Netgear Push2TV--make sure it will work with your system
29 July 2013
Summary: Unfortunately did not read all the reviews until after I had bought this as an add-on for my Alienware17. the computer is not configured for this, no WiDi, and when I tried to download WiDi from the Intel site, it said my computer was not configured properly so it could not be installed. I'm sure it works great, from other review I have read. Just be careful when deciding and make SURE it will work with the way you have configured your computer.
Summary: This piece of equipment skips, freezes, requires numerous restarts of the computer you are streaming from and is an absolute disappointment. I have reinstalled at least 4 times hoping to solve the problems without success. I've searched the Netgear support pages and the internet in general for some sort of fix and found nothing that worked. I strongly suggest that another product would be a a better value in time and money.
Summary: wasted 8 hours talking to netgear then to be told by the dell tech it's Not Compatible. I think the lack of software loading was the real problem. The device communicated to the computer and acknowledged successful communication but failed to connect to reconnect to the internet for completion of the process. DELL stop marketing incomparable junk.
Summary: If you think it's hard to find any practical information about WIDI when considering whether to buy, just wait until you try to get it to work. It's unclear if anyone on this planet knows how this works (or why it usually doesn't work), how it is supposed to work, how to set it up so that it will reliably work or with which laptops it will or will not work. If you do get it to work don't worry, because the next software update will break it.
Summary: I had read that this doesn't work with Windows 8 but Intel would be releasing an updated driver. I saw that Intel HAD issued an updated driver for Windows 8. Called Dell to confirm this would work with Windows 8 and they assured me that it would. It arrived and it didn't work. Dell tech support spent several hours on the phone with me confirming that the computer could occasionally see it but it never saw the Inspiron 5521 so would never connect. They sent a replacement.
Summary: I can't really review the PTV2000 because I bought the PTV3000 but I thought I would point out to you something I read while troubleshooting my Netgear adapter. My adapter worked fine the first time I used it but later the same day I only got a blank screen. The PTV2000 user manual says that you may get a blank screen because "the adapter is not designed to be used for more than 4 hours" and you should wait to let it "cooled down". Really?