Been rocking the TPCast wireless "solution" on my Rift since Monday. Damn. It took a bit of work to get up to spec, but it works beautifully now. I can do untethered roomscale in my office now (for the relatively small area I have).
I had to:
* do some additional configuration on the router (switch to wireless A only, force channel 40),
* open the on-board computer module and swap out the stock OS with image of OpenTPCast on a class 10 card for faster boot, and
* use VirtualHere for USB interface for orientation, tracking, and audio, instead of TPCast's stock software.
But once I did that, everything was almost perfect. I don't detect any lag or drop in resolution.
If it sounds like they shipped the preconfigured components of a hacky DIY project, well that's exactly what it is. You read right, there is a router, TPCast-branded, included with the solution, but it looks like a regular stock wifi router with some customized firmware. And the power supply is an Anker PowerCore 20100 power bank you can get by itself, which is nice if you need backups.
Is it worth $350 to turn a $400 VR headset wireless. No. More specifically, hell no. This is far from a viable commercial product, and I've seen TPCast exhibit some questionable judgement in design and partnership decisions, being the main reason I had to go to OpenTPCast operating system. And they swore they could miniaturize the router to a USB dongle. Instead, I had to take my desktop wireless to free up the wired network for tracking. That's just unforgivable.
Can I recommend it? With significant reservations. It's not a product. It's a project. They have the gall to package this like the Rift, in wrap with a large sleeved keeper box. It feels like it should have come in separate boxes on separate days from Amazon, Alibaba, Adafruit, Shapeways, and one sketchy guy on eBay. BUT it's apparently the only viable option in the market right now. You might be better off waiting for a whole new generation of hardware rather than slog through with this audaciously thrown together melange of tech.
In other news, Microsoft sneezed today.
*Linux users countered, saying their sneezes were more secure and open source.
*Mac users said their sneezes are better, more magical, and "just work".
*Windows 7 users complained that Microsoft was forcing them to sneeze, too.
*Playstation owners deployed a list of games that include sneezing at 1080p.
*The EU sued them for trying to monopolize sneezes.
*Privacy advocates believe someone is tracking sneezes.
*Consumer advocates called it a $neeze and expect Microsoft to bill them per $neeze at some future date.
*The average human being had a normal day OBLIVIOUS to the anti-Microsoft knee jerking.