With the optional wireless LAN module or USB key, the 826W allows for simple wireless connection to any desktop or laptop with 802.11 a/b/g capability. Like the previously reviewed Epson 1735W, there are two ways to connect wirelessly to the 826W. The first, is to use the optional USB key. We did not have one for the 826W, but from our experience with the 1735W, you simply plug it into the rear USB port of the projector to record the network information. Then plug the key into any available USB port on your computer and follow the installation screens that appear. This only takes a few minutes and when done the computer image will project on the screen.
Shown: Two of the wireless LAN network menus
The second way to set up a wireless connection is to install the optional wireless LAN module, which plug into a slot about the dust filter. You then set it up on your PC with software from the CD provided with the 826W. Your computer will see the 826W as an available wireless network and you can connect to it.
Unlike the 1735W, the 826W’s software does not include a video player for wireless operation, nor does it allow for PowerPoint presentations wirelessly. Basically, if you display video or do presentations on a regular basis, plan on using a wired connection.