by May 8, 2004 0 comments

You can do two things with this media adapter: listen to MP3 or WMA digital music stored on your PC on your stereo system or TV, and view digital pictures in JPEG, TIF, GIF and BMP on your TV. This is done without running any cables from your computer to your stereo or TV. Configure your media adapter and connect it to your TV/stereo system using S-Video or an audio/video cable with three RCA connectors. If you have a PC with WiFi or a connected wireless broadband router, then the media adapter will communicate with the PC through this wireless link (802.11b). Or, you can connect the media adapter to the PC using the bundled Ethernet cable. We tested the adapter in both modes. For wireless, we used a Net Gear wireless 802.11b PCI adapter. Once connected, its settings are displayed on the TV, and you can configure them using the infrared remote control provided. This is a slightly tiring process, but it’s a one-time job. On the PC front, you have to install software, which creates folders to store music and images. You can then access these folders from the TV using the remote. You can view photos one at a time or as a slide show and play songs simultaneously. Song playback is smooth without any breaks, and there was no loss in photo quality either. We got good signal strength of around 80% when the distance between our TV and PC was approximately 100 meters. Overall a good option, but expensive for the functionality it offers. It would have been a good buy if it could also play movies. 

Siddharth Sharma

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