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Topic # 95370 1-Jan-2012 15:57
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Been looking for products that mirror or extend laptop display and sound to TV. This might be something like products from Warpia or Veebeam. However, I've found the product below from StarTech which is HDMI over IP - you plug one of your TV HDMI inputs into the box and the other end into your network, load the software on your PC or laptop (in my case) and you can display whatever is on your laptop including sound on your TV - no need for a smart TV, no need for any media player. I realise that a home network might not be able to handle HD video and surround sound across the IP network, but when you're watching YouTube or other similar stuff - am not too concerned about high-quality sound and 720 or less video would be OK.

My question is whether anyone knows anyone that's used this device - have only managed to find one review - which was positive.  Ta.

http://intrl.startech.com/AV/Extenders/HDMI/HDMI-over-IP-Extender-with-Audio~IPUSB2HD2

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  Reply # 567486 11-Jan-2012 17:49
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OK - I contacted the manufacturer - StarTech - and have asked them to post a demo on YouTube showing the product with HD and 720 definition TV and sound - with no smoke and mirrors. They've forwarded on the suggestion. So will wait and see what they come back with. Cheers.

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  Reply # 567502 11-Jan-2012 18:24
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Ohh I was looking for these too. Don't have enough cat5e to do straight HDMI distribution for MySky so would be good if it can be run over 100baseTX ideally or 1000baseT if need be.





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  Reply # 567522 11-Jan-2012 18:52
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That's just like Intel's WiDi Display. Has anyone managed to get one of those and try it out?






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  Reply # 567762 12-Jan-2012 09:52
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Yes - it is essentially the same as Intel's WIDI - except you don't have to upgrade to an Intel WIDI CPU device nor do you have to get a WIDI compliant device such as Netgear's receiver box. Am guessing you need to have a reasonably swift network that's all - depending on whether you want to watch in HD or not. But that would be the same with WIDI also. You can use the StarTech type device with all your existing client and network hardware.

Also just to be clear HDMI over IP is not the same as HDMI over Cat5. There are products out there than allow you to send HDMI over Cat5, but these devices come in pairs, ie. a sender and a receiver which you must then connect via their own dedicated Cat5 cable.

I had this vision of being able to sit their with my laptop or better still a tablet - and surf or play music, etc and then when I wanted to display or play it on my TV or through the main stereo - I could just switch it through easily enough. Great aye?



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  Reply # 569019 15-Jan-2012 10:36
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I see someone on XMBC Community forum has bought one and is going to try it out and post their results. Will keep an eye out for their results. Cool. Forum link is:

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?p=988589


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