Wireless TV: What You Need to Know

Is there a wireless TV solution for your television model? Try these

Wireless TV is a general term used to refer to sending photos, videos, or other media from a smart device or computer to a television without the use of cables.

A wireless TV connection, also sometimes referred to as a cordless TV connection, can be made through the use of a variety of wireless solutions ranging from wireless USB and HDMI devices to sending data over a Wi-Fi network.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to get wireless TV working in your home or workplace and which forms of cable-free solutions are the most popular.

Wireless HDMI

Wireless HDMI is a cordless TV solution for connecting devices such as a DVD or Blu-ray player to a television without the use of the usual HDMI cables. This method usually requires the use of two specifically designed wireless HDMI devices with one meant for broadcasting a signal from the media player and another for receiving it and sending it to the TV. These are typically referred to as a transmitter and a receiver.

Kogan 5GHz Wireless HDMI Extension System.
Kogan

A wireless HDMI extension system can cost a few hundred dollars for one that supports HD signals and several hundred dollars for a 4K compatible one. This high price point is likely the reason why wireless HDMI is rarely used by the average consumer and is mostly seen in public places such as a bar or hotel.

WirelessHD

WirelessHD refers to a specific technology that uses the 7 GHz channel in the 60 GHz radio band to make a wireless TV connection. Similar to wireless HDMI, WirelessHD uses a transmitter that connects to a media source and a receiver to receive the signal and display the media on a television screen or monitor.

WiGig, WHDI, and WirelessHD are all variants of this same base technology and there have been a variety of products released that use them, most usually costing a few hundred dollars.

Wireless USB

Wireless USB can be one of the easiest solutions for how to get wireless TV working on a more traditional television model that doesn’t support any built-in wireless functionality. Your TV will need to have a USB port, however.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter
Microsoft

Once set up, the wireless USB devices uses a radio signal which can send media from your computer or other device to your TV screen. Similar USB devices are also often used to connect printers, video game controllers, and scanners to a computer wirelessly though these won’t work for connecting to your TV.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is by far the most-common way to connect laptops and other devices to a TV wirelessly due to the massive support for the technology in modern TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets. This method involves connecting your TV and chosen device to the same Wi-Fi internet connection which is then used to transmit data wirelessly.

Miracast, Apple’s AirPlay, and Google’s Chromecast are all forms of Wi-Fi and at least one of these will be supported on your computer or smart device.

If your TV model lacks support for Wi-Fi connectivity, you can use a streaming product such as an Apple TV, Chromecast, or Fire Stick to receive the signal instead. Video game consoles such as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Sony’s PlayStation 4 and 5 also support this functionality.

Wi-Fi is also used by wireless TV headphones and wireless surround sound speakers for TV and wireless home theater setups.

Native Apps and Cloud Streaming

The proliferation of smart TVs has, in many situations, made both wired and wireless connections redundant. This is due to the fact that the majority of smart TVs are now powerful enough to run media apps themselves which completely bypasses the need to stream content from a smartphone, tablet, computer, or via one of the various methods mentioned above.

Disney Plus website.
Disney

Popular streaming services such as Netflix, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Disney+ can now run directly from many TV models and a number of cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive also offer smart TV apps which let you stream your own files from your preferred cloud account. There’s even a Facebook Watch TV app available on a number of smart TVs which allows for the viewing of Facebook videos without the need for your laptop or mobile device.