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What you need to know - Awind McTiVia wireless adaptorBy Hanleigh Daniels 24 July 2012 | Categories: gizmos
McTiVia enables Mac and PC users to wirelessly stream content from their computer to an HDTV, with the device being able to receive content from up to eight different devices simultaneously.
The McTiVia (130 x 65.3 x 22 mm; 251 g) functions as a wireless access point, requiring you to plug it into the back of a HDTV or large high-definition monitor. This enables users to display content such as HD movies, high quality photo streams or video games on a larger display in the living room, without the need for wires.
To get started, you simply plug the McTiVia into your HDTV or monitor via an HDMI cable. Next, you simply connect to the device via Wi-Fi, using the McTiVia software on the installation CD. No router is necessary.
Display content from multiple users and Remote Desktop
Content can be streamed from up to eight users, who can connect to the device simultaneously, making it ideal for business meetings and presentations, or home get-togethers. Also onboard is designated administrator controls, allowing one person to manage which device’s content is displayed.
For instance, if you showcase a holiday video at a braai and one of the guests has related photos on his notebook, they can simply install the software, connect to the MacTiVia wirelessly, and display a slide-show of these once your video is done.
Additionally, the McTiVia wireless adaptor boasts a USB 2.0 port at the back, enabling users to connect a USB keyboard or mouse and used it to control a computer remotely. This is handy if you want to access content on a cumbersome PC tower that is still in the McTiVia’s range.
Awind’s McTiVia works with 802.11n-enabled Windows PCs that feature a dual-core 1.8 GHz or higher processor (excluding Intel’s Atom CPUs), a Nvidia or ATI graphics processing unit (GPU) sporting at least 64 MB of VRAM, and Windows Vista or Windows 7 as operating system.
Mac users require a computer with an Intel dual-core 1.4 GHz CPUs or better (PowerPC microprocessors aren’t supported), a Nvidia or ATI graphics card with at least 64 MB of VRAM, as well as Mac OS X 10.5 or better as its operating system.
The McTiVia goes for an RRP of R2995. For more info contact Forefront on 011-259-7000 or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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