Netgear’s Miracast wireless display adapter now available from Clove Technology
It may have been way back in February 2013 that we first detailed the Netgear Push2TV PTV3000, but it is only just now that we have confirmed availability in the UK. The reasons for the lengthy delay are not 100% clear, however can attributed in part to inconsistent performance and firmware in early models, as well as a slow adoption rate for Miracast technology in general.
Happily all of this is a thing of the past and new stock of the PTV3000 is now available for £62.49 + delivery & VAT where applicable. Anyone who has been interested in the PTV3000 is recommended to get in quickly as we can’t be sure how long the current stock will remain available for!
Miracast is a wireless display technology that is finding its way on to more devices as of late, although is slipping under the radar of many users. Miracast enables compatible devices to ‘screen-share’ or stream content from one to the other, without the need for either to connect to separate network.
Unlike DLNA, which has been available for several years and requires both devices to be connected to a local network, Miracast creates an ad-hoc network between the two devices. This has the added benefit of reducing traffic on your local network, and also minimising the potential for signal interference and dropped packets with a dedicated connection between units.
Miracast is now a staple of Android phones since 4.2, although it has not been implemented by all manufacturers running this version. To check if your device has the capability, go to Settings > Display and look for a suitable option. In the Nexus 5 (4.4.2) this option is Cast Screen, although you may see it represented as Wireless Display or similar on other devices.
In order to display on another screen, the target either needs to be Miracast enabled, or have a suitable Miracast adapter connected to it. The Netgear PTV3000 is one such adapter, which connects to the display using HDMI. Once the PTV3000 is switched on, opening the appropriate setting on your device will search for nearby devices and form a connection once you confirm. From here, all content on your screen should be mirrored on the second display, allowing you to play games, browse the web or output video.