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how to use tv as pc monitor wirelessly

by Tech3Nuvi101 / October 26, 2011 11:47 PM PDT

I have 1st gen HD tv. IT has all the connection, but no wifi. Anyway to use the tv for pc monitor wirelessly

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For a start try
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2011 1:29 AM PDT

Head to amazon and look at the Veebeam.

Remember that there will be some lag but at that distance it may not be a big issue.

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Here a link to Veebeam
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / October 28, 2011 7:57 AM PDT
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Wifi wouldn't really help anyway..
by darrenforster99 / October 28, 2011 6:03 PM PDT

Firstly what exactly do you want to do with the TV? Is it just to browse the net (like an interactive TV) or is it for actually fully using your PC for stuff like Office, etc.

If you want it just for browsing the net I'd suggest just get something like a PS3 or Wii and stick it next to the TV and use that instead (don't go for an Xbox as that has no built in web browser - which is very strange for a Microsoft based console - they seem to love bundling Internet Explorer with all of their products except their own games console - very strange!).

Even if your TV had WiFi built in WiFi in TV's is only designed for surfing the net, you can't actually send a picture from a PC to it.

Now if it is for fully using your PC you could struggle.

To do this you'd need some device that would take a HDMI signal and transmit it from your computer (assuming your graphics card has a HDMI connector on (HDMI is a small connector looks like a USB but is a different shape)) or if it's got a DVI connector on it you'd be looking at a convertor to turn the DVI socket into a HDMI socket and then transmit it to the TV (DVI is normally a white connector, looks like a DSUB but slightly longer and more rectangular). If it's only got a DSUB connector (normally blue connector slightly curved, looks like the old serial connectors) you might struggle as these are analogue connectors and I don't think anyone actually made a connector to transmit stuff from these.

If you have got either a DVI or HDMI connector you could try One For All I'm quite sure they've got some TV senders with HDMI on them. They also do some with analogue on them but you want to stay away from that because they don't tend to send a HD picture, so the picture would be useless for working on the computer, you wouldn't be able to read any of the text or anything and it would just be appalling.

The final solution if all else fails would be to buy a cheap laptop and install something like TightVNC on both the computer and the laptop. The laptop doesn't need to be anything overly elaborate, a very basic one running Puppy Linux would be fine. On the computer install TightVNC server and set it up with a password, then on the laptop install TightVNC client and connect to your computer via your wireless router. Plug the laptop into the back of the TV and then set TightVNC up to connect to your computer using the computers IP address and password. This will allow you to see the screen and control the computer from the laptop. This is superb if you want to browse the web and edit documents from your PC, the only issue that it does have is that it doesn't do the full 50/60 frames per second, more like 10 frames per second, so you certainly can't watch movies this way. It also doesn't send audio either.

One other thing to bear in mind as well before doing anything - if you want this setup so you can watch Blu-Ray movies from your PC - DON'T go down this route. No matter which way you do it watching Blu-Ray's will not work wirelessly. This is because Sony forced technology into the HDMI sockets. The HDMI socket needs to "talk" to the device it's connected to and the device needs to reply to the HDMI socket to confirm that it is not possible to record the HD picture from this device. If the device can't send this information back to the HDMI socket the Blu-Ray drives are hard coded to not allow the picture to be sent to the device. If you sent the picture to something like a video sender, the video sender would not be able to confirm to the drive that it cannot be retrieved by a HD recording device (such as a Blu-Ray recorder), therefore all copyrighted Blu-Rays would not send their picture through it, also quite a few other copyrighted commercial video files also have the same protection on. This type of protection however does nothing to stop piracy of the films, all it does is hinders the end consumer, because this type of protection doesn't hinder major pirates who already have their hands on unprotected versions of the films, usually weeks before it's official release.

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What do you do with it?
by bofahs / October 29, 2011 5:46 AM PDT

We've got a lot of digital pics in our family - the best way to look at them when the family is together is on the big TV.

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Media players
by backlit / November 18, 2011 2:00 PM PST
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2011 12:50 PM PST
In reply to: Media players

These would not let you use your TV as a display for the PC.

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