The HDMI cable has transformed the way we connect our video devices. To begin with, it’s enabled modern HD video, which you can’t transmit over old-school RCA cables. For another thing, it’s far easier to hook up. You don’t have to mess around with three tips or screw in a VGA connector.
Just insert both ends of the cable and you’re ready to go. Modern HDMI standards can even be used to transmit control signals. This provides far more flexibility than older standards. Unfortunately, HDMI cables are only effective out to around 25 feet. At that point, signal degradation creeps in and your display doesn’t work as intended. So what do you do if you need to send your video signal a longer distance? The solution is to install a wireless transmitter and receiver.
Today, we’ll be reviewing four of the best wireless HDMI transmitters and receivers on the market. There are several details will need to evaluate about each one. If you’re short on time, here’s what you need to know:
- The Mirabox has a 656-foot range and supports up to four receivers.
- The POFAN has a dongle-style transmitter and supports a wireless smartphone connection.
- The J-Tech has tough metal housing and near-zero latency.
- The AIMIBO is a dongle-style kit that supports up to eight transmitters on one receiver.
Want to learn more about these HDMI transmitters and receivers? Let’s take a deep dive, and see what we come up with!
Best Overall: Mirabox Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver
- 656-foot wireless range.
- 120ms latency.
- One transmitter supports up to 4 receivers.
- Extends your device remotes.
- Local HDMI port on transmitter.
The Mirabox Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver consists of two similar-looking units. Both are black and rectangular, with a sturdy housing that measures 4.92” x 3.31” x 0.98”.
The top panel is blue, with some branding and other information. On the back is a pair of large 5.8GHz antennas that are much taller than the rest of the housing. They’re fat and beefy, with a slightly tapered form factor and a swiveling design.
The ports and controls are located on the left edge of the devices. Both have a circular power port at the back, which goes with the barrel-style DC adapter. In the middle is a reset button, along with a power indicator light.
Near the front is an HDMI in port on the transmitter, and a similar HDMI out port on the receiver. The only physical difference is the second HDMI out port on the transmitter. This allows you to patch in a second display in the same room as the transmitter. You can then show the same video on both your local and your remote display.
The signal range is impressive. With a clear line of sight, it can transmit a video signal 656 feet. In practice, there will be walls and other obstructions between the transmitter and the receiver. But no matter how you cut it, you’re looking at a pretty good distance.
The maximum video quality is only 1080p, which was mildly disappointing. That said, you get a 60Hz refresh rate, which allows for very smooth video. As with most wireless transmitters, there’s a bit of latency, clocking in at around 120 milliseconds.
In addition, there are some extra features that are worth pointing out. To begin with, the Mirabox transmitter doesn’t just transmit your video. It also transmits signals from your infrared remote.
Let’s say you have a Blu-Ray player in your living room that’s hooked into the transmitter. You’re upstairs in your bedroom watching a movie and want to pause it. Just point your Blu-Ray remote at the receiver and it will send the signal downstairs to your player.
If that’s not enough, a single transmitter can support up to four receivers. This is great if you own a bar or other establishment with multiple TVs showing the same content.
Best Runner-Up: POFAN Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver
- 164-foot wireless range.
- 100ms latency.
- Wireless connection for your smartphone.
- Supports 4K video.
- Can mirror or extend your laptop display.
The POFAN Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver has a somewhat different design. Instead of a free-standing device, the transmitter is an oval dongle. It’s constructed from black plastic, with a short pigtail that plugs into your HDMI port.
It’s very lightweight, and won’t damage your video source when you hang it up. There’s a recessed button on the front for turning on the unit. At the front end is a USB Type-C port which is used for a power supply. Just patch it into a USB power supply with the included cable, and you’re ready to go.
The receiver is also made from black plastic, but is a roughly rectangular block that sits flat on a surface. On the right side is a small power button, and the rest of the relevant features are on the back. Split to the sides is a pair of dual antennas, which can be tilted in either direction.
Between those antennas, you’ll find all of your ports. There’s a 3.5mm aux port, which can be used for headphones or a speaker. Next is a USB Type-C power input, which can be supplied from a wall charger or a power bank. After that is an HDMI port, along with a VGA port for attaching to older displays.
In addition to extending an HDMI signal, the POFAN transmitter/receiver can also be used with your smartphone. You stream or cast your screen to it just as you would to a smart TV. Whatever is on your phone screen will then appear on your display.
This can be used to effectively turn an old “dumb” TV into a smart TV. With a laptop or PC, you can also choose between a multi-display setup or a mirrored setup. There’s no difference between using a remote display or a local one.
The signal has a line-of-sight range of 164 feet if there’s a direct line of sight. Even at that range, you’ll get video in full 4K at a framerate of 30Hz, and it looks very crisp. The latency of 100ms is less-than-ideal for gaming, but it’s otherwise a non-issue.
Best High-End: J-Tech Digital Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver
- 100-foot wireless range (line of sight only)
- Zero latency.
- Supports 4K video.
- Supports 7.1-channel surround sound.
The J-Tech Digital Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver has two very similar-looking devices. In fact, the only way to tell the transmitter and receiver apart is by reading the label on the front.
The housing is constructed from aluminum rather than plastic, and is very durable. The main housing measures 3.1 inches tall, 2.2 inches wide, and 1.8 inches thick. It’s slightly tilted backwards, with a little angled support on the back to keep it standing up.
All of the ports and controls are located on the right side of the housing. At the bottom is a circular power port, and is supplied by a barrel-style AC adapter that plugs into your wall outlet. Above that is an HDMI port. On the transmitter, this connects to your video source. On the receiver, it connects to your TV or other display.
Above the HDMI port is a Micro USB port. This serves as an alternate power supply, and the package includes a USB Type-A to Micro USB power cord. You can plug it into your TV, an AC adapter, or even a USB power bank. Just above the USB port is a pair of lights that indicate the power and pairing status. At the very top is a reset button for refreshing the signal.
The signal range is 100 feet, which is a bit shorter than our other options. It also doesn’t work through walls or other major obstructions, but there’s a reason for that. The latency is virtually zero, which is great for gaming.
It’s also essential if you’re using a separate audio source and need it to be in sync. You get full 4K video at 30Hz, and it looks very crisp. Moreover, the system supports 7.1-channel surround sound. If your TV is hooked up to a sound system, you’ll be able to use that remotely as well.
J-Tech is a well-known manufacturer of HDMI equipment. In fact, we recently reviewed their HDMI Extender, which sends video signals over an Ethernet cable. We were impressed both with the design and the performance. So it made sense to see how well their wireless transmitter stacks up.
Best Portable: AIMIBO Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver
- 165-foot wireless range.
- 100ms latency.
- Supports 4K video.
- Wireless connection for your smartphone.
- Can use up to 8 transmitters with a single receiver.
The AIMIBO Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver are both designed as dongles. This makes them easy to carry around, so you can set them up and tear them down as needed. The units are disc-shaped, and are constructed from black ABS plastic. On the sides is a pair of rubber pads, with dimples that make them easy to grip. You can order three different grip colors: blue, red, or grey.
At the back end of both units is an HDMI pigtail that plugs easily into your devices. They’re very light, and won’t damage your port if they end up hanging. At the front end of each dongle is a USB Type-C power port.
The kit includes a pair of cables, although you’ll have to provide your own AC adapter or other power supply. The kit also ships with a Micro HDMI adapter and a Mini HDMI adapter. This lets you work with devices like cameras and certain tablets that use a smaller form factor plug. Or you can connect to the transmitter via WiFi and cast your video.
The line-of-sight signal range of 165 feet is excellent, and the 100 millisecond latency is good for a wireless system. Video quality is excellent, at 4K and 30 frames per second. The system also supports up to eight transmitters for a single receiver. You can cycle through them by pressing a small button on the receiver.
All of these wireless HDMI transmitters and receivers could be the right choice under the right circumstances. But which one is the perfect fit for you? We’ve gone over them in depth. Now let’s review the highlights.
We started by looking at the Mirabox Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver. With its incredible 656-foot range, this is the clear favorite if you need to send your signal a long distance. The downside of this long range is that the video will “only” be in 1080p. However, you get support for a local display as well as a remote one, and can add up to three more receivers. The IR controller support is a great touch as well, since it simplifies controlling your video source.
After that, we checked out the POFAN Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver. This system has a reduced range of 164 feet, but should still work fine in most houses. It also provides full 4K video that looks absolutely stunning. The dongle-style transmitter is compact and unobtrusive, and also supports phone casting. We also liked the VGA port on the receiver, which makes it usable with older monitors and projectors.
Next on our list was the J-Tech Digital Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver. This one has the shortest range, and it only works with a direct line of sight. That said, the 4K video looks fantastic, and the latency might as well be zero. We also liked the aluminum housings, which make both units very durable.
We finished up by reviewing the AIMIBO Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver. This kit consists of two dongles, so you don’t have to carry any bulky equipment. The signal range and video quality are right up there with other good wireless systems. Best of all, it supports up to eight transmitters for one receiver, so you can switch between different video sources.