My brother has that D-Link thingy. It’s pretty cool, and it’s a lot better than hogging up your puter with a second display as the TV. That was going to be my second suggestion, but you beat me to it. I was over at his house last night, and I was playing around with that thing. It’s kind of a PITA though, the stupid thing will update it’s firmware without asking you. Then to use it with the updated firmware, you have to get the updated media server software. If you don’t, it won’t work at all. It took us hours to figure that out, the bastards don’t bother to tell you that when that thing decides to do the firmware update. It can connect directly to the internet, and stream media too. So before you even plug it in, go download the new media server software from D-Link, then plug it in and configure it for the network. After that it should just update the firmware all on it’s own (STUPID IDEA) I can’t beleive they didn’t bother to tell us you need new software! Anyways, after you get it up and running, basically anything in a shared folder on your whole network (not just the puter with the media server software) can be streamed directly to that thing. It’s pretty cool, when he had it over here, he could play music & video off my puter (my 300 gb drive is shared) without installing the server software on my machine! Not to mention porn on the bigscreen is cool!!!
BTW: You can catch that thing @ best buy for $150, and if they have any open box, you might be able to haggle with them, and get it for $100! That’s what my brother did, but they thought the remote was missing. It was actually on the shelf next to it, and they just didn’t see it. My brother didn’t say anything, but they slapped the $100 price tag on it anyways. then the other dude handed us the remote, and we went up front to pay for it. It was pretty cool, got out of there with that thing for $100 with the remote! It’s useless without the remote though, but my brother has a universal that will control it.
It won’t get staticy on you, but if you get too far away from the access point or router, it will make the picture on video files skip, and the audio will make glitch sounds. If a wireless network card in a laptop won’t make it, don’t even try it with that. You can plug a network cable into it, and that’s how we had it hooked up here. That’s the way I’d do it anyways, wireless SUX. My brother is using the wireless part of it, but it’s literally about 2 feet away from the router (other side of the wall)! Once you get about 100 feet away, or if there’s a bunch of walls in the way, it starts to puke. You can get high gain antennas though, and it will work a lot better. I dunno, I’d just run some cat5 to it, and call it good.