Crest Electronics Wireless TV Link
- Wireless content streaming, Relatively inexpensive, Change channels at either location
- Fiddly setup, Restricted to watching one channel at both locations, Need two remotes
If you are aware of the limitations, especially not being able to watch different channels at different locations, but still want the ability to watch cable TV at multiple locations, the Crest Wireless TV Link provides a simple way to do so.
Price$ 199.95 (AUD)
If you have a cable TV connection at home, then no doubt you've experienced the frustration that limits you to watching it on only the television that is hooked up to the cable set top (decoder) box. This means that even if you have multiple televisions, you can only watch cable TV on one of them - unless of course, you are willing to fork out substantially more for extra set top boxes.
The Wireless TV Link from Crest attempts to address this problem by allowing you to stream cable TV to other locations and succeeds in doing so - to a degree. Included in the Crest package are two small silver units, one that acts as a transmitter and one that acts as a receiver. The system works by hooking up the transmitter to your cable TV box, and then connecting the receiver to the television you want to watch it on. The signal is then essentially streamed wirelessly from the box to your TV.
To hook up the units, you have the choice of standard composite connections or an S-Video cable for better video quality. Both the transmitter and receiver need to be plugged into an power source, so you'll have to have a spare one handy. It is important to note that while we used it for Cable TV, the Wireless TV Link can be used with any device that has a composite or S-Video output. Our home entertainment setup is quite complicated as it is, and in order to use these units, we had to purchase three RCA adapters (you can get them for around $5.00) to allow for multiple connections.
We also experienced a few problems setting the units up, and it did involve a fair few trips up and down flights of stairs. Although it should be simple, the supplied manual wasn't exactly overflowing with information, and the setup required a fair bit of tweaking. We recommend you set this up with the help of someone else as at least this will preserve your energy, if not your sanity.
To test these units, we placed one television downstairs (with the cable connection) and one upstairs. On the whole the reception was clear, but at times we did experience a slight crackling of interference. The sound quality wasn't the best either, and we had to turn our TV volume quite high in order to properly hear. Still, this isn't a digital connection so we can't be too critical. Crest promises a range of around 100m and it does deliver.
Perhaps the main limitation of this device is that you are restricted to watching just the one channel at both locations. For example, if you are watching Channel 1 on the first television, Channel 1 will also be streamed to the second television. You cannot watch different channels on different televisions at once which is rather disappointing.
One aspect of the package we did appreciate was the ability to change channels at both locations. This involves placing a small IR sensor in front of the source box which allows you to change the channel using the remote at either location. Setting this up is really fiddly, as you'll need to align the sensor exactly. Even then, we found it requires two or three good presses to make the control work. To make good use of this feature though, you'll need two remotes - we used one Universal Remote and one for the Set top Box - otherwise you'll be walking from one location to other all the time just to get the remote.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Plex Cloud is now open to all paid users
- Google eyes remote content controls for parents in YouTube Kids app
- Up next for Apple TV: 4K streaming reportedly in the works
- Apple’s original TV shows are almost ready for prime time
- Apple snags Amazon Fire TV exec to lead Apple TV efforts
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- CCSolution Architect - Audio Visual/Video DomainVIC
- CCIT Information Architect..VIC
- CCBusiness Specialist - Data ManagementNSW
- FTOracle E-Business Technical ConsultantVIC
- CCSenior Java Web DeveloperNSW
- FTICT Program Manager- Transformation - Gov backgroundNSW
- FTInside Sales Consultants - SMSF SoftwareNSW
- FTProduct Manager - IoTNSW
- FTCapacity ManagerACT
- FTPERMANENT Business AnalystsWA
- CCOracle DeveloperVIC
- CCSenior UNIX AdministratorNSW
- CCSoftware ManagerVIC
- TPSenior Business Analyst - GISQLD
- CCBusiness Analyst - Cyber Security EnvironmentACT
- FTPHP / WordPress DeveloperQLD
- CCSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- FT.Net DeveloperNSW
- CCNetwork Design SpecialistNSW
- FTEngineer Control Systems SpecialistSA
- FTSenior Data ConsultantWA
- CCSOE Business AnalystACT
- FTSenior System EngineerNSW
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerACT
- FTProject Engineer - Data & IP NetworksNSW