Use Your TV as an Extended Monitor Without Casting

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In most of the cases, when we want to use our Television as an Extended Monitor, people’s often connect it with a long HDMI cable from their computer over to the TV set. That’s the easiest solution they know but who wants to connect a long cable across the room when there are plenty of solutions to do this wirelessly..?

You may be thinking that casting using a Chromecast device is the most preferred solution here. But, yeah that’s not true and if you don’t own a Chromecast device  you’re not out of luck.

In this article, you’ll learn about four other ways you’ll be able to use a TV as a Extended Monitor without casting using a Chromecast or any other devices.

Use Wireless HDMI

One of the easiest ways to use a TV as an Extended Monitor no matter how far away the monitor is in the room, by using a wireless transmitter and receiver kit. You can plug this small device into the HDMI port of your computer and on the other end plug it into HDMI port of your TV.

This is how it works, the transmitter on your computer sends the video and audio signal to the receiver on your TV via a 5 GHz wireless signal. This, helps to reduce frequency and the chances of interference from other wireless devices in the house.

 

Most of these devices are compatible with both Windows and Mac Operating System as it support high definition Video and Audio streaming online.

However, these devices are not cheap as most of them cost over $100, which is almost twice the cost of a Google Chromecast Device. But, it’s much easier and faster to set-up and doesn’t require any complicated Wi-Fi setup to get it working.

Buy a Smart TV

One of the easiest and simple way to deal with. But, probably the foremost expensive solutions to have a wireless Extended display that is purchasing a smart TV. Though, Smart TV’s may appear expensive on the surface, but if you consider all of the devices you don’t have to purchase any if you buy one.

  • Wireless streaming sticks.
  • Wireless HDMI adapters.
  • Wires and adapters to connect Internet.

A Smart TV comes included with everything you need to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Once you are connected, you’ll find that you can also wirelessly connect to the televisions without any additional Hardware required. 

This is possible due-to Miracast Technology inbuilt directly into smart TV’s and available by default on Windows and Android devices.

Using this technology it’s damn easy to connect your Computer and TV. You need to all do is..,>> Go on your Windows 10 PC, just select the Action Center notification icon at the right side of the taskbar or just use this shortcut ‘Windows+A’. Select Project in the pop-up menu.

Now, select Connect to wireless display. Next, you’ll see a list of devices that are available wirelessly nearby you. You’ll see any of your Smart TVs show up in this list.

 

Select that monitor or display and your Windows 10 PC will automatically get connect to it and use that Smart TV as an Extended Monitor.

From a Samsung Android,  you’ll be able to use the Smart View app to connect to Miracast enabled Displays. And, on Non-Samsung Android you can just crawl down with two fingers and select the Screen cast button.

If you own a Apple devices, you may know that Miracast isn’t an option on iOs. If that’s the case than you can still use the Smart TV solution by purchasing an Apple TV streaming device combined with a less expensive Non-Smart television.

Buy a Smart TV Use a Roku or Amazon Fire Stick

Chromecast isn’t the only casting solution for using a TV as a monitor. There are competitive streaming devices in the market which are more compatible with Miracast Technology. The, two leading streaming devices with this casting technology are Roku TV and the Amazon Fire Stick.

Roku streaming devices give you a lot more than just the ability to convert a TV into an Extended Monitor. You also get access to a variety of content and nearly-all of your typical online streaming accounts like Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu.

To set this up, you just have to plug it into the HDMI port on your TV via the included HDMI cable. As it comes with a remote control so you can feel like you’re flipping through channels like a regular subscription as of you are TV normally. 

However, the Amazon Fire Stick works pretty much the same way as of Roku. Amazon Fire Stick, the Alexa enabled device that lets you watch Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and of course the use of Alexa skills and apps. As of it doesn’t require any HDMI cable because you directly plug the fire stick into the HDMI port of your TV. 

Most importantly, the Amazon Fire Stick lets you use the Miracast Technology to project an Extended screen from your Windows-10 PC or Android device.

For, using a TV as an Extended Monitor use either of the above mentioned devices or use the same approach as above for connecting to a Smart-TV or you can go with Roku or Amazon Fire Stick device from the list of available Wireless Devices.

Use a Laptop & Miracast

If you don’t want to purchase any new device, but you happen to have one of a spare Laptop or Desktop PC to use. However, you can still use your TV set as an Extended Monitor without casting. 

To use this technique, you’ll need each of the following:

  • A secondary laptop or desktop.
  • An HDMI cable connected from your Windows 10 computer to the TV HDMI port.
  • The latest Windows updates installed on it.

Extending your PC’s display to the TV as an extended display only takes a few simple steps.

  1. Power on the second laptop or desktop and make sure it’s connected to the TV as it’s own display.
  2. Select the Action Center on your primary TV. Now, select Project and choose the second laptop or desktop on that.
  3. Once connected, you’ll be able to adjust the display settings for that additional extended monitor.

You’ll notice that in precisely three simple steps, you’ll be able to use the TV as an Extended Monitor. This approach requires no purchase of any smart TV or streaming devices and certainly no Chromecast device required still.

The approach you choose depends on how much money you have to spend on it and whether you want the extended features included in purchasing devices like a Smart TV or streaming devices.

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