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Connecting TV via wifi to Various Devices

by DavidAlpha / November 27, 2013 7:43 PM PST

I have been tasked with sourcing a ~32" tv for my company to use at exhibitions and during meetings in the office. My chairman has asked that it be possible to:

Connect via wifi to computers on the network so that it can mirror the display on any given computer at any time

Play from a USB input

Built-in DVD

Connect via wifi to an iPad (although this may not be possible as we'd rather not shell out for Apple TV).

I have done some research and found numerous screens that boast the relevant requirements (Wi-Fi, USB etc) - however, I have become rather confused at exactly what we would need to allow the picture from one device to show on the screen via wi-fi only, or even if it's possible at all - is the wi-fi only for connecting to applets like Netflix?

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What Bob said and then some...
by Pepe7 / November 28, 2013 1:37 AM PST

You are basically looking for a unicorn.

The task at hand is to convince your boss that this project requires $ to achieve good results, and requires more than a single device to do it all well. A single 32" 'Smart' <ahem> HDTV won't do what you need. Adding iPad or (Apple OSX) screen mirroring to the mix means you need the $89 AppleTV and/or a Macbook with adequate hardware/software specs. PC/Windows screen mirroring is it's own separate problem to solve, if you guys have the typical office spec Lenovo Thinkpads (etc.). FWIW, I have switched some of my own work projects to Apple/iOS devices to be able to dial in folks working in front of a 90" Sharp LED. Adding the AppleTV has made this a painfully easy task since the more pedigreed folks running iOS 7 on their iPhones can also quickly connect and correct all my mistakes ;).

Since many laptops include optical drives, you can just as easily eliminate the built-in DVD requirement. And there's also the $30 DVD player you could just as easily bolt in back of the display Wink

What sort of laptops/hardware will be sending along feeds to this equipment(?) That's at least a small starting point so you get the task solved correctly.

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Problem (nearly) solved
by DavidAlpha / November 28, 2013 5:38 PM PST

Thanks, that's great.

In other words - Wi-Fi does not (and will not) act as an input source in the same was as HDMI or VGA?

That being the case, I will make a recommendation based on the best functionality, and if he really wants to use his iPad with it he can invest in the Apple TV box

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I didn't find one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2013 11:02 PM PST

That's a lot on one list. The included DVD pretty much made this one of those Find Waldo hunts, but I came up empty. If you do find one, it may be the only one.

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I was never good at finding Waldo
by DavidAlpha / November 28, 2013 12:42 AM PST
In reply to: I didn't find one.

The DVD is probably the least vital, so if we need to overlook that it shouldn't be a big problem.

The most important aspect is being able to show the display from an iPad (Samsung TVs can do it brilliantly with Samsung devices but iPads seem a bit more tricky when not using them with other Apple products) via wi-fi in an easy manner - some of my colleagues aren't the most technologically savvy.

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Then the next hurdle.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2013 12:47 AM PST

You seem to know the iPad answer so I won't duplicate or cover that.

"Connect via wifi to computers on the network so that it can mirror the display on any given computer at any time"

That's one tall order. The only system I used to do that involved a PC and a lot of setup to install screen sharing on each PC. This would have an IT staffer busy busy busy.

As no TV has a PC in it, there would be no Waldo to find. Yes Sony had a PC in a TV a few years ago but that's not on the market today.

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