Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:23 PM
Is there such a method, to transmit one's desktop computer activites from the computer tower to a HDTV wirelessly?
Here's the scenario. I currently have my desktop Windows XP 64-bit computer situated in my basement. My Sony Bravia TV is located in the living room, 1st floor.
I've experimented with wires. I went to Best Buy, found out that I needed about 50ft in VGA cables to connect the desktop to the TV. My keyboard and mouse is already bluetooth capable, so I was about to use the computer in the living room. My TV also has a DVI input and my video card has HDMI input available too. I already have an adapter to convert the HDMI cable to DVI. But I didn't experiment with HDMI/DVI, so I don't know if the TV is capable of using it. Using the VGA cable, I was about to get 1360x768 resolution, but not higher than that.
Now the cables are returned (one of the few good things about Best Buy...they don't care what the reason is, you can return the hardware for full refund, lol). I went to a small computer store, and asked for prices on 50ft VGA cables and the 1/8" audio jack line. Comes out to about $57.00 for both @ 50ft each.
My concern now is whether I could get a wireless solution. If for example I start moving the furniture around, the wires might come out short. The 50ft cables from this other computer place have to be specially ordered and are not returnable if the sale goes through. The next larger sizes are 100ft each, those being non-refundable too.
I heard from someone that Sony TVs have a special wireless stick you can put in and would work for Apple computers, but I don't use Apple.
So, could anyone please provide your opinions on what could be done? If worse comes to worse, I can always buy the 100ft cables. Probably come out to $100 if it's 100ft for both cables. It's much better than the $206 charged by Best Buy anyway for 50ft of VGA only, lol. Or if you have other recommendations (that doesn't involve getting a laptop, lol), then I'd like to know. Thanks.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 08:45 PM
Really, there's just no way in hell you could get a wireless connection with that kind of bandwidth (~8Gbps/1GBps, iirc, if you want 1080p). Even if that were possible, you'd still need a constant, flawless connection, otherwise facing quite a few... Problems. The results on-screen of a scrambled connection isn't pretty in the slightest.
Cheapest solution would be to move your PC; not happening, I'm sure, heh...
EDIT: Actually, scratch that; I spoke too soon, and a bit of Googling makes it seem like it's possible and practical, just not very cheap.
I found a lower-end one for about $100
, but the product description isn't helping and it looks like you'll be stuck with composite, which is as far as I know only capable of 720i.
A more expensive solution
here, too, this one supporting HDMI and 1080p output for about $180.
Do some research on these, first, though; I'm not sure what exactly they're capable of, nor their limitations.
This post has been edited by Kreigyr: 15 July 2012 - 08:50 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:37 PM
Thanks for the info Kreigyr.
It looks like the Nyrius transmitter can do up to 100ft of transmission, can go through walls/ceilings, like bluetooth, and can transmit 1080p signal. Customer reviews are mixed, I'll do some googling tonight.
Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:19 AM
If the price is the same, you are better off using a digital cable.
edit: or, if your controllers are already wireless, just move the computer next to the TV, and you won't need 50ft cables.
This post has been edited by Meat Miracle: 16 July 2012 - 11:21 AM
Posted 16 July 2012 - 12:43 PM
Oh the living room TV is also being shared by my mom and my grandma, so I can't just use the TV as a computer screen all the time. Most of the time I use the computer in the basement, but on some occasions where I get the house to myself, I'd like to use the computer in the living room to get a different surrounding. There's also lots of cables attached to the computer, so unplugging the cables and bringing the tower upstairs isn't always ideal.
Anyway, for now, I'll consider 50ft of cabling. It seems like a cheaper solution for now.
This post has been edited by T.Q.: 16 July 2012 - 01:02 PM