Connecting a laptop to a TV offers a host of benefits – from business solutions to elevating your home theater experience. Extend your laptop screen to your TV to watch the movies downloaded to your computer’s hard drive on your big screen, or present information to your coworkers in an interactive way.
Option One: Wired Connection
Connecting a laptop to a TV used to be limited to a physical cable connection. If your laptop has an HDMI port, then establishing a reliable connection is as simple as plugging the HDMI cable into your laptop and an open HDMI port on your TV. Then just switch the TV input source.
There are two stipulations to this solution. First, connecting your computer to the TV using an HDMI cable is a screen mirroring solution, not a casting solution. In other words, your laptop must stay close to the TV, limited by the length of the HDMI cable. Second, some laptops don’t have an HDMI port. This is the case with many newer laptops and Apple laptops. If your laptop doesn’t have an HDMI port, then you will need a laptop compatible adapter.
Option Two: Wireless Video HDMI
If you’re looking for a way to connect your laptop to a TV without the limitation of long HDMI cables, wireless video HDMI is a great alternative. Wireless Video HDMI kits typically include a transmitter and a receiver that establish a direct connection without requiring use of the business Wi-Fi network.
A wireless video HDMI transmitter and receiver kit works without Wi-Fi, so streaming video won’t become a burden on your network. The transmitter connects to your laptop, and the receiver connects to your TV or projector. The transmitter sends its own strong, point-to-point 150-ft range signal to the receiver.
Wired HDMI Cables
Distance between devices is limited to the length of the cable
Wall-mounted TV will have visible wires
Movement limited to length of cable
May require adapters to connect to a laptop
Wireless Video HDMI
Place devices up to 150 feet away
Ability to wall-mount TV without wires
Flexible to move around the room
Works through most walls and floors*
How to Set Up Wireless Video HDMI
- Connect the transmitter to a laptop’s HDMI port. If your computer does not have an HDMI port, you will need to use an HDMI adapter.
- Connect the receiver to your TV’s HDMI port.
- Connect the power cords.
- Turn on devices to establish a connection between your laptop and the TV.
- Select the display option that suits your needs from the “Display” settings menu on your laptop.