Two Ways to Connect a Laptop to a TV
Connecting a laptop to a TV couldn’t be easier. From business solutions to elevating your home theater experience, connecting your laptop to a TV offers a host of benefits. Extend your laptop screen to your TV for an immersive experience, watch the movies downloaded to your computer’s hard drive on the 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 as 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 HDMI
If you’re looking for a way to connect your laptop to a TV without the limitation of long HDMI cables, wireless HDMI is a great alternative. Wireless HDMI kits typically include a transmitter and a receiver that establish a direct connection without requiring use of the business Wi-Fi network.
Wireless HDMI is a “permanent” solution that can be set up in a business meeting space or conference room. The receiver remains connected to the meeting room TV or projector. The transmitter is typically set up on a conference room table, allowing people to come in with their laptops, connect and share.
Some business kits come equipped with HDMI adapters that meet the needs of various laptops. Be sure to check for this.
How to Set Up Wireless 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.