ViewSonic WGP-150 Wireless Video Gateway - First Look and Setup of the WPG-150

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ViewSonic WGP-150 Wireless Video Gateway
First Look and Setup of the WPG-150
Continued Setup, Features and Testing
 

WPG-150 First Look:

The WPG-150 is a nice and tidy device that should be able to fit in your laptop bag or briefcase.  The package includes the Gateway, a detachable antenna, power cord, a companion CD and some documentation.  Upon plugging in the Wireless Projector Gateway, your wireless enabled laptop will detect a new Open Network with the SSID "WPG150-0". 

Bundle
Bundle

 

 Front Profile
Front Profile
 Lots of Back Ports
Lots of Back Ports



The Wireless Projector Gateway is a clean, sharp looking unit and it offers good connectivity through the wireless 802.11b/g protocol.  For streaming media, bandwidth will not be the issue - the limiting factor will be the processor inside the WPG-150.  If it is not fast enough, you will see jerky video and stuttering in your presentation transitions.



Setting Up The WPG:

The Wireless Projector Gateway has the IP address of 10.0.0.1 by default and is a DHCP server.  Once you connect to the WPG150-0 network, open your browser and you'll find the WPG-150 web configuration.  Here you can download the software and set up the network to a different IP range, SSID, and tweak several other features.

Download Page
Download Page


To connect to the WPG-150, you must install and run the software that is stored on the gateway itself.  This is a beautiful thing as you won't have to remember to bring along the CD for other people to install and use it.  My initial concern is that if there are new software versions available ViewSonic needs to be able to update the firmware on the WPG-150 so that the updated version is available on the device.  After checking everything out, we find that ViewSonic has thought of this and software updates would be made available on the device if firmware was flashed.


Software Installation & Windows Setup:

Once you've downloaded the massive software (188KB) program to connect to the gateway, you'll be able to install it in a matter of minutes.

188K Download
188K Download

Unlike the Plextor Wireless Projector Adapter, the ViewSonic unit installs as an additional display and gives you many more options that the earlier Plextor device.  To be honest, Plextor should not be faulted.  Technology changes rapidly, and the WPG-150 shows how far wireless projector technology has come in a short year.

Extra Display
Extra Display

Inside the application you have the ability to select different optimizations such as full screen video, windowed video, text and other mode.  However, if you are not running full-screen video the corresponding option will be grayed out.  Different resolutions are also available as well as changing the WPG-150 from "Clone" to "Extended Desktop" mode. 

Application - Advanced
Application - Advanced



This is super duper handy as you can set up a presentation on your laptop display without the audience seeing what you are doing on the projector.  This is commonplace when connecting through a VGA cable, but is a feature that is often lacking on wireless devices.