The Final Frontier
by Gary Woods
These days everything is wireless. I definitely don't miss crawling around on my hands and knees under people's desks and behind their couches to run audio cables, or punching holes in somebody's wall to route an Ethernet cable to a remote computer. But the one remaining cable that still has to be strung is the HDMI cable for High Definition video from your computer.
But now with StreamHD from Warpia (http://www.warpia.com/) there's a wireless PC-to TV display adapter that gives you full 1080P quality through the air. The device has 2 parts, a USB dongle which plugs into your PC and a base unit that plugs into any display's HDMI port. The base unit also has an optical out port and a 3.5mm analog-out port so you can connect it to other sound devices.
Once everything is installed Windows sees the Warpia-created screen as another display, meaning you can duplicate it, extend it, and rearrange it as you would with any extra screen.
DVDs and Blu-Ray disks look good with the StreamHD with some noticeable banding particularly in the darker scenes but the display is definitely watchable. What wasn't watchable however, were some Video Games. With some games there was some pretty irritating flickering going on and at this point I'm not sure if it's a driver or bandwidth issue but the results weren't pretty. For watching movies streamed from a computer however StreamHD looked good.
StreamHD from Warpia retails for $160 direct from the manufacturer but I found it for $139.99 with no sales tax and free shipping from Amazon. If you've been looking for a way to cut that final cable this could be the answer you've been looking for.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc