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Published on December 11th, 2011 | by Ruth


Dispense With Messy Wires With Philips Wireless HD Net Connect

Are you tired of wires clog­ging up your liv­ing room? No­tice that elves seem to be sneak­ing in and tan­gling them all, leav­ing you in a less-than-fes­tive mood? Just in time for hol­i­day en­ter­tain­ing, we tried out the Philips Wire­less HD Net Con­nect, per­fect for send­ing movies from Net­flix on your com­put­er over to your big-screen HDTV. (Note: this does re­quire an HD­MI port on your lap­top or desk­top. Mac users, es­pe­cial­ly, check to see if you have one or you’ll have to buy an adap­tor.) The Philips Wire­less HD Net Con­nect is avail­able on Ama­zon for $250.

Those of you who are fa­mil­iar with wire­less HD­MI sys­tems (like many of our staff), skip this para­graph. For those of you who (like some of our staff) blinked and got glassy-eyed at the men­tion, a wire­less HD­MI sys­tem re­places the wires, en­abling you to send me­dia from your lap­top or PC to your TV through the air. Let’s say you want to watch Matt Da­mon blow stuff up in Bourne Iden­ti­ty on Net­flix, but re­al­ize that your lap­top just isn’t do­ing jus­tice to the ex­plo­sions. If on­ly you could trans­port the view­ing to your big TV screen that’s sit­ting across the room, mock­ing you… That’s why you should get a wire­less HD­MI. Al­ter­na­tive­ly, you could get an Ap­ple TV, or some oth­er me­dia play­er, but this sys­tem al­lows you to share pre­sen­ta­tions, pho­tos, and pret­ty much any­thing from your com­put­er screen. That’s right, you can jus­ti­fy it as an of­fice ex­pense. You can al­so show off pho­tos from your lat­est va­ca­tion to the Mount Rush­more with­out mak­ing peo­ple squint to see the faces.

For those of us whose idea of fun does not in­clude lengthy set-up pro­cess­es, the rel­a­tive­ly easy set-up was high­ly ap­pre­ci­at­ed. The de­vice doesn’t re­quire soft­ware in­stal­la­tion, or oth­er an­noy­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions- just plug it in and go. At about 2 lbs and rough­ly the size of a ca­ble box, it’s al­so pos­si­ble to take it with you on busi­ness trips, to make pre­sen­ta­tions smoother and more ef­fi­cient by cut­ting out the 15 min. of fum­bling for the cor­rect wire set-ups.

We’ve tried out oth­er, less pricey, Wire­less HD­MI sys­tems in the past. So what makes this worth the ex­tra $100? Un­like de­vices in the past that re­quire line-of-sight, the Philips Wire­less Net Con­nect does not. To some of us, this can seem like a tri­fling de­tail, un­til a group is try­ing to watch a movie and one of your friends shifts po­si­tion and sud­den­ly, right at the cli­mac­tic ac­tion seen where the car is soar­ing over the bridge, the pic­ture cuts out. The de­vice has a pret­ty long dis­tance avail­able, too- 23 feet. That means you can put it pret­ty much any­where in the liv­ing room. Be­hind the TV? On a book­shelf? Un­der the couch with the lost slip­pers and cat toys? (Not sure why you’d want to store it there, but we’re open…)

Though the $250 price tag made us shud­der a bit at first, the Philips Wire­less Net Con­nect won us over be­cause it’s easy to use. If you’re al­ready re­al­ly com­fort­able with all the tech­no­log­i­cal gad­gets that come out, and de­light in find­ing ways to make them work to­geth­er, this de­vice might not be for you. If you want to have some­thing that works with­out has­sle that you can use for watch­ing movies at home, tak­ing your lap­top to show pho­tos on the big screen at the grand­par­ents’ or mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion while on the road for work, this is a good de­vice for you.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to focus on her passion for the arts. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.

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