IOGEAR had the biggest booth that we can remember them ever having this year, but there was one product in particular that really caught our attention. They were displaying their new Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix. It allows you to connect 5 devices, like your DVR or Blu-ray player into it, and offers one HDMI 1.4 cable to go out to the TV. Then there is a separate smaller box that you can place in another room that will allow you to watch content from any of those five sources. That means you can watch the same thing on both televisions, or watch one thing in one room, and something else in the other.
The beautiful part is that it all work wirelessly. The range is limited at 100 feet, and it will be even less if there are more walls in between the two units. The devices even have USB ports on them. Their example was plugging a PlayStation 3 into the main matrix switch via USB, and then hooking a wireless keyboard up to the receiver unit. It will then transmit the signal from the keyboard, to the PlayStation via the matrix switch. They said there is almost no latency, so even playing video games in the secondary room shouldn’t be an issue. Of course that assumes that your wireless controller will work from that far way.
IOGEAR’s Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix (part number GWHDMS52) should be available in March with an MSRP of $399.95.