Say you cut the cord and got rid of cable, or you don’t feel like signing into your streaming accounts on your smart TV. In today’s post, we cover how to broadcast what is on your computer to your TV.
Google sells smart dongles that plug into the back of your TV to work with your browser. If your TV runs an Android OS, the process will also work as long as you use the Chrome browser. Click the three dots in the top right of the window. In the new dropdown window, select Cast. Select the Chromecast from the list, and the browser tab will show up on the screen.
There is a slight lag between the browser and TV, so Chromecast works best with websites and photos. However, YouTube works directly with Chromecast, so you will be able to broadcast videos from the site. A downside to Chromecast is that it doesn’t have many features, but its simple interface will make it easy for anyone.
Chromecast isn’t the only smart dongle; Roku makes dongles and boxes to broadcast your screen to your TV as well. Roku uses a protocol called Miracast, which is built into new Roku devices and Windows 10. In a Windows 10 PC, open the Action Center through the notification icon in the screen’s bottom right corner. If your Roku is powered on and on the same WiFi network, it will appear in the list. Click on the device to select it and start mirroring your screen.
The Roku device will prompt you to approve the request, and you can opt to make it approve all future requests from your device. To manage your devices, go into the settings in your Roku main menu, then choose Systems and Screen Monitoring. Roku will work with Mac devices; however, you will need additional software.
If you have an AppleTV and a Mac device, you can use AirPlay to broadcast on your TV. It is the simplest way to broadcast with an Apple device. Apple is currently rolling out AirPlay support to many smart TVs for wider availability. If your AirPlay device is connected to the same network as your computer, all you need to do is hit the AirPlay button on your computer. Select your AirPlay device, and the screen will automatically extend to your TV.
Plex will not directly mirror your computer, but you can put videos, music, photos on Plex and make it available for multiple devices. One of Plex’s benefits is that it works with just about anything, AppleTV, Android TV, dongles, etc. Plex has a free option to stream anything to the devices connected to your WiFi network or a paid opportunity to stream to mobile devices.
There are other software options like AirParrot or Miracast on Windows 10. Alternatively, you can always use the cables. Most computers come with an HDMI output that you can hook directly to your computer.
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