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TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:32 pm
by shilgia
This may be dumb, but . . .

I have a TV that calls itself a smart TV and has Roku built in. To watch things available through Roku, it connects to the WiFi and finds its signal there. I'm trying to figure out what the best option is for watching the rare streaming content that is available online but not via Roku (i.e., things streaming through a random website that doesn't have a Roku app). If I'm not mistaken, the options are:

1. connecting laptop to TV via HDMI cable; or
2. Chromecast (or the like)

But why is this necessary? The TV clearly is able to connect to the WiFi network. Shouldn't there be a way to connect my laptop to the TV just through WiFi (with no cable and no Chromecast)?

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:33 am
by pezworld
shilgia wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:32 pm
But why is this necessary? The TV clearly is able to connect to the WiFi network. Shouldn't there be a way to connect my laptop to the TV just through WiFi (with no cable and no Chromecast)?
You are a clever woman. Yes, at least if you have Windows 10 or Windows 8.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... n-miracast

https://www.windowscentral.com/hands-pr ... ary-update

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/turn ... ss-display

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:44 am
by shilgia
Cool! Thanks, pez. But I just did a search if this exists for OSX, and the answer is yes but . . . requires an Apple TV. Because of course.

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:51 am
by mad hatter
1. connecting laptop to TV via HDMI cable - will likley be the easiest

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:53 am
by pezworld
Sigh. This was a happy surprise with my new W10 laptop (after spending 8 years with Macbooks).

Chromecast is quite handy, though.

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:25 pm
by shilgia
Yeah. I'll see how it goes with the cables and how often I actually use it, but Chromecasts are not all that expensive, so that's an option.

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:25 pm
by shilgia
Actually, I just remembered that I do have an old Windows laptop. It might be Windows XP, though. (And hardware that may not be able to handle this.)

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:00 am
by mad hatter
mates reckon the nvidia shield TV system is the dogs nuts for streaming

Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:14 pm
by shilgia
Seems to be an alternative for Roku or Apple TV; not for connecting a laptop.