Displaying videos or presentations on your laptop’s display is great when you’re on the go. But wouldn’t it be even better to use a big-screen TV or a conference-room projector as a monitor? If your laptop is equipped with a second-generation Intel Core i7, i5, or i3 processor and an Intel wireless adapter, you’re in luck. The D-Link MainStage TV Adapter (DHD-131) lets you wirelessly transmit video and sound to TVs or projectors using the 802.11n wireless protocol.
The compact DHD-131 comes with a power adapter, an HDMI cable, and software. The Quick Install Guide walks you through the setup process, which is quick and easy: Start by installing the software onto your laptop and plugging the small adapter into your TV or projector using the included HDMI cable, RCA audio and video jacks, or a S/PDIF optical audio connector. Having made the connection, turn the unit on, and run the included software. Your laptop then automatically finds the DHD-131 and prompts you to enter a password that’s displayed on the TV or projection screen. That’s all there is to it.
DVDs and YouTube video play beautifully, without stutters or dropouts, although there is a slight delay between the laptop display and TV screen. In my tests, I fed 5.1 surround sound audio and 1080p video streams to the adapter, turning my laptop into a jukebox and Internet video streaming device. The DHD-131 performed flawlessly.
Remember, the DHD-131 requires very specific laptop hardware. It relies on Intel Wireless Display software, which runs on Intel My WiFi technology that’s available only with Intel wireless adapters and the latest Intel Core i7, i5, and i3 processors. The maximum resolution is determined by your laptop’s video display, which may not match the full resolution of your TV or projector.
The DHD-131 offers a lot of convenience in an easy to setup package for $129. It’s small enough to be easily carried on an airplane, and it’s a snap to hook your laptop to a projector for presentations. Because it supports full surround sound and high-definition video, you can use your home TV as a large monitor and even turn your laptop into a DVR, DVD or Blu-ray player, and media server. Now that’s entertainment!
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