Diamond VStream Reviewgotdamojo06 - June 6, 2011
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The first part of the Diamond VStream that I wanted to take a look at is the base station which is the main part of the device that converts the wireless incoming feed to an HDMI signal. On the top of the base, you will find a USB port that has an eject button next to it. This is where you are going to plug the wireless USB stick into the base that receives the signal from the device plugged into your PC. When you take a look at the bottom of the device, you are going to find the label that lets you know that the Diamond VStream was tested to comply with FCC standards for either home or office usage only. You are also going to have the model number printed on the bottom, which happens to be WPCTV1080H. There are four rubber feet on the bottom of the base that are going to help keep it in place when you set it down on your entertainment center, there are also two slotted holes that are cut out on the bottom to allow you to be able to mount it on the wall if you feel the need to do so.
Taking a closer look at the base station of the VStream, you are going to again see on the top that there is a USB port that is used by the wireless adapter. On the sides of the unit, you are going to find two other ports, one is the HDMI port on the front left hand side of the unit, this is where you plug the included HDMI cable in to transfer the feed to your HDTV or device that supports HDMI input. The other port is the DC 5V. Since the VStream doesn't get any power from the USB port, the included power adapter is needed for operation.
There are two wireless USB adapters that you are going to find inside of the package. The one on the left hand side is the Wireless transceiver that plugs into your PC and sends the signal to the wireless receiver on the right that plugs into the HD Base. As I stated before, there is a maximum distance of 30 feet that can be between the two devices. Also included is a standard HDMI cable. Diamond did put plastic caps on both ends to protect it from any dust that may get inside or any other damage to the ends that may occur while it is either being shipped or unpacked. The HDMI cable is about four feet in length. Which should be long enough to make sure that the base station is positioned to receive the signal from the transceiver, while providing the ability to hide the cable when routing the HDMI to the TV. As I mentioned before, the 5V DC adapter included in the packaging, is needed to power the VStream HD Base. The prongs are detachable so you can use it outside of the US, however you will need to purchase an additional adapter for this use.
Now that we know what components make up the Diamond VStream, it's time to take a look at the software behind the hardware to see exactly how it works. As well as getting the software configured properly.