Well it took a year for someone to answer....
Included in box:
Transmitting unit - approx 5" x 3" x 2" with removable antennae - looks very similar to a typical wireless router;
Receiver unit - approx same size as transmitting unit but antennae is non-removable.
2 grounded DC power supply units
1 RCA-type connector cable
1 2-way coax cable splitter
1 remote w/ batteries
Instruction manual including online tech support and phone support
I've been looking for a wireless cable transmitter solution for my kitchen off and on for a while now. I put it off until after my kitchen remodel was complete.
In summary, the Angeltrax Wireless Cable TV solution is a transmitter that takes the signal from your coax cable and sends it, up to 300 feet, to a receiver that is ported to another TV (thru the 3-pronged RCA type connectors). The receiver TV then can work independently from the "transmitting TV" and act just like it was hard-wired for cable. The only catch is that you must be receiving some sort of cable TV programming from your local cable provider (obviously or what signal would you be "sharing"?). A cable splitter is provided so that you can easily take the coax cable from the wall and divide the signal to your current TV or cable box and the new AngelTrax transmitter. Instructions are included for hooking up the transmitter directly to your cable box for broadcasting a digital signal (for example) but you need to buy an additional RCA cable to perform this "advanced" set-up.
A nifty idea if you don't want to have your local cable company boring holes into your interiors walls or if you want to put a TV outside occasionally. Another use is for college dorm life where one cable bill can be split out to 2 separate dorm rooms within 300 feet of each other.
Does it work? Yes with some issues. I think it depends greatly on where you locate the receiver. Like I said previously, my "non wired" or receiving TV is a 14" flat screen in the kitchen. Also located within 8 feet of this TV is a microwave and a laptop PC that is part of my wireless home network. The combination of these wireless transmitting devices distresses the signal. When the microwave is in use forget about watching the TV - way too much interference. With the microwave off I still get the occasional flicker of the screen and audio "burps". The instruction manual does state clearly that microwaves will case signal issues. The transmitting box and the receiver are located approx 50 feet from each other. When I walk directly in front of the receiver is when I get most of the minor interference. Maybe I'm radioactive.
Out of the box it takes approx 10 minutes to set up the basic system solution. The system comes with 8 different signal settings so you need to play around with the 8 to find out which gives you the clearest picture and sound quality. Just be sure if the receiver unit is on signal channel "2" that the transmittor is also on signal channel "2" or else you'll get no picture (i.e., make sure both units are on the same signal). Since the 2 boxes are most likely in different rooms, this is a step best performed by 2 people - one person at the receiver and one person at the transmitter - so that you can change the signal channel simultaneously and so that the person on the receiver end can view the picture quality. This will definitely save you some walk around time.
Picture and audio quality are equal to a wired cable TV except for the occasional hiccups as I described previously.
The instructions are much like a quick-step installation guide and, really, there isn't much to getting it up and running. I wish there was more depth to their literature but you can also go online or *gasp* use their phone support. I did go online and found a quick solution to improving my picture quality by using a hidden secret transmitter/receiver signal combination that should have just been included in the manual to begin with.
The system is well packed.
Phone support was not used.
Device was not used outside the kitchen due to my laziness. Had it been I'm fairly confident the signal would have been much clearer. Also I did not test the 300 limits that the advertising adheres to.
Remote is OK but for some reason I could not get the channel up and channel down functions to work. As this is not a channel surfing TV it's really a non-issue for me. In my case, I have to manually enter the digits for each channel to go to it.
In summary Im fairly happy with the purchase. It was easy and seems to do OK for watching TV while making dinner. Best Buy online and provantage.com or ebay are the best places to purchase this item. Cost will be a tad above a Franklin.
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