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KennyF

I'm thinking of setting up a system in my bar so that, for instance, I can show video and play mp3 files on my phone or tablet and have them "cast" to the TV.

Problem is, I have no clue how to set it up or even what I need to buy.

Any help appreciated 

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GBT62

I have an older model Chromecast - works OK most of the time. There's still a few Apps it doesn't support to throw - or does support but they still wont work half the time.

If you are a Windows/PC person (like I was) - I grabbed an Intel PC-on-a-stick (they call "compute stick" now instead for most viewing.

They run Windows 10 - so supports Windows Apps, Windows Programs, Chrome etc - and has a HDMI built in - so it plugs directly into the TV. You can add a wireless keyboard and mouse - or use the "remote keyboard" app for iOS/Android so you can drive it from a smartphone/tablet.

With Netflix and media player built in it to it I now use it more than the Chromecast - seems to be more versatile and reliable. Cost me about AU$160 off Ebay last year from memory. Mine was a model STK1AW32SC - probably updated by now...

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A_Simple_Man

JohnSurrey bought one of these (link to previous thread).  He said such nice things about it that I did the same.  Works well and pretty cheap.  By now there may be better and cheaper devices available but here is a starting point.  It does what you are asking using Miracast

 

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Goetz1965

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lolhahaha

I plug my tablet directly into the TV using the HDMI port and play videos or netflix downloads that way. I use the tablet for Netflix whenever the internet is slow and it keeps buffering on the tv. With the tablet you can just download shows and watch it later.

It's worked perfectly on both of my TV's.

With my tablet I have to use a mini HDMI converter cable. With my phone I have to use a usb to HDMI cable. 

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fred42

Threw away the chromecast after my son informed me that it was consuming the same amounts of internet data than if I was streaming direct from Youtube.
The HDMI slot in my PC stopped working so
all I wanted chromecast to do was send a wireless signal from my PC HD to the TV.

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A_Simple_Man
16 minutes ago, fred42 said:

it was consuming the same amounts of internet data than if I was streaming direct from Youtube.

Interesting.   So if you have a limited data plan for Internet, then you suggest streaming from laptop to tv via wifi consumes that limit?  Fortunately I have an unlimited plan but if that is true then it is something to consider for those with limits.

The HDMI cable is short and a pain.  Direct streaming is much easier and wireless.  Each to their own though, the HDMI cable is surely the cheapest way to connect "unless" a person already has a smart tv and a modern tablet or laptop where both support Miracast.

If such is the case, and if one is not worried about "consuming internet data", then just google how to use Miracast.

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