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Old 09-10-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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Connect a laptop to an external monitor
without a direct cable connection ?
(we are now using a large HD TV as an external monitor)

There are a few ways with a direct connection.
1 - VGA connector
2 - HDMI connection (we use that now)
3 - USB connector
there is also a CAT5 connector on the TV

This means the laptop must be in close vicinity of the TV (cable length restrictions).
We also have a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, so we can (operate the laptop from a location a bit further from the laptop (the TV is a 40 inch unit)

So ...
I *found* some articles on doing this wireless, but was wondering if anybody knows the reliability and quality of the transmission, by using the wireless goodies to accomplish this.

Connect external displays without cables | Crave - CNET
http://www.costco.com/images/content...PDF/505553.pdf
Wireless Extender for HDMI | Video Splitters & Extenders | Sharing, Converting, Extending | LINDY UK

Any other suggestions ??

TIA
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:08 PM
 
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With WiDi (built into modern laptops that use Intel processors) you can connect to your TV wirelessly. Your TV needs to support WiDi or you need a box like this: Amazon.com: NETGEAR Push2TV TV Adapter for Intel Wireless Display PTV1000 (Black): Computers & Accessories

The transmission is good quality but there is a subtle delay. It works great for watching movies and such (where delay will have no impact on the viewing)... but not so great for playing games and productivity.

How to Connect Laptop to TV with IntelĀ® Wireless Display (WiDi)
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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[quote=NJBest;26028569]The transmission is good quality but there is a subtle delay. It works great for watching movies and such (where delay will have no impact on the viewing)... but not so great for playing games and productivity.[quote]

No need to play games, but productivity may be a factor we may not like, if what I understand under *subtle delay* is a phenomenon that makes your computer seem to run slow ?

The wireless HDMI systems are not that cheap, so I like to find out more about them before I invest in it.

I may just have to go via Costco, and use their no questions asked return policy for 90 days !!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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You van get an idea of the delay in this video.... he has both displays visible at the same time.


Intel WiDi Wireless Display Tech Demo, CES - HotHardware.com - YouTube
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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Forgot to mention that my laptop does not comply with the prerequisites to do the solution you proposed.

Thanks anyway for the help.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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If you have a wireless keyboard/mouse, why not just put the laptop at the TV? Obviously I'm missing something.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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If you have a wireless keyboard/mouse, why not just put the laptop at the TV? Obviously I'm missing something.
Yep, that is actually what we ended up doing !
Found a good deal at Costco for 50 bucks.
But, we still would like to have the laptop near us ...
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