- Brand Name: Philips
- Model Number: SWW1800/27
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year
Philips SWW1800/27 Wireless HDTV Link (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Enjoy perfect digital entertainment without wires -delivers 1080p HD video and digital sound
- Place your HDTV anywhere in your room-can be mounted behind your TV with supplied hardware
- Works with all your HD receivers and HD players; connects up to two HDMI inputs for full digital HD connection in one cable;
- Connect Blu-ray, game console, set top box or DVD wireless
- Plug and play -no set up required
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The universal solution that delivers wireless High Definition TV quality, while respecting your home decor. The SWW1800 delivers 1080 p/24 picture and digital audio quality. With HDMI-CEC compliance, you can easily control most devices.
From the Manufacturer
Wireless HDTV Link is technology that consumers are demanding – and Philips’ wireless product provides solid HD performance and improves aesthetics of the home without the cost or hassle of a custom installation.
With Philips Wireless HDTV Link, you can relocate your HD devices (set-top box and other AV components) up to 75 feet away from the TV without signal loss or degradation. The Wireless HDTV Link also offers an alternative to costly, labor-intensive in-wall custom installation and a solution where in-wall custom installation is impossible (concrete, stone or brick walls).
The Wireless HDTV Link allows you to connect four AV devices to your TV, two digital HDMI™ connections and two component connections. Users have the freedom to switch between these devices simply and quickly, without having to change cables and plugs in between uses.
Philips Wireless HDTV Link is one of the first digital wireless technologies that transmits up to a 1080p HD signal and negates the need for cables, combining form and function. The receiver is specially designed to fit behind standard TV wall mounts so that it is out of sight and won’t ruin the aesthetics of the room.
Make Your TV Wire Free
- Place your HDTV at the best location in the room without the burden and limitations of multiple HDMI and AV cables running across the walls
- Relocate your AV components (Blu-ray players, cable and satellite set-top-boxes, game consoles, DVD players) out of sight for a better aesthetics of your living room
- Place your HDTV anywhere within a room even in challenging areas such as above fireplaces or in passageways
- Bring the best quality high-definition TV signal (up to 1080p) wirelessly to a projector on the ceiling without the cables
- Digital transmission of up to 1080p – the signal is never compressed and retains all the attributes as if it were transmitted through a standard HDMI cable
- Operates anywhere within a 75-foot range of the TV – in an entertainment center or on the other side of the room – without signal loss or degradation
- Connects to up to four devices: two HDMI connections and two component video inputs
Top Customer Reviews
Philips gets bonus points for including an HDMI cable. This the first high definition device I've used that actually comes with one. I hope other manufacturers follow their lead.
I tested the device in my home, transmitting the output of a high definition camcorder and a few other devices approximately thirty feet across my living room to a plasma television.
Below are my observations. I am happy to answer additional questions left in the comment section.
This is strictly designed to be a "short haul" device. It does not have the range of a cordless phone or wireless internet router, but it does accomplish the goal of allowing video components to be located dozens of feet away from a television. It worked fine in the largest room in my home, but it did not work when I located the transmitter in an adjacent room.
There are four inputs on the transmitter, two HDMI and two component. Note that the two component video inputs do not have digital audio connectors, so only stereo analog audio can be transmitted back to the television on those ports. Digital audio transmits perfectly through the two HDMI connectors.
I tested the device with a number of components, including an HDV camcorder connected over component video cable, an upconverting DVD player connected via HDMI, and a Flip Camera connected via HDMI. Everything looked great at a thirty foot transmit distance with no noticeable degradation.
VIDEO GAME COMPATIBILITY
The Philips Wireless HDTV link does not recompress video so there are no noticeable delays between a button press and a reaction on screen.
The device will only support consoles that transmit over component video or HDMI. Newer Xbox 360s and Playstation 3 consoles have HDMI ports. The Wii does not support HDMI, but its optional component cable will work. The original Xbox, Gamecube, and some Playstation 2 consoles can work via optional component cables but older consoles will not work and will need to be directly connected to the television.
This device requires the television have an available HDMI port. Many older HDTVs are lacking HDMI connectors so you'll want to ensure your television supports HDMI before purchasing.
NO AV DEVICE CONTROL
This is strictly a video transmitter, it will not pass commands to your components. It also adds another remote control to your collection.
There isn't any. Select the device and it shows up on the screen if the transmitter is in range. It simply transmits whatever the device wants to send to the television.
This is an expensive device but it works as advertised. In some cases it may be cheaper to hire a professional to install your home theater system and hide its associated cables. But if that's not an option this device will accomplish the task. It works beautifully and is surprisingly simple to set up.
I hope they will fix this with a firmware upgrade, but for now, you have to do that if you want to use the PS3 with this device. Most PS3 games, however, run at 720p so it's not really a big deal. Oddly though, even though I unchecked 1080p in the PS3, when I play Blu-ray movies on the PS3 (via Philips), my HDTV will detect it/run it at 1080p instead of 1080i, so that's good.
The biggest advantage about using this Philips wireless device with the PS3 is that the PS3 uses Bluetooth technology, so you can still control the PS3 from another room! (if you plan on controlling DVD devices or old game consoles, it better be in the same room or get additional IR sensors) Sending a video signal wirelessly, let alone in HD, seems crazy or unreliable, but I was impressed that I was actually playing the PS3 on my HDTV all the way downstairs, by just connecting the lightweight Philips receiver to it, and just leaving the PS3 upstairs/connected to the Philips transmitter. It worked all in real-time and no lag or issues. I think that was the coolest thing and was most impressive. I'm sure one day, there should be multiple receivers available with this set, so you can have it on all the TVs!
It takes about 8 seconds to switch to the HDMI inputs. But switching from HDMI to component input can take as long as 15 seconds!
I was hoping to connect the Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player to this Philips, but it seems that has some complications. I noticed when navigating through the menu in WD Live, when connected via Philips wirelessly, it moved sluggishly than when it was connected directly to the HDTV. Certain videos played back seem to slightly lag (see video I uploaded), while surprisingly, playing back large HD MKV files via WD Live + Philips wireless played smooth. It has mixed results, so in the end, I ended up just connecting the WD Live directly to my HDTV instead. It's unfortunate the two weren't a great match.
Both devices (transmitter/receiver) require connecting a power supply (included). You can switch inputs directly from the unit or by the remote. The transmitter/receiver is very light with a plastic casing; personally, I think the plastic element equals kind of cheap, but I guess it's good to keep the weight down/looks not bad.
+ Amazing range/sending HD signal in real-time (technology is incredible).
+ Very light (receiver/transmitter)
+ Two HDMI inputs and Two components.
+ Comes with one HDMI cable (intended for the receiver)
+ Comes with pads to stick the receiver behind the HDTV.
- Not a perfect match with the Western Digital TV Live (some videos/menu stutter)
- One issue with the PS3 (must uncheck 1080p in options)
- Why is the power supply cord so short!? It's like not even 5 feet long.
- Receiver only has one HDMI output (no component connection for old HDTVs!)
- Switching inputs is not instant - there is a 8-14 second delay (switching from HDMI to component device takes longer).
- Really generic remote (does not light up or anything... but I guess it doesn't matter because home theater set-ups is usually controlled by a nicer Universal remote.)
- Doesn't come with IR sensors, if you plan on putting IR controlled devices in another room.
- Steep price
Update: The receiver started making this weird high-pitch frequency noise one time. It was REALLY annoying. I'm not exactly sure what caused it, but it seemed to finally go away after I dusted off the transmitter. I don't know if that was just a coincidence or something else was interfering, but just something to keep in mind. It shouldn't be making that weird noise.