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Want to hook networked TV to Computer to use as monitor.

by allfritz123 / July 2, 2009 5:25 PM PDT

I have a LAN network in my house and I have my computers and my Panasonic Viera 850 TV hooked into it. My TV has a MAC address and an IP address as this TV connects to the internet via my system, in other words it has its own built in network card and I can visit the internet with it.

I would like to send/view .avi files currently on my computer (different room same network) and view them on the HDTV (living room) via my CAT5E home network. Anyone have any ideas if this is possible?

I have no idea where to look? Is there a special software to allow me to do this or where do I start. I tried googling and so far have not come up with any solutions.

Allan

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seeking similar information
by mamontano / July 7, 2009 11:15 PM PDT

Using an hdtv as a monitor on a network.

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Web Server on one of your PC's
by WildClay / July 10, 2009 6:53 AM PDT

If you are trying to do what I think you are you will want to put a Web server on one of your PC's, then you hit it from your TV like any web site. Now to just get html pages this is easy, to play WMV's, MP3' and other audio/video media from your PC to tv you would need the right server software to play those formats and put them out in a stream that yout TV equiped "broswer" can handle, not really sure what that would take.

Probably the cheapest and by far the easiest would be to get a small inexpensive PC with a good video card and put just what you need on it, an OS (could be XP or Vista or others), a the media players of your choice and netwrok that PC to your source material.

You can get IR remotes to control the PC so basically you put together a low-end Home Theater PC (HTPC) and then hook that to your TV.

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