How to Hook Up a Wii to a TV Without Cables
By Marshal M. Rosenthal
Updated September 22, 2017
Items you will need
Wii A/V cable
Composite video cable
The Nintendo Wii outputs video and audio in the same manner as other game consoles. You can connect a Wii to a TV without having cables going directly from one to the other by using a wireless transmission kit. The kit is available from electronics shops and select computer stores. Wireless transmits the standard-definition video and audio from the Wii to the TV. A built-in wireless network takes care of all that is needed in order for the Wii and the TV to make contact.
Place the wireless transmitter next to the Wii. Plug the transmitter’s power cord into a wall outlet for power. Insert the Wii A/V cable’s plug into the socket on the Wii. Insert the video plug at the other end of the A/V cable into the video input on the transmitter. Insert the red and white audio plugs at the free end of the A/V cable into the red and white audio inputs on the transmitter.
Press the transmitter’s “On” button, if there is one. Angle an external antenna, if there is one, in the general direction of the TV set. Press the “Channel” button on the transmitter until channel “1” lights up. Press the “Source” button on the transmitter until “Video” lights up.
Place the wireless receiver next to the TV. Insert one end of a composite video cable into the “Video” output on the receiver. Insert the other end of the composite video cable into a video input on the side or back panel of the TV. Insert the red and white audio plugs at one end of an audio cable into the red and white audio outputs on the receiver. Insert the red and white audio plugs at the other end of the audio cable into the red and white audio inputs on the side or back panel of the TV.
Turn the TV on with its remote. Press “Menu,” “Video” and “Video input.” Select the video input that the composite video cable is plugged into. Press “Menu” again to exit the menu settings.
Plug the receiver’s power cord into a wall outlet for power. Press the receiver’s “On” button, if there is one. Angle an external antenna, if there is one, in the general direction of the Wii. Press the “Channel” button on the receiver until channel “1” lights up. Press the “Source” button on the receiver until “Video” lights up.
Turn the Wii on and watch the "Home" menu appear on the TV set, even though there are no cables connected between the Wii and the TV directly.
An S-video cable, if the wireless transmitter/receiver allows for this, will provide a better picture than the composite video cable will.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."