Netgear PTV3000 updated, supports Miracastready Android devices

Interested in Miracast-ing from an Andoid phone via your Netgear Push2TV PTV3000 adapter? Want to know what all that meant? It's understandable -- Miracast is a very recent open standard that lets you echo the display from an enabled device like a smartphone or tablet onto your TV (think Apple's AirPlay Mirroring). You'll now be able to officially do that with the PTV3000 from the few Android devices that support Miracast: Samsung's Galaxy S III, Note II and Note 10.1, LG's Optimus G, the Google / LG Nexus 4, and various Sony Xperia models -- all with Android 4.04 or higher. The PTV3000 also supports Intel's WiDi standard, and actually brought Miracast support in an earlier beta firmware upgrade, though testers saw significant bugginess at the time. Many of those nags have been squelched with the new update, though, and you'll also see a single interface for Intel WiDi and Miracast, both PIN and PBC support, 5GHz Miracast operation and faster bootup times, too. So, if you've been looking to get all those pixels crammed into your smartphone over to a bigger medium, hit the source or check the details after the break.

Supported Intel Wireless Display platforms:

  • Windows 7, Intel Wireless Display V3.1.29.0, Wifi driver V15.1.1
  • Windows 7, Intel Wireless Display V3.5.41.0, Wif driver V15.3.1
  • Windows 8 (systems upgraded form Windows 7), Intel Wireless Display V3.5.41.0, Wifi driver V15.3.50
  • Windows 8 (with Win8 preinstalled), Intel Wireless display, V3.5.41.0, Wifi driver V15.5.7

Supported Miracast platforms:

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android 4.1.1 or above)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
  • LG Optimus G (Android 4.0.4 or above)
  • Google Nexus 4 (Android 4.2.1)
  • Sony Xperia (various models with Android 4.0.4 or above)

Enhancements & Bug Fixes:

  • Miracast support for compatible mobile phones and tablets.
  • Combined Intel wireless display (Widi) and Miracast a single user interface. There is no need to use the push button on the side of the PTV3000 unit to switch between Widi and Miracast modes. The side push-button is strictly used to go into FW update mode.
  • (Miracast) Both PIN and PBC methods for WPS are supported. The device automatically communicates with the source device (mobile phone, tablet or laptop) to determine which WPS method to use.
  • (Miracast) The device is already PBC ready waiting for source to initiate connection.
  • Fixed HDCP connection error issue with some Sony mobile phones.
  • Fixed issue that screen projection does not take place until swiping action takes place on mobile phone.
  • Fixed some disconnection with mobile phone.
  • Device does not allow second Widi or Miracast souce device to interrupt existing Widi or Miracast session.
  • Enable 5Ghz Miracast operation with preferred operating channel as channel 40.
  • Reduced image size and faster boot time.
  • Fixed system lockup issue after wrong PIN entry.
  • Improved connectivity with Intel Widi running under Win8. Repaired issue in win8 that device connection has issue after removal of device under Devices and Printers interface in Win8.
  • Fixed issue of connecting screen appearing after a session teardown on Win7 laptop.
  • Fixed issue of one Widi session affecting screen projection of subsequent Widi or Miracast session.
  • (Widi) Fixed issue of cursor position not updated until "resize TV picture" takes place.
  • Fixed kernel panic issue that system goes into a non-responsive state.
  • Implement regional domain control allowing shipment to Europe, Australia, and Canada.
  • Localization support for international languages.

Installation Procedure

  1. Push and hold the WPS button on the side of the PTV3000 unit for more than 5 seconds.
  2. PTV3000 goes into firmware update mode. Firmware update procedure shows up on TV screen (also shown below on steps 3 to 6).
  3. Use your PC or mobile device and motivate to www.netgear.com/stream to check for and download the latest firmware.
  4. Using the wireless network manager utility on your device, search for "Push2TV" wireless network name (SSID) and connect.
  5. Open a web browser on your device and type http://192.168.3.1 into the URL bar of the browser.
  6. Follow the steps on the web page to upload the firmware image and complete the installation.