Not need a smart TV for access to Pluzz, Canal Play, Netflix, YouTube, Arte +7 .. Connect your computer to your TV, and enjoy, on the big screen, all platforms videos online.
Simple and quick, you just have to find the cable or the key fit, and Tech Advisor is here to guide you.
For information on how to connect your tablet or smartphone to your TV, it’s here.
What cable to choose to connect his PC to his TV ? .
Before you buy anything, look at the usb ports of your computer and your TV.
The HDMI port is the most commonly used on tvs as on computers. So much the better, this is the simplest way to connect one to the other. Even if the vast majority of TV and laptops sold in the last 10 years have this port, it is best to check your appliances. Note that there are several different sizes of HDMI that we detail below.
We have circled in red the HDMI.
The port VGA (sometimes called PC IN – as in this photo) is also widespread. It is a little less convenient than the HDMI port, since it only transfers the image. So you need to get you a second cable (3.5 mm audio) for the sound.
We have circled in blue the HDMI.
If your computer has no video output, you can connect it to your tv using an adapter to plug in your USB to turn it into VGA output. These adapters cost around 25€.
You don’t like the cables ? There are several wireless solutions detailed in the following article.
Use an HDMI cable .
Use an HDMI cable to connect a computer to a TV is simple and economic.
The cable costs around 15 euros, the quality of the image and the sound is not degraded by the latter, and there is no adjustment to make !
Before you buy your HDMI cable, check the size of the jacks on your computer and your TV.
The type A (left) is the standard. It is often present on large appliances, such as televisions, computers or game consoles.
The type C (middle), also known as Mini HDMI, and D-type (right) is generally classified as a Micro HDMI, is found almost exclusively on tablets, PCS, ultra-portables and smartphones.
– When you have found the right cable, turn on your TV, your computer, and connect through the HDMI.
– On your tv, select the proper video output using your remote control (the button is usually named AV or INPUT).
– Your computer should automatically set your image for optimal viewing.
– If you want to change the view manually, on your computer go to Settings → View → Advanced Settings → Resolution.
Use a VGA cable .
If your computer and your TV does not have HDMI ports but ports VGA, you will have to buy two cables : one VGA for the picture and an audio 3.5 mm Jack for sound.
The procedure is very simple :
– Turn on your TV and your computer, and then connect them with the VGA cable.
– Plug in your cable to the 3.5 mm Jack into the earphone jack output of your computer and the sound input of your TV.
– Your computer should adjust the image automatically. If you want to change it, go to your display settings.
How to connect his computer to his TV wirelessly ? .
If you can’t or don’t want to use a cable to connect your computer to your TV, try the wireless. Several options are available to you, and they depend greatly on the hardware at your disposal.
If your devices are recent, they may have innovations such as Miracast or WiDi. These allow you to connect your computer, smartphone or tablet to your tv, wirelessly. These technologies are not yet widespread, due notably to the lack of compatible devices, but it costs nothing to check.
Another way to make the link between your computer and your TV is to use a multimedia box such as Chromecast from Google. Available in France since November of 2016, this accessory is a bit more expensive than a HDMI (39€), but it lets you stream content on all your devices Android, iOS, Windows, on your tv.
Use a cable that is USB to HDMI .
If you do not have a HDMI port on your computer, but that you have one on your TV, you can use a USB to HDMI adapter. The only complication is that you will need to download a software to turn your USB port into a video output. Also, make sure that the cable/USB adapter/HDMI is compatible with your computer before you buy it.
Use an external hard drive to watch a video on your TV.
If your tv is recent, it certainly has a USB socket. In this case, you can transfer video from your computer onto a USB and connect it to your TV.
The only technical point to keep in mind : the format of the video. Prefer to videos in MP4, and check what other formats are compatible with your TV.