: WiDi devices lets you stream video from your laptop to your HDTV


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hugh
2011-06-14, 12:19 PM
D-Link said today that its MainStage wireless display adaptor will be available in Canada next month for $130. The Mainstage is one of many soon to be released devices that employs Intel's Wireless Display technology, known as WiDI.

According to Intel, WiDi enables users to wirelessly stream whatever is displayed on their WiDi enabled laptop to their HDTV in full HD up to 1080p video resolution.

Competing for shelf space with Mainstage in the coming months will be WiDi adaptors from Netgear and Belkin. Netgear is calling their adaptor Push2TV while Belkin calls theirs Screencast.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/push2tv.jpg

habskilla
2011-06-15, 07:12 PM
I was looking into these wireless devices to fill a need at home where I didn't want to run a wire. These devices looked good until I read the it had to be LOS.

pulp
2011-06-16, 12:02 PM
What's LOS?

This unit rocks though! Works perfectly, love it but I have an i7 with 8GIG of RAM. I got the PTV2000 2 weeks ago, online, to Ottawa and it took 2.5 days from ordering to door, awesome!

NET-PTV2000100NAS NETGEAR PTV2000 TV TUNER - 100.99 100.99
FUNCTIONS: VIDEO STREAMING, VIDEO
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PCFRT SHIPPING FEE 13.99


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hugh
2011-06-16, 12:05 PM
I believe he means Line of Sight.

habskilla
2011-06-16, 12:06 PM
Correct, Line of Sight.

pulp
2011-06-16, 12:10 PM
I believe he means Line of Sight.

Thank you. :) Well, it's not that bad. Can't say I tried it away and around a corner or another floor BUT: My i7 laptop is at least 40 feet away and tucked on a built-in desk in the kitchen. There's a huge couch in the family room blocking the LOS and the ptv200 is actually INSIDE an entertainment unit, behind a glass door at the bottom, a few inches from the floor. And the signal strength is 100%. Just FYI.... :)

hugh
2011-06-16, 12:10 PM
I guess if it has to be LOS, then you might as well just use an HDMI cable and save yourself $120. I also assume that using a cable would deliver better quality video and fewer headaches.

Edit: after reading Pulps posts, it sounds like it has some potential since that is not really LOS.

pulp
2011-06-16, 12:11 PM
I guess if it has to be LOS, then you might as well just use an HDMI cable and save yourself $120.

I also assume that using a cable would deliver better quality video and fewer headaches.
In my case, that would be 80 feet HDMI to snake around walls etc... LOL No way, this is GREAT. :)

hugh
2011-06-16, 12:14 PM
I edited my post. Clearly your situation is not LOS

pulp
2011-06-16, 12:23 PM
I'll post a pic of the set up! Hold up...

Small wall actually partially blocking, then there's the couch. 55" LED HDTV in background on wall:

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PTV2000 on top of bottom shelf, glass door opened for pic:

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pulp
2011-06-16, 12:26 PM
I just want to add fellahs, I cannot tell the difference between HDMI cabled and this PTV2000 streaming 1080p movie. It really freaking rocks! :)

By the way, we don't use that BR the PTV2000 is sitting on. It came with the TV and I just put it there in case the PS3 ever had difficulty playing something. Of course, the PS3 rocks as a BR playah and works perfectly. I use the HDMI fished through the inside wall (all wires are) for the BR, now for the PTV2000. :) The LED HDTV seemingly floats on the wall, like a painting, I can't stand wires! :cool:

DO dl these 4 files, and the Toshiba one if applicable to you... The widget is cool, work on the laptop while kids are watching a streamed movie etc... :cool:


http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wtech/iwd/sb/CS-031109.htm

Tikker
2011-06-16, 12:55 PM
I was looking into these wireless devices to fill a need at home where I didn't want to run a wire. These devices looked good until I read the it had to be LOS.
I think when they say LoS they mean it in the same way that all 802.11 wifi is LoS

ie, they're not gonna guarantee it'll work thru walls/floors, but it probably will

pulp
2011-06-16, 01:17 PM
I was looking into these wireless devices to fill a need at home where I didn't want to run a wire. These devices looked good until I read the it had to be LOS.

If anyone really would like me to test it upstairs, let me know! :)

habskilla
2011-06-17, 03:29 PM
I'm letting you know, please test.

My situation is I want to hang a monitor in my kitchen. But I don't want to run a HDMI cable to the downstairs computer. The kitchen is right above where the computer is. So I was hoping this device would work but I was put off because the write up said LOS.

pulp
2011-06-17, 03:32 PM
Okeedokee habskilla, expect a testing result some time this evening (EST), I'm at work now. Subscribe to this thread to receive an email alert. ;)

pulp
2011-06-17, 03:40 PM
I'm letting you know, please test.

The kitchen is right above where the computer is. So I was hoping this device would work but I was put off because the write up said LOS.

I will bring my laptop DOWNSTAIRS, directly below my TV to exactly replicate your conditions.

You mention "computer" not a laptop, it has an Intel WiDi enabled wireless card, eh?

pulp
2011-06-17, 04:02 PM
By the way, I have hardwood floors, so that's HARDwood on TOP of plywood. Gonna be a tough trial! :o :p

pulp
2011-06-17, 05:11 PM
I'm letting you know, please test.

Blu-Ray stream of "Battle: Los Angeles" (intense high speed graphics action) below the HDTV and about 8 feet in front of the wall, from the basement, through two layers of wood. ROCK SOLID! I then brought it UPSTAIRS to the second storey master-bedroom, direct opposite angle from the HDTV on main floor (as far away as possible) and the stream was still PERFECT!

This PTV2000 is simply.... freaking AWESOME!


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Haven't bothered to try it outside...................... yet. :p

pulp
2011-06-17, 08:55 PM
I think when they say LoS they mean it in the same way that all 802.11 wifi is LoSie, they're not gonna guarantee it'll work thru walls/floors, but it probably will

I can absofreakinglutely confirm it does work through walls/floors, 100%!!! :D

habskilla
2011-06-18, 03:53 PM
Thanks pulp for doing all that. Now I have a good option to avoid running cables.