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Hands On: Netgear Push2TV For Miracast and WiDi

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    Hands on: Netgear Push2TV for Miracast and WiDi | Gadgets | Geek.com (click for full article)

    Jan. 9, 2013 (9:30 am) By: Russell Holly


    "If you don't live in the all Apple world, the chances are high that in order to replicate the functionality of AirPlay you need to use more than one technology. Netgear picked up on this and has announced an inexpensive HDMI dongle that supports both Miracast and WiDi wireless video protocols.


    Intel has done its best over the last year to force WiDi to happen, and the onslaught of 140 Ultrabooks in the last two years has helped make that a reality. Especially now that every Intel Ultrabook moving forward will have WiDi on board, there stands a good chance that your next PC purchase could include the functionality.


    Meanwhile, Google has implemented the Miracast streaming protocol in Android 4.2 and made it available on the Nexus 4 as well as the Nexus 10. As we delve deeper into 2013, there will be more smartphones and PCs that will take advantage of one or the other of these technologies, but it will be a long time coming before Intel or Google yield to one another. Rather than force you to choose, Netgear has released an inexpensive dongle that allows you to use both.


    Push2TV is about half the size of a smartphone, and is designed to just hang off the back of your television or let its glossy black surface disappear into your entertainment center. The power cable for this box is USB, allowing you to either use your television or the included adapter to power the device. Once you've connected the power and HDMI cable, you'll only need to mess with the box when switching between WiDi and Miracast, which is done with a single button on the side.


    Push2TV is designed to pair with your smartphone or laptop and receive instructions from either Miracast or WiDi. With Miracast, whichever connection happens next is the one the dongle gives streaming access to, so switching between broadcasts is as simple as connecting your device and starting the stream. When testing out Miracast through the Nexus 4, there was noticeable frame drops and just a moments lag when playing games. Streaming video, however, was crisp and clear.


    Given the cost of most Miracast and WiDi adapters right now, having a $59 dongle that supports both technologies is a pretty big deal. While neither Miracast nor WiDi are quite ready to compete with AirPlay in terms of stream quality, the combination makes for an attractive close second.


    Netgear plans to make the Push2TV boxes available later this month through electronics retailers across the US."
     
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