ok, sorry to keep y'all waiting. Turkey day was busier than I expected.
Ok, the good news:
With decent wifi/broadband access and LF pack, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to enjoy your home media content while away.
The bad news: There are some expected comprimises.
Ok, so my parents still use Dial-up. I knew this going into it, and figured I'd test from my sister's apartment (where she sneaks in on other open wifi networks) and I'd also see if I could do the same at my parents' house.
I was able to get a flaky connection from my parent's house from an unlocked wifi network somewhere in their neighborhood. When the connection held, it held at about 60% strength, and bandwidth tests showed I was connected with a good 500KBs or so connection. I was able to watch full quality on this connection, and it mirrored my connection at home. The only problem was that network would 'cycle' or something every minute or so, so it was out. (had nothing to do with the tablet, both my psp and PC showed the same thing).
So another network I was able to snag at my parent's house was stable, but not as fast (300KBs). When I connected to this network I was able to watch full quality, but it would hesitate every 15 seconds or so and the screen would freeze while the sound continued. I bumped the rate down to '4' (out of '6') and it was smooth sailing, with frequent but not bothersome artifacts. I watched 'The Office' this way and I thought it was fine. I did not chose to watch 'Surface' or 'Lost' this way though, because I wanted to wait until I got home to watch them in HD.
The tablet has a VERY strong wifi antenna. Much stronger than the psp, and considerably stronger than the antenna in my laptop. The tablet also has a relatively quick 'realtime' signal strength indicator, and I wasa able to get the tablet into a sweet spot pretty easily for maximum connection.
When comparing the PSP and PC performance vs. the tablet, other than the tablet's amazing antenna I would say performance of the actual NETAV connection was even on the platforms, with the one issue being that I don't have full control of my 942 using those other platforms (see the above posted issue regarding the custom remote)
Overall, if I had to leave for a week or so (what the locationfree functionality appeals to me for) and I knew I was somewhere where I had some kind of connectivity, I would really be happy I brought this along.
I used to travel to NY for a week about once a month for work, and when I came back I always had to spend the weekend 'catching up' and stuff. I will be very happy when/if I have to start making those trips again that I have this toy.
more about the response times in a minute.