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When designing the layout of the room, the one thing that typically controls matters most is where is the cable outlet. Once you determine where to put the TV, you can then figure out where to put the rest of the furniture. Thanks to some technological solutions from Actiontec, that is no more. You can physically place the TV anywhere, including in a room without that dreaded cable outlet and converter.I had the chance to try out two solutions from Actiontec: ScreenBeam and MyWirelessTV2.
ScreenBeam provides a way for you to wireless display from your laptop computer to your TV. Prior to ScreenBeam, if I wanted to display from my laptop to the TV, I had a REALLY LONG cable that went from the box above, which was connected to my laptop, up to the TV hanging from the wall.
Now, the ScreenBeam Mini2 wireless display receiver gives you the power to wirelessly mirror anything from your phone, tablet or laptop onto your HDTV: video & audio, pictures, apps, presentations, and much more. Use ScreenBeam Mini2 to share virtually any local or online content. Beam movies, videos, music, games, applications, presentations, documents and more. Enjoy better quality with a dedicated wireless connection directly to your HDTV! You don’t need an existing Wi-Fi network or wireless router for ScreenBeam Mini2 to work.
Recently, I had to get a new laptop and the new laptop didn't have the old style display connector. So, we couldn't watch our DVDs on the TV. Now, thanks to ScreenBeam, I can have the audio and video from my laptop come out of the TV.
The other item I got to play with is the Actiontec MyWirelessTV2. MyWirelessTV 2 replaces messy HDMI cables with the convenience of wireless, so you can install an HDTV anywhere you want. Now it’s possible to connect your television to your set top box without having to use an obtrusive cable. You get the flexibility to network your home exactly how you want to, without investing in an expensive wiring project, or string wires throughout your hallways.
Near your set top box, you place the MyWirelessTV2 transmitter. Above is my Tivo which has a cable card. That is my cable box.
Then, on the other end, you have the MyWirelessTV2 receiver. This connects directly to your TV. It does have a separate power connector, but apart from the HDMI connector to the TV, there are no other wires involved. Well, one more actually. So that you can use the TV/cable remote, there is one other connection. On the cable box side, you have the other end which hangs in front of the regular receiving side of the remote. Thus, you point the remote at the TV and it magically goes through the cable box to change the channels. Volume control and power would still be managed at the TV. You can literally place the TV anywhere now, even in the middle of the room, or carry the TV outside even for a movie night.
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