Intel WiDi - what is it?

by Vendor on ‎12-15-2010 11:32 AM - last edited on ‎06-24-2013 02:40 PM by Community Manager

WiDi_vert_tm_rgb_60_prcs.JPGHow Intel WiDi makes the holidays more comfortable:


As the holidays are upon us, there’s a good chance most of us will be entertaining friends and families, and we’ll no doubt be asked to share all those precious moments we snapped with our cameras or caught on video.  But when it all comes down to it, not everyone wants to be huddled around a laptop looking at a lengthy slideshow.


One of the new ways to show off your work of art is to view it on your TV in the comfort of your living room or family room.  You can do this through attaching a laptop to the TV with a special cable, or through a fairly new and much more enjoyable feature built into some of the Intel Core processor family laptops known as Intel Wireless Display or “WiDi.”  You will need to ask the sales associate for it when shopping. Basically, Intel WiDi allows you to wirelessly display your computer screen on your TV with the push of a button. Easy peasy.  You can control your slideshow on your PC from the comfort of your couch instead of being tethered to the TV or worrying about someone tripping over the cable.


But how does it all work?

First, you need to have a PC that has Intel WiDi technology in it, Like this Sony VAIO with a Core i5 Processor. Then, you’re going to need a WiDi adapter for your TV to pick up the signal from your laptop.    This is typically only $99, and is available at Best Buy.  Simply plug the adapter into your TV, activate Intel WiDi on your laptop, then sit back and enjoy sharing all those favorite pictures and videos on the big screen – even in high definition.    Watch this short video to see how simple it is to do.



Do you already connect your laptop to your TV? If so, then let us know did you MacGyver it, HDMI it or WiDi?  

by Legendary Oracle
on ‎12-15-2010 11:46 PM

I like wireless..... just wondering.... is there a bandwidth limitation?  HDMI 1.3 was a standard until 3D came along.  Would Widi support 1080?  What about 3D?

by lazz Luminary
on ‎12-16-2010 05:29 AM

I too love the thought of wireless. Wireless display, network, power (one day), etc. My problem with today's wireless technology is the fact that it's not as efficient as wired or as stable. Does WIDI handle sound also? I have no idea since i've not played with WIDI before. If not, then it's no good for movies unless your computer is outputing sound to a receiver. Is there latency or lag? if so, not that great for games either. WIDI seems to be great for pictures, nothing else really. So handy... yes, cost effective.... no. takes mearly seconds to transfer 1000 pictures to a usb drive, and plug it into a dvd player capable of displaying pictures from thumb drives. Even most TV's these days have usb inputs for pictures.


There is so much stuff in today's "air", interference is inevitable. I have a couple of wireless N routers for my home network, but for my computer and media player, i still prefer to use the wired ethernet cables because I find I get faster and more efficient signals. It's really not fun when watching a movie stored on the network drive, only to have it pause for a second half way through because your network has a momentary lapse in signal.


I will cross my fingers for the future however, I do love the though of NO CABLES, just not today. 

by Vendor
on ‎12-20-2010 01:15 PM

Hi xl & lazz: The Intel WiDi is currently 780p. As far as sound the HDMI cable connects the NetGear box to the TV sending  both audio and visual through as one file,  therefore there is no lag.. When we tested the WiDi at our office watching a movie we had downloaded, there was no lag and that was with numerous cellphones and wireless laptops roaming our small office. I love having no cables!