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- Wireless connection adaptor for HTC Vive
- Easy to Install, No modifications required
- The transmission Resolution is up to 2K and provides an extraordinary virtual reality experience
- Getting rid of the HMD data cables enables full freedom to move around
- Battery Pack provides up to 6 hours of operation
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TPCAST Wireless Adaptor for VIVE is an accessory especially developed for HTC VIVE. Users can easily upgrade the HTC Vive HMD to work wirelessly. With highly optimized antenna array and large bandwidth, it ensures the display experience is exactly the same as that with the cable. By dropping the cables, Vive users now can enjoy a perfect Virtual Reality(VR) experience.
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Update: 1/13/18: I'm updating my review because I've run into a BIG issue with TPCast. The day after I installed it I noticed a green hue in the far right of my FOV. If I don't look directly at it its very visible when in dark areas during gameplay, if I try and look at it, it goes away. I started trying to figure out why this was so I took of the HMD and looked in the right lens corner and sure enough there is a green line there where the images aren't reaching the end of the screen. First thing I did was uninstall the TPCast and when back to corded to rule out the TPCast, but when I did this the green line went away. I reinstalled the hardware/software and the problem came right back. At this point I did a search on the internet and found that this is a common problem with the TPCast output resolution not matching the screen resolution in the Vive. Weird thing is some people see and some don't depending on the shape of your eye, but it there regardless of if you see it or not, narrowing your FOV. There is also a blue line in the far left of the left screen, but this one doesn't bother me at all.
Bottom line is I love being tetherless in VR, but this issue is a deal breaker for me. Now that I know its there it, it is very distracting. I will contact TPCast to see if they have a resolution and update this review as necessary and at this point I'm ready for a refund and go back to that dang tether.
I'm providing a picture, its not mine but will show exactly what I'm talking about.
Original review: This takes my Vive to a whole 'nother level. It is absolutely fantastic playing VR without that cumbersome cord getting all tangled up around your feet. I was very skeptical about how well this would work, but after about 20 hours so far, I have felt absolutely no latency.
0. Unpack and identify all components; there will be several.
1. Go to https://www.tpcastvr.com/support (or the site indicated in your instructions) to download the latest version of the TPCast Vive setup software.
2. On the same site you will find a relatively short video that shows you how to setup TPCast. Make sure to watch it since installing the cables isn't as simple as you may think. (TIPS: The TPCast logo on the receiver should point toward the back of your head. Thread the HTC Vive strap through the receiver last; it should go under the TPCast cables so that it separates the cables from the top of your head.)
3. When you install the TPCast transmitter, you can use a camera tripod. I had a lightweight tripod available, but there are plenty of affordable alternatives.
4. The battery is high capacity and can take hours to fully charge. Mine arrived with a half-charge and it took over 2 hours to get it to full charge. BONUS: TPCast uses an Anker PowerCore 20100 juice pack, so it's easy to pick up a backup battery if you use Vive controllers that can go beyond 4 hours of continuous play.
5. In all the TPCast pictures that I had seen, they never show the waist strap that you need to use for the battery. I was surprised when I unpacked it and wondered what it was for, but that may be just me. It's no big deal, but I was expecting a fully head-mounted setup. It isn't like that.
6. You will need to setup the included wireless router, and then connect your VR PC to that router for the easiest configuration. I also like to access my VR PC remotely, so I had to add a secondary Ethernet adapter (USB 3) to avoid having to add static routes to my main router. Now my TPCast router is using the 192.168.144.0 subnet, while my secondary Ethernet adapter is on the 10.x subnet. TIP: The supplied Ethernet cable is only 3ft long. You will need a longer cable if the TPCast router will be more than 3ft away from your VR PC.
7. If you want to log into the TPCast router to change the default password for tproot (I highly recommend it for security reasons), look for a document on the web called "Optimizing The TPCast Router". It has the default tproot password and other useful tips. (To avoid complaints, I didn't post the password here, but it is public knowledge anyway.)
TPCast performance is simply amazing. I noticed no issues at all with my VR computer, which is running with Windows 10 Fall Creators edition and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti video card. I played games like Overkill and Arizona Sunshine without any problems. All I could notice at first was how wonderful it is not to worry about the original VR cable. Soon you leave that thought behind and lose yourself in the wonderful world of VR!
I hope that this review is useful. I will update it if needed.
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