Is it that simple? Warpia Wireless Devices
I love wireless tech. I want to see a world without those tangled up wires. We are moving towards the "wireless world" one step at a time and the Warpia Easy Dock Pro SWP220 does demonstrate what wireless can do today. I used a SWP100 many months ago, now let's see if the SWP220 is better.
- Specs and Features
- Unbox and Contents
- Setup Notes
- Conclusion And Links
Specs and Features
It looks like an alien spaceship!
What is the SWP220?
In very simple terms the SWP220 is a wireless docking station. It enables wireless transmission of audio, video, and data of usb devices.
Features and Specs
- Connect to TV, PC Monitors or Projectors
- Supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 (or so they say)
- HD Video up to 1080p
- 32bit color
- 48Khz, 16bit stereo audio
- Windows XP, 7, Vista and Mac OS X (10.5 and 10.6) compatibility
- For document and web browsing you need a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom processor and 512MB RAM
- For video streaming you need a 1.8Ghz Intel Core2 Duo and 1GB RAM
Win Vista and Win 7
- For document and web browsing you need a 1.6Ghz Intel Core Solo processor and 1GB RAM
- For video streaming you need a 1.8Ghz Intel Core2 DUeo and 1GB of RAM
MAC OS X (10.5 and 10.6)
- For document and web browsing yo uneed a 1.8Ghz Intel Core2 Duo processor and 1GB RAM
- For video streaming ???? No info provided.
Now... all of those details are important, but can it deliver performance?
Unbox and Contents
What's in the box?
- Wireless USB PC Adapter (transmitter USB dongle)
- Wireless USB Display Dock (receiver USB dongle, and docking base)
- Power Supply Unit
- DVI to VGA Adapter
- Quick Start Guide
- Installation CD
- Download the drivers at Warpia's website
- Install the software first
- Once software has been installed you can plug in the USB dongle to your computer
Do the reverse and you might run into issues. I'm warning you!
Dock Hardware Tips
To get the best results there should be line of sight between the USB dongle (transmitter) and the Dock (receiver). If you have a thin LCD and you want to have the receiver behind that will be fine.
For TVs using HDMI
- You need a DVI to HDMI adapter
- For audio you might need a 3.5mm to RCA cable
Cables hooked, and ready to go!
USB devices used with SWP220
- Thumb drives are ok
- External hard drives are ok
- Wired USB mouse and keyboards are ok
- Logitech Unified USB devices make the Warpia system go crazy (my mouse would not work)
Testing the SWP220:
Regarding claimed 1080 resolution
I could not get 1080 on my monitor that supports 1920 x 1200. I got a max of 1680 x 1050.
If you plan on running HD videos then it's going to be similar to this:
- 1080 videos - Ok
- 720 - Good
- 480 - Smooth
Documents and web browsing will perform very well. Things like HD videos will still play, but the quality of the image is not "super smooth".
Range is good as long as long as there's line of sight, or not too many things between the transmitter and the receiver.
The SWP220 improves on it's predecessors and adds some features. For those that need a wireless docking station this is one method of doing it. There are alternatives out there, but I doubt they are better than the SWP220. This type of wireless technology will not get massive distribution until it's "built-in" on computers. For right now... we must hook the USB dongle, which is one more step that I wish could be avoided. Someone needs to buy Warpia and integrate the technology in their systems. That would be the sweetest thing!
Videos were recorded in early December, 2010. Warpia has released the Warpia StreamHD Wireless PC to Full 1080P which offers 1080p, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo, SPIDF (5.1 surround sound).