Tech Tuesday – One For All Wireless TV Sender SV1730 Review
Not as Interference free as the marketing makes out, but still a cheap and easy to set up solution to get your TV in an alternative room
One For All have come up with an extremely cost-effective way of watching TV in a room that would not normally allow it. But does it really work? Scott takes a look
We have all been there, come on admit it, we want to have our TV signal transmitted to a room that has no connections. You either pay SKY to set up multi-room (at a charge of £10 a month) or get an indoor aerial and in this day and age of Digital signals is mostly a thankless effort. But there is another option – A Wireless TV Sender. This option is not without its problems, often the wireless signal is prone to interference from other devices in your home and can be very frustrating to use.
The boffins at One For All claim to have covered this issue with their latest Wireless TV Sender, the SV1730. They claim that it is INTERFERENCE free. When I got approached for a review of one of these, I almost snapped their hands off. You see we have a TV in the kitchen which currently is used solely for DVD viewing. But can it really be interference free?
When the box arrived I was surprised at how small these units were. Smaller than a CD with a funny little aerial on top. The set up was very painless indeed. A simple plugging in of the SCART leads to the SKY box and then one to the target TV, switch on and you are away.
Our house is a solid construction from the 1960s with thick walls, so it was going to be a good test. The TV and receiver is about 5 metres away from the sender, but only has one wall in its way. Unfortunately the claims of an interference free signal do not seem to ring true. With no matter of aerial wiggling or re-positioning I couldn’t get rid of the vertical lines clearly visible on the screen. If someone walks past the receiver it gets worse, and reminded me of growing up with a portable TV in my bedroom. So interference free, it is not.
On the plus side the magic eye for the remote works like a dream and without all the faffing around I have had in the past from setting one of these up we were soon controlling the SKY box from the other room.
But, at the end of the day if you after an option to get TV in an alternative room without the extra cost of a multiroom set up (£10 a month) and are not bothered about the vertical lines the signal seems to transmit. Then you can do a lot worse. For us it is fine as the Kitchen TV is only viewed at Breakfast, but if it was one of your main viewing areas it might be a lot to live with.