ARIES Home+ Wireless Review
Over the last few years, video-streaming technology has made it easier to stream content from our mobile-devices to a television through dongles or devices like Google Chromecast or Apple TV. While those devices are wonderful for streaming content from our portable devices to a television, they won’t stream live-tv or video from our cable-box and players to another television or projector. That’s where the Nyrius ARIES Home+ Wireless device aims to make your life easier, offering a terrific way to stream full HD content from a cable-box to another screen via an HDMI receiver and transmitter.
There are a few key-moments that the ARIES Home+ Wireless was specifically designed for, where the device is an obvious solution, and a few that you might not have thought-of yet. Our living-rooms are usually centered around our televisions, it’s basically what all of our furniture is pointed at, and where the television stands (or is mounted) is based on where the cable-input is housed in the room.
Sometimes families can easily snake the cables along the floorboards or discreetly along the fireplace, but other-times putting your television where you would like to have it it would require having the cable-company come in and re-install the cable-outlet entirely. There are other times that the cables would be too-much of an eyesore to have the television where you would like it, or you don’t want to start ripping apart your house or apartment to mount a television on your children’s bedroom wall, or have cable installed in a particular space. Other times you won’t want to pay to have a projector you rarely use be outfitted with a cable-input or get an outside cable-input installed, these are a few of the times that ARIES Home+ Wireless will save you a lot of money and make your life a lot simpler.
The device can stream HD content from a Blu-ray/DVD player, digital cable box, satellite receiver, laptop, or gaming console up to 100ft away and wirelessly. It can be tricky at times to stream content out of one room and into another when walls are in the way, but it’s not impossible, it’s just not ideal and may have some issues in quality. Ideal solutions include mounting a television over the fireplace, or having a game-console connected to a mounted television while still in the same room. In these situations you won’t have to worry about where in the room the cable-input is, or have an HDMI wire connected to your PS4 to a television. You will only have to hide a power-cord from your television and the receiver, and the cable-box or Blu-ray player can sit tucked-away anywhere in the room while you stream HD content to your television.
Setting up this wireless device is simple, but the instructions given by the company are a nightmare to read. Opening the box is a nest of wireless and black-boxes and the instructions are “Ikea-level” frustrating, but it’s actually one of the easiest devices to set-up once you understand each part. The instructions are just poorly designed on paper, not intricate, a simple how-to video from the company would make a world of difference in this matter and a little patience and picture deciphering will have you up and running in no-time. The device itself has no menus or settings, once everything is connected properly you will be streaming your HD content.
The IR extenders allow your remotes to work even though you are no longer sitting in front of your devices. To use our previous fireplace example, imagine if you mounted the television on your fireplace but your cable-box and Blu-ray player are still neatly sitting back in the corner with your cable-input. With the extended-sensors you can use still use your regular remotes aimed at your newly mounted TV and the information will be transmitted wirelessly through the device back to the original cable-box, so it’s like nothing has been moved at all.
The box-claims about 100 feet of distance while still supporting perfect HD streaming, but in reality I saw some issues when moving past the 75ft range. Maybe if you lived in a room alone, with a perfect 100ft of uninterrupted space and limited electronic devices surrounding you while you watch TV, you can hit the 100ft mark but I don’t think that’s the “typical” situation in homes.
That being said, 75ft is more than enough to stream to a projector outside on your deck or into your garage for a quick movie-night or for a sporting event. The idea of watching your favorite movie wirelessly through a projector on a perfect summer-night should be the picture they have on the box, because a few nights of outside movie-fun would have been the greatest invention ever when I was a kid.
When I wasn’t pushing the limits of distance, interference and trying the limits of the device, everything was perfect. No one else in the room with me realized that I was streaming content from my cable-box to the television without a physical connection. Sound, picture quality, responsiveness, everything was working just as well as when I had a regular HDMI connection with the cable-box, which is an amazing accomplishment on behalf of Nyrius.
So this is my recommendation if you find yourself looking to stream HD content from a cable-box, console or Blu-ray player to a television. The ARIES Home+ Wireless can be a perfect solution, it’s easy to use, pretty affordable and extremely reliable, but each house comes with its own set of problems and variables with distance and interference so be prepared. The company has an amazing customer-service department should anything be physically wrong your device, but if it’s a distance or interference problem that you simply can’t fix, you will want to make sure you can return it. Go with someone that will allow you to return it with ease, like Amazon or ask at a local retailer like Best Buy before you make the purchase. Confirm that you can return it should something unexpected come up and you will be set for any problems. In my experience, the device is a dream when the conditions are right and it can handle a great distance and easily work through almost any of the typical issues that you may throw at it, but when dealing with wireless-anything, you want to make sure you are covered.
more info: amazon