Netgear Push2TV HD (PTV2000) review: Netgear Push2TV HD (PTV2000)

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The Good Hardware set-up is very simple. 1080p desktop streaming works well. No audio de-sync. Multiple adapters supported.

The Bad Updating software to get things to work is overly complex. High bitrate 720p and 1080p videos aren't completely smooth. Around a half-second delay means gaming isn't advisable. Works with Intel WiDi-compatible laptops only. Can suffer from Wi-Fi interference.

The Bottom Line Netgear has produced quite the nice little device, and it's a glimpse at the future of wireless video. But the Intel lock-in and bandwidth limitations mean that people will be more likely to just hook laptops up directly with HDMI.

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Looking very much like a miniature version of its routers, Netgear's Push2TV HD is the first device we've seen that takes advantage of Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi). It's a small device that allows you to stream the contents of your laptop screen to your TV, up to 1080p.

You'll need a WiDi-compatible laptop for it to work, though, and given how hard some manufacturers make it to discover which wireless chip is inside, making sure that you get the right one could be a challenge. Thankfully, some vendors are actively advertising Intel Wireless Display on their product stickers, but still, we don't envy non-tech savvy people trying to fulfil this requirement.

If you don't hit the requirements, you could always opt for the less powerful, but more flexible, McTivia . It's quite a bit more expensive, has a built-in router and only works up to 720p, but it won't punish you for not having Intel hardware all the way down the chain.

Netgear keeps things immensely simple with the Push2TV HD itself, with the front panel of the device featuring only a single LED. It stays a solid green to indicate that it's connected to a PC, and it blinks when connecting. If it's waiting for a connection, it stays an amber colour.

The rear is almost as simple, with a power button, an HDMI port, a composite video port and RCA audio. Setting up the hardware really is as easy as plugging it in.

The software side is a little more complex: you need to make sure that your wireless and display drivers are up to date, and then you need to install the Wireless Display drivers. The easiest thing to do is hit this page, and download and install what's required. Once this is done, the WiDi application can be run from the start menu, you can start the My Wi-Fi service and connect to your adapter (Intel speak for the streaming device, not the network adapter, as you'd expect). If said adapter needs a firmware update, then this can be run from the WiDi software, as well. You can also connect to multiple adapters simultaneously if the need occurs.

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Netgear Push2TV HD (PTV2000)

Part Number: CNETNetgear Push2TV HD (PTV2000)

Typical Price: $149.00

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