Often my friends come over to my place and want to watch movies and I have a habit of storing my movies on my laptop, clustering around my laptop just to see the latest episode of a trending movie is not always a pleasant idea, so I began to search for a way to connect my laptop to my TV, I was happy when I learnt how to do this using just the HDMI cable, but this means my laptop will have to be close to my TV.
After awhile I imagined there could be a way to achieve same result wirelessly, and that was when I started searching for any device that can connect my laptop to my TV via a wireless connection so I can stream movies on my TV without my laptop being close to the TV so everyone can watch from any position in my house. And that was when I first heard of the Intel Wireless Display (WiDi).
The Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) works this way, you hook up your TV HDMI or RCA cable at the back of the NETGEAR Push2TV PTV1000 receiver and then you can pair your TV and your laptop with the receiver when you launch the Intel’s WiDi software. I was lucky to have a laptop that supports this technology, my Dell Studio 15Z came pre-installed with this software.
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
Once you press the connect button, your computer will send a wireless signal to the receiver and once an authentication has been validated your computer desktop environment will be ported to your TV. You can check the system requirements for the Intel Wireless Display here to find out if your laptop is compatible with this technology.
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The NETGEAR Push2TV TV Adapter for Intel Wireless Display PTV1000 is sold for less than $40 at Amazon. While it’s true there may be some lags on the display of which NETGEAR admitted to a latency of about 0.5 seconds between the laptop and the TV, they also explained that the idea of this technology is just for a sit-back and watch your favorite movies on a bigger screen without any limitation of distance between you and your TV, it is not meant for gaming or ordinary everyday computer use like editing MS word documents etc.
So if you are looking to enjoy watching your favorite online TV shows on a bigger screen, or watch your favorite pictures on a TV, stream movies on your laptop on a TV, make a Skype call from a bigger screen with your entire family, then you should get the Intel Wireless Display Adapter for your TV.
Now i can sit back with my friends and watch our favorite online TV series on a bigger screen. How about Saturday live matches? Sure! It’s even more fun now hanging out in my place. Get yourself an Intel Wireless Display adapter today and see the difference.