Intel Wireless Display
Intel Wireless Display
• Digital cameras
• Video game consoles
The Intel design uses a built-in WiFi chip included in all Intel laptops equipped with Core Technology. This chip device interacts or syncs with a Netgear Pust2 PVT100 receiver box. The receiver box, in turn, connects with an HDTV through a cable. Once the computer and the receiver box sync up, anything that comes up on the computer will appear on the HDTV display. Intel’s Improvements as wireless technology has been around for a spell, Intel’s new design adds yet another level of convenience for the avid computer user. Its predecessor, Wisair’s Wireless USB device, uses what’s known as Ultra Wide Band technology to connect a computer to an HDTV. This design uses a computer’s USB port, a receiver and HDMI cables that connect the receiver to the HDTV.The Intel Wireless Display improves upon the Ultra Wide Band design by eliminating the need for the flash-drive extension, which can be somewhat cumbersome when using a laptop. Instead of sending data transmissions through the USB port, this process takes place inside a pre-installed software program included on Intel/Core Technology laptops.The software program works off of Intel’s My Wifi application where a user can create a Personal Area Connection (PAN). PAN links the computer’s Integrated Graphics chipset with its wireless chip. This in turn allows the computer to transmit data through the Netgear Pust2 PVT100 receiver box and onto an HDTV.
As with any new innovative technology, the Intel Wireless Display does come with its own share of drawbacks. The fact of the matter is, not all laptops come with the much needed built-in WiDi component. Not unlike all things technological, newer is better so those who must have the newest models on the market most likely have this WiDi component installed. On the bright side, there’s a good chance some retailers who sell WiDi-capable laptops will bundle the Netgear box in with the computer.
Another drawback has more to do with what cannot be streamed across an HDTV rather than the Intel design itself. Laws surrounding Digital Rights Management prohibits users from running DVD or iTunes products across a Wireless Display.
Depending on the type of connection in place, the actual video generated by a Wireless Display may appear choppy. If multiple wireless devices are running nearby, there’s a possibility this will happen. Possible interference from nearby wireless connections may also slow down certain computer applications.
Streaming content from a laptop screen onto a big screen HDTV does tend to bring an ordinary computer to life. The combined effects of full HD with 5.1 surround sound will no doubt enhance anybody’s entertainment experience. Since the Intel Wireless Display integrates with most any wireless device, this new entertainment dimension can incorporate games, videos, photos and movies with the push of a button.
Another added feature to consider is Intel’s free WiDi widget. It’s a simple download application that enables users to stream different types of content onto their laptops and HDTVs at the same time. This means a person can watch a Netflix movie on the TV while browsing the web or checking email on the laptop. In effect, the widget converts the Intel Wireless Display into a multitasking environment.