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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy provided your device is compatible, 24 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Actiontec SBWD100A01 ScreenBeam Pro Wireless Display Receiver for WiDi Laptops/ Miracast Devices (Personal Computers)
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This little guy has one role in life: to let you connect wirelessly to a screen. Call it wireless projection if you prefer.

I unpacked the box to find two power supplies, one I guess USA only, the other with adaptors including UK. The device itself is a small square thing, about 75mm x 75mm and about 15mm high. It has HDMI out, power in, and a USB connection.

There is no documentation of any use in the box as I received it; just a compliance notice and a print-out in tiny characters of the GNU General Public License. Thanks. However there is full documentation on the Actiontec web site.

Fortunately I did not need any. Connect HDMI to TV using supplied cable, connect power, switch to that input, and there is an on-screen display telling you how to connect using Windows 8.

I got out my Surface 2 (the ARM version running Windows RT) and tapped Devices, Project, and then Add wireless display. It found the Actiontec device, which then displayed a code. I entered the code and was up and running, with a second screen at 1920 x 1080 displayed on the TV.

The only annoyance is that the Windows desktop is slightly cropped on my TV. If that happens to you, fiddling with your TV settings should fix it, or if you are using Intel WiDi you can adjust in the WiDi app. In my case, I was able to fix it by changing the display setting on my Samsung TV from 16.9 to "Just scan".

The range is up to 30 feet according to the manual.

The Surface 2 actually has a micro HDMI port, but wireless is far more convenient. It is handy for things like showing photos, presentations, or watching video. Audio is transmitted as well of course.

I also tried it with a Sony Xperia T smartphone. Under the Xperia menu in Settings is a feature called Screen Mirroring. Using this I was able to connect to the display, sort-of. It worked for a bit, then disconnected itself and refused to reconnect. Perhaps a newer Android device would be better. There are also some firmware updates on the Actiontec site, and I'd suggest applying these if you run into problems.

The standards supported here are Miracast, Samsung's AllShare Cast, or Intel WiDi 3.5. The key thing is to check that you have a compatible device before purchase. The Actiontec website has some guidance, though the Surface 2 (for example) is not specifically listed. Simply having wi-fi is not enough and I would suggest searching for the experience of others using your device with a wireless display before taking the plunge.

This device does NOT work with Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod. As far as I know Macs are not supported either (get Apple TV instead).

The Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro also has a USB port. This is for USB over Network: plug in a keyboard, for example, and if you are lucky it will be detected by your device and you can use it. I am struggling to think of why this would be useful, which is why I have not tried it yet.

There is also a version with a bundled USB transmitter for older laptops, though I cannot find this on Amazon.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2014 21:34:27 GMT
Tad C. Lewis says:
Doesn't work with the Surface RT first gen.
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