Setting up a laptop in two steps
Connecting to a shared access point. Make sure the Wi-Fi module is active. By clicking on the wireless network icon, you will see a list of active access points, among which you should select the name of your router or TV if you used the Wi-Fi Direct function. After successfully entering the password, the laptop will be connected to the network.
Sharing folders. Before you can display the image, sound or from the laptop to the TV via Wi-Fi, you must open access to the files to all participants in the home network, in this case the TV.
You can open access to folders in several ways:
right-click on the desired folder, select the “Properties”. “Access”. “Advanced settings” item in the context menu, check the “Share this folder” checkbox and click OK;
in the left pane of Windows Explorer, select “Network”. “Network Discovery and Access. “;
in the Windows control panel, select the section “Homegroup”. “Create a homegroup” and open access to the necessary folders.
By default, the folders “Pictures”, “”, “Music” and “Documents” on the system drive (usually C) are shared. Therefore, you can SIMply transfer the files you need to these folders.
To start watching files on the TV, press the HOME button on the remote and select the desired folder from the list of available on the network.
Also, for the convenience of working with shared folders and files on the home network, there are special programs, for example, Windows Media Center, which is part of the Windows operating system starting from the Vista edition, or a SIMilar program from a third-party manufacturer. Home Media Server. They greatly SIMplify the setup process, which usually boils down to just choosing a TV from the list of available network devices and the necessary folders from the catalog.
Two options for connecting a TV via DLNA
Shared access point. To do this, you need a working router with a ready-made network, which must include a TV and laptop. To get started, enter the settings menu by pressing the MENU button on the remote control or the TV panel and select “Network”.
Next, go to “Network Settings” and select the name of your router from the list of available wireless networks. After that, only the security password will remain to be entered.
Using the Wi-Fi Direct function. This means that the TV itself is an access point, so there is no need to use a router. Go to your TV’s network settings and make sure Wi-Fi Direct is listed in the list of available functions. Use the navigation arrows and / or the OK / ENTER button to set it to “On”. As a result, the TV’s network name and security password will appear on the screen, which must be remembered or written down.
Now let’s move on to configuring the laptop.
How to connect a laptop to a TV via Wi-Fi
The main advantage of a wireless connection is that the laptop is not tied to the location of the TV, and in some interiors this is critical. Nevertheless, it is desirable that both devices be in the same room, since the iron reinforcement of the main wall can interfere with the signal transmission, significantly reducing its quality.
It should also be remembered that connecting a laptop to a TV via Wi-Fi is not the best option for streaming data, for example, to display a computer game on the screen. Such actions are possible, but the signal is often unstable, can be interrupted, and this creates inconvenience. Ideally, this connection is best used for listening to music, viewing photos, or.
In this article, we will look at how to connect a laptop to a TV via Wi-Fi in various ways, depending on the available wireless signal transmission technology.
This is the most common common type of wireless connection available for almost all modern TVs. The only condition is that they have a built-in Wi-Fi module. Although sometimes you can do without it, which will be discussed below.
The main disadvantage of connecting using this technology is that it is not suitable for displaying a desktop image or a computer game from a laptop to a TV in real time, since it does not provide synchronization of actions. Available only for viewing photos, or listening to music, which are pre-loaded into the TV’s memory.
Wireless Display (WiDi) or Miracast is available on most modern Smart TVs and laptops with integrated Intel 3rd generation or higher. However, full support for this technology is guaranteed on Intel branded laptops with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 preinstalled. For earlier editions (Windows 7/8), additional drivers may be required, which can be found on the Intel website.
The convenience of WiDi technology lies in the fact that all actions on the laptop are synchronized with the TV, which actually acts as a second display. Therefore, such a connection is suitable for computer games, surfing the Internet and other streaming activities.
Establishing a wireless connection in this case is quite SIMple:
Enter the TV settings with the MENU button on the remote and in the “Network” section turn on the WiDi function. In the Russian-language menu, it can be called differently: “Screen mirroring”, “Screen mirroring”, etc.
If you did not find such inscriptions among the menu items, but the WiDi technology is declared in the instructions for your TV, then it is SIMply turned on by default (which usually happens), and you just need to activate the Wi-Fi module.
Launch Intel Wireless Display on your laptop and enable search. After finding the desired device to connect to it, you may need to enter a confirmation code, which is displayed in the TV settings when the WiDi function is turned on.
To activate Miracast in Windows 8.1 on a laptop, enter the Charms bar, where select “Devices”. “Projector” and add the TV as a wireless display. Or “Connected Devices”. “Add Device” in Windows 10.
Connecting with an adapter
This function is convenient for TVs that do not have a built-in Wi-Fi module, but have HDMI or USB ports. In this case, you need to purchase a special adapter that installs a virtual operating network on the TV and makes it possible to use almost all modern wireless Smart TV technologies, including Miracast.
As a rule, such adapters are plug and play devices, that is, all the necessary drivers are located on the device itself and are automatically activated when connected to a TV. Further, the setting takes place in the ways described above.
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