Netgear Push2TV HD WiDi adapter (PTV2000)

Netgear's Push2TV HD is an Intel Wireless Display adapter that makes it simple to use your TV as a secondary, wireless screen for your notebook

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Netgear Australia Push2TV HD WiDi adapter (PTV2000)
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    1.00 / 5 (of 7 Reviews)

Pros

  • Easy to install and use
  • Supports 1920x1080 Full HD resolution

Cons

  • Slight lag
  • Dropped frames noticeable in Full HD

Bottom Line

Netgear's Push2TV HD adapter is an Intel Wireless Display adapter that's useful for turning your TV into a secondary display for your laptop. It makes it easy to watch downloaded videos and Internet streams on your TV, without you having to fiddle with cables, and while allowing you to still use your laptop while you lounge on your couch.

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Netgear's Push2TV HD WiDi adapter (also known as the PTV2000) isn't as pretty to look at as Belkin's ScreenCast TV, but it's just as good at delivering video content from your laptop to your TV. You can hook it up to any TV or projector that has an HDMI port, and you can even use it on older TVs through Composite video and analogue audio connections.

The Push2TV HD looks more like a tiny router or standard media streamer than a WiDi adapter, which is to say it's a square box with a subtle status light. This is in contrast to Belkin's adapter, which has a sleek and shiny style more suited home entertainment units. Both Netgear's adapter and Belkin's ScreenCast TV WiDi adapter perform the same task: they enable Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) capable notebooks to use a TV (or projector) as a duplicate or extended secondary screen. Like the Belkin, the Netgear also supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1080, but it defaults to and performs best at 1280x720.

Setting up the Push2TV HD

Installing the Push2TV HD isn't difficult, but you will need to make sure your laptop is properly configured to handle WiDi. You won't be able to use this adapter unless your notebook has a WiDi-capable Intel wireless networking adapter installed, which means your laptop will need to have one of the following adapters:

• Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000
• Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030
• Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200
• Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
• Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230
• Intel Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
• Intel Centrino Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
• Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300

If you have one of these adapters (look under the Network adapters section of Windows 7's Device Manager to find out), you can check in the Windows Start menu, under the Intel Corporation folder, to see if WiDi software has been pre-installed by your notebook manufacturer. If it hasn't, you will need to download the software from Intel's Web site.

For best results, use HDMI to plug the Netgear Push2TV in to your TV. Power it on and then switch to that input on your TV. You will see the Netgear welcome screen, which shows that the adapter is ready to make a connection with your laptop. Fire up the Intel WiDi software on your laptop, perform a scan to find the adapter, and then connect to it. A four-digit PIN will be shown on the screen, which you will need to enter in order to connect securely to the adapter, and you won't have to do this again from that laptop.

WiDi relies on a direct connection between your notebook's wireless networking adapter and the TV-connected Netgear adapter, which means that there are no network settings for you to fiddle with. It's very much a plug-and-play solution and the only settings that can be tweaked involve the screen size and the behaviour of the mouse pointer on the screen.

Performance

You'll need to bear in mind that because your notebook's wireless adapter will be used to transfer the video information from your laptop to your TV, any other network traffic can impact on the video performance. If you'll be using the Internet heavily while also using WiDi, the wireless adapter in your notebook might not be able to keep up with the WiDi bandwidth requirements and you might notice things like dropped frames, image break-ups or artefacts.

In my tests, I used an Intel Core i7-based laptop with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 wireless adapter located 3m away from my TV and the Netgear WiDi adapter. I set up the Netgear adapter to act as a secondary display with a resolution of 1280x720 (the recommended resolution for WiDi adapters), which allowed me to continue to use the laptop for Web browsing and writing tasks while playing a video on my TV. Locally-stored video files on the laptop played smoothly through WiDi, although there were some dropped frames now and then. I got used to them after a while.

I also tested the WiDi adapter (and stressed the wireless adapter in my laptop) by streaming Internet video from the NBA's LeaguePass Broadband service at a quality of 1600 kilobits per second (Kbps). The video was a little 'jumpier' than it was when I was playing locally-stored video files, but it was still of acceptable quality and enjoyable to watch. Importantly, it didn't stop and start too often and artefacts weren't an issue. However, when I increased the quality of the Internet stream to its maximum of 3000Kbps, the bandwidth demands on the laptop's wireless adapter became too much for it and the video was just too uncomfortable to watch, with regular stuttering and break-ups. HD content using the 1920x1080 resolution of the adapter also suffered the same fate. Its performance mirrored what we saw in the Belkin adapter in this respect, using the same environment and test equipment.

Conclusion

Basically, if your notebook supports WiDi and you want to watch downloaded videos or Internet streams on your TV, the Netgear Push2TV HD adapter is a good solution. It's very easy to set up, there are no wires except on the WiDi-adapter-to-TV end, and the performance of the video will be good as long as your wireless network adapter can supply enough bandwidth. You'll be able to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs through your laptop on your TV as well, although protected content will only play if your TV supports HDCP (and most models from the last two or three years should meet this requirement).

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chi soundone

1

I have nothing but constant problem with this product from sound breaking up to scrambled colors......video seems to play but music is just crap and I am not playing it a loud levels.....the unit gets warm to hot which is the total enemy of electronic period did the requested up grade from Netgear and all hell broke lose.......Windows 8 seems to be a total enemy of this product heat... the cable also seems to be to stiff which from all my experience is going to create problems at some time....I will try to work with netgear a few more times if no success we'll refer this piece of sht to hammer time......

Dennis B Lintz

2

It loses connections often when it did function correctly with its flaws. Now I am having problems where it cannot access any network address. The outsourced Tech support was of no help.

PissedOff

3

Worked fine for quite some time. Then the unIntel fucks "upgraded" their software and now this thing has been a big piece of shit ever since. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. If you call and try to get tech they just point their finger at unIntel and unIntel points back to Netgear. Used to respect Netgear. Not any more. Once they get your money, they don't need to support you or (perish the thought) make the product work.

Eric

4

All these guys are correct. Do not buy this junk. I have a PTV2000 that worked for a few months, then I kept getting error messages when I opened the software. I have tried everything and can't get it working. Netgear support told me to go pound sand because it has been more than 90 days. Really? 90 days? that's all the faith they have in their products. I'm going 100% apple now.

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Ted

0.0

1

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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This relates to the PTV3000. This product is really bad. None of the "simple" installation instructions work. No pass code is shown on the screen when Intel WIDI finds the newly installed device, so I can't enter it. The online installation guide says it should be available on the packaging, but it is not. Tried to do the firmware upgrade and, while I can find the wireless device and connect to it, the URL does not work (192.168.3.1). I registered while downloading the firmware update file and then tried calling them. After 20 minutes on hold, I got connected to voice mail. I left a message that this sucks with my phone numbers but have not got a return call after two hours. I tried their live chat, but the wait time there is over 30 minutes. Guess I'll just return it.

Brian

0.0

2

Pros
Certainly NOT THE Netgear push to tv product!!
Cons
netgear PTV3000
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I bought this without reading the reviews. HUGE mistake. What a piece of junk. 60 bucks down the drain. Wow I learned my lesson. Read reviews next time before buying. Don't waste your time.

Brown

1.5

3

Pros
Great when it was working
Cons
Stopped working
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I've had the device for a few months. Thought it was the solution to all. Ugh!
Now it doesn't work. I've updated drivers, reset the adapter, updated firmware, turned off the device by unplugging for the designated amount of time, turned off firewall, rebooted PC multiple times, Hit the scan to adapter multiple times. No solution. The adapter can not be located by the PC. Such a shame. I loved it when it worked. Somehow there was something flimsy about this product when I bought it and I was surprised when it worked the first time. So ... perhaps the theory behind BLINK was warning me. Hmm. Also, another aggravation is the extreme lack of support from Netgear or Intel. Here is the dead-end contact information they offered.

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How do I Contact Customer Support?
Contact your computer or adapter manufacturer to get support for your specific product.
Visit http://www.intel.com/go/wirelessdisplay to access general Intel® WiDi support forums.

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