Modern technology is developing steadily. Smart TV today is quite widespread. However, not everyone managed to figure out how to connect a laptop to a TV via wireless WiFi.
Of course, this can be done with the help of the already familiar HDMI cable. Such an interface is necessarily available on every modern TV and computer model. However, sometimes this is extremely inconvenient, since not every user has a PC located near Smart TV, and a laptop is not always at hand. over, an HDMI cable costs money. In addition, it restricts the movement of the user, forcing to have the PC in close proximity to the TV.
The advantage of a wireless connection in such situations is obvious. And even if all this is doable, it is much easier to make a connection without using a cable. Therefore, the question of how to connect a TV to a laptop via Wi-Fi is very relevant today.
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How to connect Smart TV to a laptop
To begin with, it should be noted that both devices must be connected to the same network. As a rule, at home, routers are used, to which all devices are connected. But, if there is no router, then you can organize a network using a laptop or smartphone. So, we have a router and a home network to which both devices are connected.
Connect your Smart TV to WiFi as instructed. The laptop must also be connected to a router. Further, a special application will help us display content from a laptop on a TV screen. It will be it that will connect the laptop to the TV via WiFi. There are also two ways:
- Embedded Windows Media Center Extender.
- Applications from third-party developers, for example, a home media server.
The first option is a built-in function in Windows 7 and 8. However, you still need to install it. In the seven it is done like this. Open the Start menu and type Windows Media Center in the search bar. From the search results, select the one you need and open it.
On Windows 8, the launch of the tool is slightly different. Move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner and start the search in the menu that appears. Write the name of the program and select the desired program from the results. However, it is worth noting that in some cases this tool may not be available in versions of the operating system 8 and 8.1. If the search returned no results, then it should be installed. If you use licensed Windows 8, then this will not be a problem. Just go to the official Microsoft website and download the necessary updates.
Further, in both cases, the program settings are done identically. In the program menu, select "Media Extender". Next, you will be taken to a menu called “Installing a Media Extender”.
Just follow the on-screen instructions here. It is worth noting that before proceeding with its installation, make sure that the TV and computer are connected to the same network. Only in this case, you can connect the laptop to the TV via a wireless WiFi connection. After installing and connecting the laptop to the TV, you only need to transfer the files to the media set-top box, which will display them on the TV screen.
Connecting a laptop to a TV using third-party programs
Setting up such applications is extremely simple. There are a lot of programs for playing content on a TV. However, several of them are in greatest demand:
- Home media server.
- Samsung Share.
- Share Manager.
The second application may not work properly with other brands of TV. But, if you have a Samsung TV, then the connection will pass without problems. The home media server is the most stable and fits almost all TV models. Therefore, we consider the principle of tuning exactly on the example of the first application. You can download it for free. over, connecting the laptop to the TV via WiFi and setting up the program is as simple as possible.
After installation, run the program. First of all, you should assign a TV on which video, photo or music will be displayed. When you first start the program, a table appears in which you need to select the type of device for playing content from the list.
This will be our TV, find the brand and the corresponding aspect ratio in the list. Click "Next." At this point, the program suggests sharing the standard folders. But if you store the video in other directories, you should specify them manually.
To do this, press the button with a big green plus. Now just specify the folder with the necessary files. Click "OK" and confirm the scan of media resources.
After that, all the content that you run in the program will be displayed on the TV. Now you know how to connect a laptop to a TV via a wireless WiFi network using a home media server. The rest of the programs work on the same principle, so you should not have any difficulties.
I have extensive experience in configuring and connecting access control systems (ACS) and time tracking systems. And also I’m setting up servers, computers, workstations.
I work as an engineer at the Techno-Discovery company.