D-Link ships WiDi MainStage wireless display adapter

D-Link has announced that it now ships the Intel WiDi-based MainStage wireless display adapter that was first introduced during CES 2011.

The WiDi-based wireless display accessory MainStage from D-Link.
The WiDi-based wireless display accessory MainStage from D-Link. Dong Ngo/CNET

D-Link announced today that it's now shipping its first wireless display adapter, the MainStage for Intel Wireless Display (model DHD-131).

The MainStage supports TVs via HDMI ports or component ports.
The MainStage supports TVs via HDMI ports or component ports. Dong Ngo/CNET

First introduced at CES 2011 , D-Link's MainStage adds another choice to the WiDi-based wireless display adapters on the market, next to Netgear's Push2TV . These are devices that make it possible to wirelessly connect the display and sound of certain Intel Core processor-based laptops to a big-screen TV and home entertainment system.

D-Link says the MainStage is based on Intel's WiDi 2.0 and therefore supports HD resolutions of up to 1080p and is capable of handling 5.1 surround sound. The device can be used to display movies, pictures, and music. It can also be used as a presentation tool as the main or secondary display of the laptop, from a distance of up to 10 meters (33 feet).

The MainStage works with most display devices, including HDTVs, older TVs, and LCD computer screens with a built-in HDMI port.

Related links
• Hands-on with Intel Wireless Display
• D-Link ships Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge

In addition to laptops, the MainStage is compatible with any WiDi-based wireless display device. This means it will also work with mobile devices and game consoles that support the WiDi wireless display technology.

The MainStage for Intel Wireless Display is available now for $130.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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