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Thursday, October 30, 2003
Drawing PC, TV and Stereo Into an Entertainment Loop: Review of wifi links to TVs and stereos. Key points:
- all do pictures and audio ok
- 802.11b has problems with video streaming, 802.11g should be ok
- equipment reviewed:
- Linksys WMA11B Wireless Digital Media Adapter (about $150)
- Hewlett-Packard ew5000 Wireless Digital Media Receiver ($200)
- Prismiq Media Player ($250), with optional $50 wireless keyboard for surfing the web on the TV and $70 802.11g upgrade PC card. With TV picture-in-picture, you can type chat into a window while watching TV
- Gateway's Connected DVD Player ($200)
- Service upgrades from Tivo and Microsoft XBox
- the author used a Microsoft MN-700 802.11g Wireless Base Station ($89), noting other wireless "g" routers from Netgear and Linksys
- "All the devices I tested, except the Linksys Media Adapter, forced me to give up some network security to make the wireless hookup work.
- none played all the popular computer music, photo and video file formats. Apple's AAC music files, for example, were not supported by any of the devices, few can play video file formats like Real that are commonplace on computers."