How To Connect Your Laptop To Your TV

Gone are the days where you can only connect your laptop to your TV set using an AV converter. Today, due to the advancement of laptops and TV sets, you can make that connection in a variety of ways, with or without the use of any cable or additional hardware. Here is a list of ways that you can connect your TV to your laptop that you choose from to suit your needs.

The Easiest Way: HDMI Cable

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© Evan-Amos at wikipedia.org

Since smart TV sets (with built-in wi-fi) have yet to become mainstream in households, the easiest way to make the connection is to use a HDMI cable. For many years now, almost every single laptop and TV set comes with a HDMI port, making it the most convenient way to connect between the two devices. HDMI cables have also become extremely affordable during the past couple of years. With the use of just one cable, you will be able to transmit audio and visual data from the laptop to the TV set. All you need to do is plug in the cable onto both the devices and you are done!

The Neatest, Most High Tech Way: Wireless Connection

DLNA networking on the Panasonic Viera Smart TV © panasonic.co.uk

DLNA networking on the Panasonic Viera Smart TV © panasonic.co.uk

This too, can be a very easy way to connect the two devices if you have the right devices. Today, many high-end TV sets comes with wi-fi connectivity and supports DLNA or PLEX.  If you own one of these TV models, you can connect your TV to your laptop wirelessly, without the need of any cables or additional hardware. All you need to do is install the relevant program on your laptop and you are set.

Since such TV models are still currently relatively expensive, chances are, you currently own a regular TV set without such features. If so, you can still make the connection with the help of media streaming boxes such as the Apple TV. These media streaming boxes are usually connected to your TV by cable, and serve as a wireless intermediary with your laptop. You will be able to use your laptop to stream content to your TV thorough these media streaming boxes. Depending on the model that you have bought, you might also need to download some additional software to do that.

The Old School Way: VGA Cables and AV Cables

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© Swift.Hg at wikipedia.org

It is safe to assume that virtually every single piece of laptop and flat TV sets in the market come with computer monitor and AV outlets. VGA cables might be big and chunky but they are also relatively cheap. So are the AV cables. To stream visuals to your TV, all you need to do is to connect the two devices with a monitor cable and you are set. If you would like to stream audio to your TV set at the same time, you would need use a special headphone jack- audio cable to do that. One end of this cable is to be plugged into your laptop’s headphone jack and the other end into your TV’s audio port.

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