ecs wi bridge 1 ECS Wi Bridge does what Intels WiDi does on the cheap

Intel has been pushing its WiDi/Wireless Display video streaming over Wi-Fi technology for a while now, but the technology has to caveats, as not only does your notebook need to have one of a somewhat limited range of Intel Wi-Fi cards, but you also need to have a fairly costly receiver. ECS seems to have solved both of these problems at once with its Wi-Bridge which appears to do everything that WiDi does, just without the limitations.

Intel has been pushing its WiDi/Wireless Display video streaming over Wi-Fi technology for a while now, but the technology has to caveats, as not only does your notebook need to have one of a somewhat limited range of Intel Wi-Fi cards, but you also need to have a fairly costly receiver. ECS seems to have solved both of these problems at once with its Wi-Bridge which appears to do everything that WiDi does, just without the limitations.

The Wi-Bridge itself might not be the most stylish piece of hardware we've ever seen, but it's a rather unobtrusive looking wedge of plastic with a small Wi-Fi antenna at the back. There are only three physical connectors, a power connector, an HDMI port and a side mounted USB 2.0 port. Details as to what technology or even what chips are inside the Wi-Bridge are things that ECS has conveniently left out at the moment, but it could be based on the Broadcom hardware we saw back in June at Computex which relies on Wi-Fi Direct.

ecs wi bridge 1 ECS Wi Bridge does what Intels WiDi does on the cheap

That said, ECS claims that the Wi-Bridge works with not only notebooks, but also desktops, smartphones, tablets and even USB flash drives, although presumably it doesn't stream from the latter over Wi-Fi. What we do know with regards to the specifications is that the Wi-Bridge has 256MB of DDR2 memory and 256MB of NAND flash and it currently supports English and Chinese.

The details on ECS' website are sadly in somewhat incomprehensible Chinglish, but as far as we can make it, the Wi-Bridge is meant to work with some kind of remote control and/or wireless mouse to control the playback and it comes with some kind of PC software that we presume is intended for this purpose. As with Intel's WiDi, the Wi-Bridge supports 1080p video playcak and ECS claims a range of 10-30m depending on the usual limitations of Wi-Fi.

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The Wi-Bridge doesn't just allow you to stream video, but it can also be used to either mirror or extend your desktop wirelessly to a second display. ECS is suggesting that it's an ideal solution for presentations and we'd say as much as it could be an interesting solution for ceiling mounted projectors if nothing else, especially if it works as well as ECS claims with a wide range of devices. No word on pricing or availability, but we'd presume that ECS will be demoing the Wi-Bridge at CES in a few weeks' time and it should be a more affordable solution than Intel's WiDi either which way.

Source: ECS