Plextor Wireless Projector Adapter
|Plextor Wireless Projector Adapter|
|Software and Setup|
|Setup, Testing and Conclusion|
The world around us changes so fast when it comes to technology. There was a day all Plextor made was CD-ROM drives. Times changed and CD-RW drives came into the mix. Next there were DVD-ROM and DVD-RW drives. Then Plextor switched gears and released video capture equipment, network attached storage products and shock proof hard drives. Plextor has kept evolving as they have now released a wireless projector adapter and added this new product to their line. Plextor recently offered the wireless projector adapter to us for a review and after about two seconds of thought I agreed.
I really didn't know what to expect with this unit as I'd never seen a wireless projector adapter before. The bundle is fairly basic as you can see above. It includes the projector adapter itself, a power cord, software CD and some documentation. We'll go into detail on setup, usage and more as we continue.
The projector adapter is quite small and should fit nicely beside your projector without any trouble. The wireless antenna is pretty standard and should give you up to 100M range under ideal conditions.
The back side of the PX-PA15AW is a little interesting. It features the VGA output connector the power connector and an Ethernet jack. At first I was pretty excited to see the Ethernet as I thought you could run this unit wired if you needed additional bandwidth. After reading the documentation, I found out that the Ethernet port is for configuring the device only - not for streaming video to the projector. The front side of the adapter is very basic. Plextor has used this space to attach the antenna and implement the power button. That being said lets take a look at the specifications of this unit as ripped from Plextor's site.
|Network Standards :||IEEE 802.11 a/b/g and Ethernet|
|Bandwidth||802.11a: GHz - 802.11 b/g: 2.4 GHz|
|Channels||802.11 b/g: US & Canada: 11, Europe:13, Japan:14|
|Transmission rate||802.11 a/g: up to 54 Mbps - 802.11b: up to 11 Mbps|
|Transmission Range||802.11a: 20~30M Depends on environment
802.11b/g: 50~100M Depends on environment
|Antenna||2.4 ~ 2.4835, 5.15 ~, 5.25, 5.725 ~ 5.825 GHz|
|Operation temperature||32º~104º F|
|Operation humidity||10º~85 %, Non-condensing|
|Power Consumption||USA & Taiwan: 5V, 1 A Europe: 5 V, 1.7 A|
|Connectors||D-Sub 15 pin, RJ-45|
|Status indicators||Power on|
|Dimension(W/H/D)||4.57 in x 3.13 in x 1.03 in.|
|Management Protocol||Web-based utility|
|Graphics Resolution||800x 600, 1024 x 768|
|Color Depth||16-bit / 24- bit / 32- bit|
|Security mechanism||64 / 128 bit WEP|
|Frame rate||Up to 15 FPS|
Minimum System Requirements
|CPU||Pentium® III 800MHz or equivalent (minimum)|
|Hard Disk Space||500 MB of available|
|WLAN 802.11 a/b/g or b/g card with Infrastructure/ Ad-hoc mode support (embedded or card bus)|
As we head on to the next page we'll take a look at software installation and do some setup of this unit.