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Display your notebook desktop on a flat screen TV
Ever wanted to connect your laptop PC to your flat panel TV without the cable clutter? What if you could do it wirelessly with no cables running from your computer at all so you can walk freely around a room with your laptop but still have full control of what is on the big screen? Connecting a computer to a TV is either difficult and confusing or not possible for most people because they don't have the cables for it. The Iogear Wireless Audio/Video Kit takes care of the complexity of connecting your PC to a flat panel TV. All thanks to the new emerging wireless USB technology.
The most common way of connecting a flat panel TV to a PC is usually through the use of a VGA cable for video and a 3.5 mm audio cable. Most of the time this connection is temporary-- usually set up for presentations or for sharing media with family and friends, but sometimes the set up becomes a normal part of life in either the home or the office. The problem is that set up includes multiple cables which causes cable clutter and an unsightly appearance.
The IOGEAR Wireless Audio/Video Kit is included, and has all the cables needed to hook the device up. Included in the box are: the wireless video receiver, wireless audio receiver, wireless USB transmitter, USB 2.0 A to mini-B cable, USB 2.0 extension cable, gold plated VGA cable, VGA-DVI-A adapter, 3.5mm audio cable, 3.5mm to RCA (red and white) audio cable, one hook-and-loop fastener, two power adapters for the receivers, the user manual/quick start guide, installation CD, and warranty/registration card. That's a lot of stuff in the box but at least you most likely won't have to go out and buy any other cables. But there's a difference when you're using the kit over cables.
Setting up all the devices required for the kit takes a bit of concentration but the Quick Setup guide is your best reference for installation. First off it's important to note that the software should be installed outright first before you take or set up anything else that's in the box.
After the software is done installing you reboot your computer and plug in the USB transmitter and launch the wireless USB utility in the task bar. The wireless video receiver requires association with the transmitter which happens automatically when you first plug it in. The wireless audio receiver requires that you plug it into the computer the first time using the USB-A to mini-USB cable and accept the association after that it's ready to go. After completing all the associations between devices you're ready to set up the receivers with your audio and video equipment and begin using the kit.
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Using the kit you are effectively extending your desktop in the same way that you would as if you were using an extra monitor, or in the case of a laptop, an external display. The transmitter and receivers act in just the same way a physical VGA cable would but works entirely wirelessly between the computer and your TV. Using wireless USB technology all of your video and audio data are transmitted wirelessly at a distance of up to 30 feet. Now we all know that the 30 foot maximum is well within safe guidelines for many wireless devices, but when it comes to audio and video try not to push it too far.
The kit supports the wireless USB standard with video resolutions up to 720p at a recommended distance of 15 ft, but will continue to support lower resolutions at further distances. Though some may fear for their data being transferred over the air, the transmissions are completely encrypted using AES 128-bit encryption.
System requirements for running the device are reasonably minimal when compared to the standard equipment in most mainstream laptops on the market. The software calls for Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista 32-/64-bit with an available USB port. The system hardware requirements are a minimum 1.6 GHz Atom processor with 1 GB RAM for a 480p window, all the way up to a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo with 1 GB RAM 720p in full screen. Considering what this hardware does those are pretty fair processing requirements. It should also be noted that the receivers don't work with a CRT tube TV but that shouldn't be too much of a problem with all the new flat panel TVs in the market.
For those people who don't like running cables around the house and office spaces this is a great solution to a somewhat permanent setup. If you frequently use a computer with a TV or projector, the Iogear Wireless Audio/Video Kit is a great solution. The video receiver also has the ability to have different computers associated with it, which makes it easier to switch between different transmitters for different computers.
Joshua Virata is a 2008 graduate of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA. He has been using computers since the age of 2 and is proficient in the areas of home wired and wireless networking, music creation, secure computing, cell phone communication and GPS navigation. You can email him at email@example.com