Plug into the wireless revolution
Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:07 PM
Why trip over a spaghetti junction of cabling and adapter plugs in your living room, bedrooms and kitchen when you can simply switch to Wi-Fi?
With the latest connectivity technology it’s now possible to create a powerful wireless network in your home to seamlessly run and interconnect all the gadgets you enjoy for work, entertainment and play, from your iPod to your iPad.
Whether you want to put your new iPad2 through its paces, create an efficient cable free workspace or ‘plug in’ the latest 3D TVs or Internet TVs, you can now access words, music, pictures, games and movies all around your house.
Wi-Fi allows us to complete tasks, that previously required cables and setting up networks, with extreme ease to make our homes 'fully connected'. You can now link Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as the iPad and iPad 2, iTouch/iPhone, Playstation 3, IP TVs and Sonus wireless media players easily and efficiently using networking standards such as DLNA.
The power of the hub
Did you know that wireless connectivity can enable you to:
• Listen to music, stored on a single computer, all over the house
• Stream Movies from your iPad to your IP TV
• View pictures on your IP TV
• Download media content directly to your iPad
• View videos from YouTube and other video streaming sites on your television
• Play multiplayer games online with consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox
• Print wirelessly
What is DNLA?
The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a collaboration of the world’s leading consumer electronics, PC and mobile phone companies. It has devised guidelines for the creation of certified products from TVs to camcorders that can work or ‘connect’ with each other. As long as each product is DLNA certified you don’t need to buy goods from the same manufacturer as they can ‘talk to each other’ regardless of the brand. Put simply, it allows you to send digital content from one device to another, such as video from your computer to your TV rather than having to burn it on to a DVD first.
A great choice of new DLNA certified devices including PCs, 3D TVs, Internet TVs, digital video recorders, printers and games consoles have already hit the shops. And this is just the beginning – a new generation of electronic products with ever more powerful capabilities are also on the horizon.
How to get started
First you need to set up a home network, such as a home hub that you might already have in place for sharing your broadband Internet. It is via a home network, which can be wired or wireless, that your digital devices can connect and communicate with each other.
Then you’re ready to go shopping for the latest DLNA certified products, connect them via your network and get ready to find, view, send, store, watch, play, read and print your digital content in true 21st century style.