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Hi all, I'm new here and a bit new to the technology I'm dealing with. I'm hoping you guys can help me with what I hope is a simple question.

what I want to do is connect my HDTV, a toshiba 42rv530U, to my wireless network, allowing me to watch tv from my PC without any wires, as my PC is in the back of the house, TV is in front, I just cant string wires that far.

I also want an all digital connection that will allow my TV to receive the highest resolution I can get.

heres the problem: my tv does not have any ethernet port, nor is it wifi capable. It just has a vga port and three HDMI ports. I am hoping some one makes an adapter that plugs into the HDMI port and will allow me to hook into my wireless network, kind of like an ethernet bridge but with an HDMI plug at the end instead of an ethernet plug. My understanding is the VGA port is an analog connection, so I dont want to use it unless its my only option.

Is this possible? I have been searching for such an adapter without any luck. And, assuming such an adapter is availible, what resolution can I expect to get? I know the resolution is limited to what the resolution of the source is, but if i find a 1080P source, will that resolution get to my TV? among other things, I'm hoping to stream 1080P movies from netflix.

thanks guys, I am in over my head here, if I can do this I'd appreciate any help, If theres a better way please let me know.

Thanks!

Eric
post #2 of 7
Sorry, HDMI is uncompressed data which would require about 800MBs for 1080i to transmit wirelessly. There are some wireless HDMI set ups but they are very short range.

To do what you want, you'll need to explore something like a Windows Media Center set up or one of the other various options out there.
post #3 of 7
Do you have a BD player or receiver? A lot of the new models have either an ethernet port or wireless capability. You won't be able to connect your tv to your network, but you could connect to the network using another component and input from that.
post #4 of 7
Sorry should have pointed you here for some options too..

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=39
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Thread Starter 
thanks for imput. since HDMI wont work, what about the vga port? is there a way to use that to hook the tv into my wireless network? I'd at least get to watch SD movie from the internet on the tv...

also, i have a samsung BDP1500 that is hooked into my wireness network via an ethernet bridge. while it is a 2.0 profile player, it dosent let me stream movies from netflix, but the 1600 does.

I cant see how I could use that player for what I want to do, -watch movies available on line on my tv....actually, Im trying to find a way to get rid of cable and get as much programing as I can from the internet, and hopefully in HD, although thats not looking good unless i run a cable...

but if there a way I'd be interested in hearing it.

I think my solution will be to buy a laptop with an HDMI connection and hook into the TV via cable. any thoughts on this approach? thanks!
post #6 of 7
If you want to stream video from the Internet have you though about the Roku box? Video quality is determined by the speed of your connection, bot local and Internet.
http://www.roku.com/

Viewing video from a local server is a little more difficult. Windows Media is a good place to start or the WD TV live devices.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=30
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Originally Posted by ericcck View Post

thanks for imput. since HDMI wont work, what about the vga port? is there a way to use that to hook the tv into my wireless network? I'd at least get to watch SD movie from the internet on the tv...

also, i have a samsung BDP1500 that is hooked into my wireness network via an ethernet bridge. while it is a 2.0 profile player, it dosent let me stream movies from netflix, but the 1600 does.

I cant see how I could use that player for what I want to do, -watch movies available on line on my tv....actually, Im trying to find a way to get rid of cable and get as much programing as I can from the internet, and hopefully in HD, although thats not looking good unless i run a cable...

but if there a way I'd be interested in hearing it.

I think my solution will be to buy a laptop with an HDMI connection and hook into the TV via cable. any thoughts on this approach? thanks!

Another option.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1232191
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