Hands on: JetstreamHD..stream movies to your iPad..anywhere
If you are like me your computer is loaded with multimedia stuff and often you face a situation where you would like to view it on your iPad. Well now there is a simple way to do that..it’s called JetstreamHD a cool device developed by Ottawa based Nuvyyo Inc.
The Jetstream HD..a small box about the size of a router couldn’t be much simpler to set up..plug it in and connect the ethernet port to your router or (as in my case) a switch attached to my router. That’s it! Well for most of you..My Bell Cellpipe router does not support UPnP so I had to manually forward two ports to the device..Pretty clear instructions are supplied but you will also have to refer to your router manual. Fortunately just about every commercially available router such as DLink, Linksys, Belkin, Netgear etc. support UPnP so you will not likely have to worry about this.
Then all you do is download the iPad app from the App Store to and you are ready to set up your JetstreamHD..just fill in the blanks on the settings page. You can play media from shared folders on your PC, a local DLNA server or the USB ports on the back of the JetstreamHD. I found sharing folders on my PC the simplest way to go.
Once set up the JetstreamHDS will scan your media and cache data on your iPad. In the case of most Movies, TV Shows and Music it will display cover art and a synopsis..I found the data collection a bit hit or miss for commercial content..in the case of photos and your personal videos it will show thumbnails. It supports AVI, MKV,VOB, MPG,MOV, MP4,TS, M2TS and OGM video formats and the following codecs:
- h.264 (up to 1080p at 10Mbps)
- VC-1 (future)
- Mpeg2 (SD now, 1080p future)
- Mpeg4 (SD only)
- AVC (up to 1080p at 10Mbps)
- Xvid (SD only)
- Divx (SD only)
The JetstreamHD also supports MP3,,WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIF/AIFF and OGG audio and JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP and PNG images. I had no trouble with any of these but I did have some troubles with MKV videos. Every one I tried would play but had stuttering problems due to issues with video or audio encoding. I tried most of the other formats with no issues.
I found the JetstreamHD to be an impressive device..playback quality was excellent both at home and away from home. I tested it tethered to my 3G smartphone and on a couple of public WiFi Hot Spots with excellent results and barely noticeable reduction in video quality to compensate for the lower bandwidth. It still needs a bit of work on HD MKV videos and the data collection for Movies, TV Shows and Music was occasionally iffy..it either got data for the wrong movie i.e. Secretary instead of Secretariat or no data at all. Customer support was excellent.
The JetstreamHD is available online at the company’s store for $199.99 and the iPad app is free at the App Store. An Android app or HTML5 Web App is in the works but the company could not provide a delivery date.