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Netgear PTV3000 

This is a simple box to do a simple job. However probably through no fault of the box it has been a VERY FRUSTRATING and time consuming review which involved three separate phone calls with Netgear’s technical support, one lasting well over an hour.

Netgear PTV3000 Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter
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The aim of the box is via an HDMI cable to display the contents of your mobile phone or tablet on your TV screen.

It is called Mirror Casting.

The box is 10.2x5x1cm. It has two connections on the back one for HDMI (not supplied) and the other for a mini USB lead that goes into a mains plug. A single button lies flush on the right side.

As sometimes happens this arrived without instructions and I was sent a PDF version which I knew the salient parts of by the time I started to get results.

My TV is not that recent but it does support Mirror Cast and in my opinion any TV with an HDMI socket should do so.

My first job was to download the latest firmware to the mobile device and then follow the instructions and then do so again and again. It turns out the latest firmware available on the Netgear website it was not the latest version and when I got the latest version (point 06 later) it had solved some problems.

I had joy with a Kindle Fire HDX that worked fine after the latest firmware was downloaded to the TV with the earlier version it did work but each time I shut down the Kindle I had to upload the Firmware again and go through a well documented procedure shown on the TV screen. After the latest firmware all worked well and it was excellent especially reading books in the Kindles special external screen mode that was automatically implemented.

I then moved onto mobile phones and here the results were ‘curates eggish’ in theory it should work with anything running Android 4.4 (Kit Kat). Some it does, some is does not. For example the Moto G is not supported but the Moto X is.

While in the UK the Moto G came out first it was the other way round in the US and even then the settings that need to be input are in different places but it works. The list of supported phones I saw did not mention either of these devices.

Towards the end of my review I got a Samsung Galaxy S4 in to review and this worded perfectly by just ticking one box. The Netgear box is found immediately and everything works fine and this is no doubt why the Samsung is on the list of supported devices. To be fair so was the Kindle Fire HDX.

So if you want to view your photos or videos direct onto your TV then you should find out BEFORE PURCHASE if your phone or tablet is supported. If it works it means that your small screen can become a large screen.

The Netgear Push2TV is available from the link below for £69.79 including delivery.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00D6DTX9M?ie=UTF8&tag=gadge0a-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634  

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