|Item Weight||8.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.3 x 2 x 0.5 inches|
|Item model number||PTV3000-100NAS|
NETGEAR Push2TV Wireless Display HDMI Adapter with Miracast (PTV3000) Certified for use with Kindle Fire HDX
- Wirelessly display content in up to 1080p HD video resolution.
- Flexible power option by using the USB port on the TV.
- Small size for easy placement and portability.
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Mirror the Screen of Your Kindle Fire HDX, Laptop, Tablet, or Smartphone on Your TV
NETGEAR Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter enables you to mirror whatever is displayed on your Kindle Fire HDX, Intel WiDi, or Miracast-supported smartphone, tablet, or laptop screen on your HDTV, wirelessly.
- Certified for Kindle Fire HDX
- Wirelessly display content in up to 1080p HD video resolution
- Flexible power option using a USB port on the TV
- Small size for easy placement and portability
- Works with Miracast or Intel WiDi certified Windows 8.1 laptops and ultrabooks
- Works with Miracast-certified smartphones such as Google Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG Optimus G, and others
- Bring content from mobile devices to the big screen
- Enjoy photos, videos, music, apps, or any website on your big screen TV
- Experience your videos and photos in HD resolution up to 1080p
- Enjoy 5.1 surround sound for an immersive home entertainment experience
- Display photos, videos, the browser and favorite apps wirelessly from your mobile devices on TV, without using HDMI cables
- Push2TV is an ideal accessory for any compatible mobile device – Kindle, laptop, tablet, or smartphone
Certified for Kindle Fire HDX
Your Push2TV now supports Kindle Fire HDX. Enjoy Amazon Instant Video or anything that is displayed on your Kindle tablet on your big screen TV.
Flexible Power Options
Push2TV can be powered using a USB port on your TV. If the TV does not have a USB port, Push2TV also comes with a standard power adapter that plugs into an electrical outlet.
Small in size, Big in Performance
Smaller than a standard pencil, the Push2TV adapter allows for simple placement and makes it easy to carry around when travelling.
Supports Intel WiDi and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast
Push2TV supports Intel WiDi and is Miracast certified, so you can wirelessly display more of your devices on TV in up to 1080p HD.
- Installation Guide
- Power adapter
- USB cable
- Requires a laptop, smartphone, or tablet with Intel WiDi or Miracast wireless display
- HDTV with available HDMI input
User manual available at http://www.downloads.netgear.com/files/GDC/PTV3000/PTV3000_UM_23Apr2013.pdf
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I ordered this unit from Amazon and just received it yesterday.
The first thing that you need to know about this device is that it does indeed work. There are however a few things that you need to know in order to get it up and running and also to optimize its performance once that has happened.
I have my PTV3000 plugged into my Sony Bravia HDTV via an HDMI cable in the back along with a USB cable plugged into the back of the TV as its power source. No need to take up another outlet so it is best to use a spare USB jack on your TV if you have one available.
After you have plugged the PTV3000 unit in to your TV the next step is to open the Intel WiDi software program on your PC or Laptop computer. I am using a Sony Vaio Laptop to run the Intel WiDi software.
Once you have opened the WiDi software you can enable the software to scan for the PTV3000. If it finds it then simply click on "connect" and wait a few moments and see if it establishes a connection with the PTV3000.
When I first tried this I was not able to establish a connection to my PTV3000 unit after trying to get it to connect via the Intel WiDi software about 20 times.
Here is what I would recommend that everyone who buys the PTV3000 do FIRST!!
Update/download the latest firmware for the PTV3000 via the Netgear web site. The instructions for doing this are included in the brief manual that comes with the PTV3000. After you have done that I would suggest that you also update the driver/software for the Intel WiDi program on whatever PC or laptop you will be using to send content to your TV. The Sony laptop that I recently bought had an older version of the Intel WiDi software on it and after I downloaded the update for the software, which was 265MB by the way, I was able to connect to the PTV3000 via my Laptop with no problems.
Now, here is something that Netgear does not mention in the user manual. The PTV3000 works best when you have your source, laptop, PC etc..., as close to the PTV3000 as possible. I would suggest keeping your source no more than 20 feet away from the PTV3000 for best results. The second tip that I can share with you is to stand the PTV3000 end on end like a book sitting on a shelf so that the top of the unit faces the direction of your laptop/source. After much trial and error I determined that the antenna inside the PTV3000 is located on the top of the PTV3000 so by standing it end on end and pointing it towards your source you will get a much stronger signal as opposed to setting the PTV3000 flat.
One thing you will notice is that if you walk between your source and the PTV3000 that the audio will sputter and cut out briefly. This ties in with my theory that the PTV3000 likes to have a direct line of sight to your source in order to deliver the best picture with no buffering or glitches.
I had originally placed my laptop about 10 feet away from the PTV300 and after I discovered that the antenna was located in the top of the PTV3000 and stood it up end on end and pointed it towards my laptop I was actually able to have my laptop about 24 feet away and it worked perfectly.
Most of the stuff that I have shared was nowhere to be found in the manual. I learned from trial and error and hopefully this review will help those of you so that you can save some time and follow my advice so that you can be up and running in no time.
Overall the picture and sound quality that the PTV3000 delivers is excellent. The night before I received the PTV3000 I hooked up my laptop to my TV via an HDMI cable and I can honestly say that the picture and sound quality that I was able to get using the PTV3000 was the same as if I was using an HDMI cable.
If you follow my advice I feel confident that you will be pleased with the Netgear PTV3000.
*I specifically bought this for use with my Kindle Fire HDX and nothing else, so I cannot review, with regards to, how well it works with any other tablet, notebook, or phone. This review is solely based on my experience using it with a Kindle HDX alone.*
The LED TV's we have are not "smart," which is how I prefer them, and so was unable to take advantage of the 'Second Screen' function on my Kindle HDX. However, I was really curious about being able to mirror to the TV, and Amazon's info page about mirroring led me to this, as an alternative. Additionally, there are people in the family who are hard-of-hearing, and currently, many of the Amazon Prime movies played through our smart Bluray player do not have Closed Captioning available.
So what does that have to do with a Kindle HDX and the PTV3000? Well, as I had no desire to go deaf trying to watch a movie with the sound so loud it shakes the paint from the walls, something else was needed. Pretty much everything I watched on the Kindle directly had CC available, so an idea surged past the dense layers of my skull, which was a feat in itself. I could just mirror the Kindle and have CC at the touch of a button when needed.
The box arrived and I happily opened it up to see the tiny PTV3000 staring back at me. After I got done running and yelling "It is Possessed!" I opened it up and saw this very small and very thin little black box along with a USB cable and the instructions. Going against my guy instincts about hooking everything up and asking why it does not work first, I read them and went about it slowly.
Hooking it up was easy. USB cable into the TV for power and an HDMI cable which you have to buy separate. It says to update the firmware, which I did, yet the instructions can be a little unclear (at least to me) and I was sure this "stupid thing was a waste of money and didn't work." Make sure you have your Kindle HDX with you, because you need it to do the update. Because I see quite a few lesser reviews, I am including the process explained as simply as possible to help anyone who may have had a similar issue. Your Kindle will need to be connected to your home WiFi network to do this.
Step 1. On your Kindle, open silk and go to the Netgear website listed in step 1 on the second page of the PTV3000 instruction booklet. This is the page you want to be on: [...]
Step 2. In the search field type "ptv3000" and it will bring up a list with all different versions.
Step 3. The version at the top is normally the newest, click on it and it will start downloading to your Kindle. When it is done downloading you can go to step 4 below. (I know some people say you need a laptop to do the download, but I did it all from my Kindle HDX.)
Step 4. Press and hold the button on the PTV3000 for 7 seconds (I think the little light on it flashes, sorry I cannot clearly remember).
Step 5. On your Kindle, go to "Settings then down to "Wireless" and you will see a Push2TV network available. Connect to it.
Step 6. Get back to the home page on your Kindle and open the Silk Browser again.
Step 7. In the address bar type the address shown on page 2 of the little instruction book for the PTV3000. Cannot find the booklet, but looks something like //18.104.22.168
Step 8. Upload the firmware and install it.
This is where I believe the instruction book pretty much stops. The TV shows ready to connect and "this stupid PTV little box was not connecting...piece of junk, does not work, sending it back. I connected it just like it said to the WiFi Push2TV network and nothing." Before hurling the adorable, but now upsetting me, box at the wall, I took a breath, stepped back and thought about what I did wrong. Nope, followed all the instructions, and nothing...screen saying ready to connect staring back at me and no Push2TV WIFI network connecting...and nothing.
I decided to do a search on the web for answers, and since the computer was upstairs, and I had the Kindle with me, I would just use it. So, I RE-CONNECTED to my home Wi-Fi network and then proceeded to let out a long sigh and shook my head murmuring "you idiot" to myself. I was trying to mirror the Kindle by connecting to the Push2TV WIFI network and that is JUST used to update the firmware. The Push2TV WIFI network is you connecting the Kindle and the PTV3000 box and is ONLY used to update the firmware NOT to mirror. Yes, the instructions were kind of meh regarding this possiblity, but it was not the product not working.
Step 9. If you have not done so, reconnect your Kindle to your home WiFi network.
Step 10. Look back at the TV which should have the PTV3000 screen saying "Ready To Connect" and give it a smile. If you don't see that screen, make sure your PTV is plugged into an outlet, or the USB connection on your TV or A/V receiver, and that the HDMI cable is connected and your screen is switched to the right input
Step 11. On your Kindle HDX, go to Settings>Display & Sounds>Display Mirroring.
Step 12. Let it search and when PTV3000 shows up, just click on it and let it connect. TV screen will show connecting and, once connected, your Kindle will be mirrored onto your TV.
Step 13. When you are done mirroring, make sure to go back into your Kindle settings and hit "Stop Mirroring."
All that being said, how does it work?
I have had this for about two months now and have used it on multiple TV's and even through an A/V Receiver. It is used 3-4 times a week with an average of 2 hours each time. The longest continuous use was a 6 hour Game of Thrones marathon. It has worked and performed beautifully every time. The TV's I have are 720p and 1080p and the picture looks perfect, just as good as anything incoming from the cablebox HD or SD and just as good as it does on the Kindle screen. The sound is also sent through the PTV3000 to the TV and/or receiver...yay HDMI and no different from the sound on cable. In fact, I use this on a TV in one room specifically because there is no cable box and mirroring the Kindle is how it gets cable (android app our cable company offers) and movies from Amazon Prime.
When you first start a movie, there may be some slight pixelation, but I have never had it last more than a few seconds and then the picture clears up instantly.
Due to the 3 star average on this item, I went back and forth for a long time on whether to purchase it. I wrote this review to, hopefully, help others who may have similar feelings, may have returned it and now see they might have done what I did initially. This is not a $10 product that people may see some meh reviews, and still go ahead and order because the money risk is low, this is a little bit bigger investment.
For me, this PTV3000 has been one of the best purchases I have made on Amazon. It opened new possibilities for my Kindle and saves me money on renting another cable box. I love this product and I really do feel it deserves much higher average ratings than it has received. At the very least, anyone who was directed to this for their Kindle HDX because it is certified for it.
If you really want to mirror your Kindle HDX and have been on the fence due to the reviews, please try it. I do highly recommend it and I am still amazed to this day at how gorgeous the picture remains using this little box. And by the way, it does put the CC on the TV with Prime.
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But why is it more than twice the cost now?
I have the exact same model.