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I would like to use my plasma tv as my monitor but i need a wireless solution is there anything that can wirelessly send the signal to the plasma screen. i would need the quality to be good,etc. please help.
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by:CCNPwanabe
ID: 13529556
Does your plasma have a VGA and a DVI input?
here are a few that might work for you...
http://store.yahoo.com/aitech/newproducts.html

http://shopping.yahoo.com/search;_ylc=X3oDMTFiZjcxN2cyBF9TAzk2NDY1NTc0BGsDd2lyZWxlc3MgdmdhBHNlYwNrYgRzbGsDdGl0bGU-?is=1&p=wireless+vga


Hope this gives you a direction....
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by:sciwriter
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Why do that?  It is unreliable, at best.  If you get a VGA card with TV out -- they are very common these days -- and just use an S-video cable from the VGA card to the back of the plasma TV -- when you boot windows XP, it will automatically detect the TV display and use it.  There is nothing to it, and it works great.  You can get S-video cables 25 feet long now, for less than $10 -- I just saw one on EBay for $3.95 + ship.
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by:ullmanneric
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sciwriter yes i understand that but the problem is the plasma is on the wall and there is no attic access and i dont want wires runing across the floor
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by:davebytes
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All solutions I've seen that sound semi-reliable are >$500, and I'd still question it.  There's a big difference between sending network data packets wireless, or even svideo/video signal wireless, versus driving pixel-matching PC video output...

Assuming you have a hi-def, pixel perfect set to begin with, i.e., 1366x768 or something.  And what you really want to output makes a difference then.  If you just want it for displaying movies, you don't need pixel-perfect, you don't need VGA -- svid (or even composite) would be fine, and there's a ton of wireless solutions for those levels of 'quality'.

If you want to run a Windows desktop, with decent legible details are usable desktop space, if you have less than a 1366x768 square pixel Plasma display, it's going to be a questionable experience -- where ED plasmas are generally 852x480, that's a TINY screen equivalent.

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by:Watzman
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Do not use S-video or composite video for this application.  You really need VGA or DVI input (preferably DVI)(HDMI and DVI can be considered to be equivalent for the purposes of this discussion).

There is no good way to do this wirelessly.

Any solution that violates either of the above guidelines, if it works at all, will produce a seriously inferior image on the display.  It might be adequate for watching TV, but it won't be adequate for computer applications and the computer desktop.
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by:CCNPwanabe
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Im with watzman, and I believe that is the reason fo r the high cost...  They also use these from presentations using computers and light box type projectors, same ideal, same high rez signal
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by:divi2323
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I'm not big on video wireless either.  I really think it's something manufacturers need to get rolling on to start bringing down the price on everything in this area.  One day I envision a PC where the only thing you "plug in" is the power cable, but those days are a few years away at best, especially for any home user.

my suggestion to you would be to either custom wire your house for this application purpose, or

buy clear or discrete colored cables.
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by:Metar_Heller-Algazi
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i'm both with watzman and with divi2323, u cn't do this wirelessly... it just won't be good... to my opinion, custom-wiring would be the best solution...

oh, and divi2323, your vision of the wireless computer is really great, and it really is a few years away... but progress is being made... someone even found a way to transfer electronic power thru the air! my computer is behind a (VERY) heavy table, so even plugging a USB-cable or disconnecting the power-supply is very annoying, not to mention any "surgery" performed on the hardware...
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by:davebytes
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Again, he hasn't answered back WHAT he's trying to do.  If it's sending composite video output to a plasma for watching video, there are cheap things to do that.  But you aren't going to be sending reliable 1366x768 (or 1024x768 or 1024x1024) res plasma VGA signals wirelessly.  An ED plasma you might get away with, but it's really expensive to get the better technology, and there are better solutions depending on WHAT is desired use.

For instance, for between $100-200 you can get a media player box that sits by the plasma and plays video off the PC.  It can work using wifi, if using low-def materials, or you run a cat5 cable for hi-def.  plus it can browse photos, play music, etc.

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by:davebytes
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I felt I gave relevant answers, and asked thoughtful questions...
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If you're going to paq it with no refund, at least do an accept and distribute the points around a bit.  Seems silly to PAQ it otherwise.
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