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TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by shilgia » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:32 pm

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)?

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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by pezworld » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:33 am

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)?
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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by shilgia » Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:44 am

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.

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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by mad hatter » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:51 am

1. connecting laptop to TV via HDMI cable - will likley be the easiest
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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by pezworld » Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:53 am

Sigh. This was a happy surprise with my new W10 laptop (after spending 8 years with Macbooks).

Chromecast is quite handy, though.
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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by shilgia » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:25 pm

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.

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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by shilgia » Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:25 pm

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.)

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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by mad hatter » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:00 am

mates reckon the nvidia shield TV system is the dogs nuts for streaming
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Re: TV question re: HDMI and WiFi

Post by shilgia » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:14 pm

Seems to be an alternative for Roku or Apple TV; not for connecting a laptop.

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