How to Connect a Laptop to a Monitor
Sharing your laptop display to another monitor can be handy when you need to see multiple windows at once. This is especially useful in an office setting. Traditionally, connecting a laptop to a monitor is done with a physical connection using an HDMI cable. Wireless HDMI offers a new way to connect your laptop to a monitor without the hassle or clutter of extra cables.
How Wireless HDMI Works
Wireless HDMI achieves the same connection as an HDMI cable. Rather than plugging an HDMI cable between your laptop and a monitor, wireless HDMI uses a transmitter and a receiver that wirelessly connect your devices. The transmitter and receiver create a direct wireless connection, which means a home WiFi network is not needed for the devices to work.
Selecting a Wireless HDMI Kit
There are a few factors to consider when selecting a wireless HDMI kit:
- Compatibility – This is the most important thing to consider when picking a wireless HDMI kit. Select a kit that works with your device specifications and requirements. Wireless HDMI kits are not a one size fits all solution. For example, some new laptops do not include an HDMI port and would require an additional adapter.
- Components required or included – While kits usually include everything needed to connect a laptop to a monitor, you may need to purchase an adapter or other component.
- Power – While it may not be a deal breaker, some kits include a power adapter while others use power directly from the connected device, in this case, your laptop.
- Remote – Using a remote is useful when presenting. Some kits allow you to use your own remote control; others include a remote to use.
Two-Screen Display Options
Duplicate – When this option is selected, the monitor will display what’s on your laptop’s screen.
Extend – This option spreads your display across the two displays.
Show on 1 or 2 – If you only want to use one display, this option allows you to chose which monitor to use and leaves the other black.
5 Steps to Connect
- Connect the transmitter to your computer’s HDMI port. If your computer does not have an HDMI port, you can also use an adapter.
- Connect the receiver to your TV’s HDMI port.
- Connect the power cord (if necessary)
- Turn on devices to establish a connection between your laptop and monitor.
- Select the display option that suits your needs from the “Display” settings menu on your laptop.