In this article, we will discuss how to connect a computer to a TV via a WiFi network. The fact is that such TVs are quite widespread. But Smart TV technology is quite new and not everyone managed to study it and understand how it works.
What is WiFi technology: Video
Before proceeding directly to the instructions, it is worth analyzing what Smart TV is and how the technology itself works. This will allow you to understand what you need to connect the computer and the TV.
Smart TV is a technology that allows users to access the Internet using a TV.
It should be noted that the manufacturer has provided some built-in programs, such as:
- Various movie sites.
- Sites with music.
- Built-in browser.
- A program for connecting a TV to a computer.
All this opens up new possibilities. Connecting to the Internet can occur both with a cable, and over the air. via a WiFi connection. This article will focus on the second type. So, here we come to the topic of how to connect a computer or laptop to the TV via WiFi connection.
Connecting a computer to a TV via WiFi
Given the fact that the TV is connected to the computer via the WiFi network without any wires, it is worthwhile to understand that we need an access point. What it is? As a rule, budgetary wireless routers are used for private purposes, which have a low cost, but at the same time allow you to easily and quickly organize a home network.
It is equipped with the same WiFi adapter as the router. And this suggests that it can also be used as an access point. In this case, all devices will connect to your laptop. It is worth noting that if it is connected to the Internet through a cable or USB-modem, then all participants, including the TV, will be able to access the Internet.
Connecting TV and TV via a router
Connecting a PC to a TV via a wireless WiFi router is an extremely simple task. To do this, connect the laptop to the router. After that, turn on the TV and enter the settings menu. Here you need to turn on the wireless network (carefully read the instructions on how to do this directly on your model). After you are connected to the network, go to the settings of the laptop.
Now both devices are on the same network, but in order to play content from a computer to TV, we need a special program. There are a lot of such applications and, fortunately, they are completely free. Their list includes:
- Home media server.
- Samsung Share.
- Share manager.
There are others, but these are the most common programs. So, install one of them on a laptop and open it. Then everything is simple. In the settings you need to assign a device that will play content. Here we select our TV.
Also, the program will need to specify the connection method and image format that supports TV and folders containing the necessary files. To do this, go into the settings and select the item "Media Resources". To add a new catalog, click the button as a green plus. Then just select the folder that contains the necessary information.
It is worth noting that the programs have an extremely simple and intuitive interface, so connecting a computer to a TV via wireless WiFi connection should not cause difficulties. The TV is controlled directly from the computer from the installed program.
How to connect PC and Smart TV without a router
As you already know, you can create a home network without the help of a router, using a laptop as an access point. There are several ways to do this:
- By creating a connection in the PC management console.
- Using the command line.
- Using third-party programs, for example, Virtual Router Plus.
It is worth noting that the built-in Windows tools are more reliable and stable. over, you do not need to search for programs and install them on a PC, clogging the registry. In this case, the second method is the easiest to configure and implement. It is about him that we will speak.
So, we launch the command line with administrator rights. In Windows 8, this can be done using the WinX key combination. In the menu that appears, select "Command Prompt (Admin)". In the seven, simultaneously press the WinR keys, in the window that appears, write CMD and press "Enter".
Now we write such a command. netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode = allow ssid = My_virtual_WiFi key = 12345678 keyUsage = persistent. Press "Enter". This completes the creation of the network. Now you need to run it. To do this, on the command line, write netsh wlan start hostednetwork. It is worth noting that creating a virtual network is done once, but after each reboot or disconnecting the WiFi module, you will have to write a command to start the network (netsh wlan start hostednetwork).
How to create an access point using the command line: Video
Now all that remains is to connect the TV to the PC. To do this, perform all the actions that were done in the case of the router. The TV is controlled from a computer via WiFi using the same programs. There are many applications that allow you to control the TV through a smartphone and tablet. In this case, the phone is used as a control panel. The principle of connecting to other devices is somewhat different. To learn how to connect a laptop to a TV, follow the link.
I work as a private computer master. I have been professionally repairing computers for more than 12 years, as an amateur since the 90s.
For two years he worked as the head of a service center specializing in connecting subscribers to the Internet and computer help.