How can I set up my home network to play movies on my laptop and view them on the TV?

Abdullah November 27, 2011
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I have successfully connected my Panasonic Viera TV to the router and I can access (the build in app which are Facebook and Shout-cast Radio).

Is there any way to play things on my laptop into my big TV screen after I connect the TV to the router? Since it’s part of my network now?

Here’s an example to explain my question :
I have a Samsung Mobile (with Android OS)
I have a build in app that gives me the MAC address of my mobile, and I can enter that MAC address in my laptop browser and access everything WIRELESSLY -as long as the mobile IS CONNECTED to the router-

Can I do the same thing with my TV since it’s already connected to the home network?

In other words
– I have my TV connected to my home network
– I have my laptop connected to my home network

How can I play movies in my laptop AND view it in the TV?

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  1. Abdullah
    November 28, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Thanks guys! i registered Twonky ! 

    Twonky is the key to view ANYTHING on PC into the big screen :)after i registered there i have downloaded an application for Windows and allowed network access to it.then i opened the built in feature in my tv (Media Server) and sharing folder in PC was displayed there.

    Even in my Samsung Galaxy S2 there's a built in application called (All shares) once i open it i can view all my mobile Media content in my TV also from the same feature (Media Server)

  2. Mjevolve
    November 28, 2011 at 5:38 am

    hello .

    one of the easiest ways to stream media from one device to another is by using a Streaming Media Player . like the WD Media player ( http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330 ) or the ASUS O Play ( http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Digital_Media_Player/OPlay_HD2/ ) .

    simply plug in the device and connect any number of hardwares , wirelessly or wired , 
    and the media player will do the rest ..

    it is a little investment in the beginning , but proves it worth in the long run .
    ease of setting up a media network at home with minimal manual settings and with support for various inputs and devices and formats .

  3. Mike
    November 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Since your TV offers network connectivity it most likely has an DLNA build in. You should find it within the VIERA Tools menu.

    All you have to do then is setup an DLNA on your computers ~ which sounds more complicated than it is.
    If you have Windows Media Player 12 installed all you have to do is add your media files to your WMP Library and then select the menu Stream > Automatically allow devices to play my media...

    Depending on your computers network settings you may have to enable access per device. I suggest to read through the following article on MSDN which explains all necessary steps and options like the "Play to" feature.

  4. FIDELIS
    November 27, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Hello, what is the brand and model of you laptop?  How was the TV added to the network?  What kind of graphics card does the laptop have?  What is your operating system?  If your laptop fills the hardware requirements, you could try the following option.  Keep in mind that you need Windows 7.  Visit the next link and see if your laptop fills the requirements: 
    http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wtech/iwd/sb/CS-031059.htm

    If your laptop fills the requirements, even if it did not come install with intel widi, you could install the intel wireless display.  The next will will take you to the software and drivers download page for intel wireless display.

    http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wtech/iwd/sb/CS-031109.htm

    Also if you are running windows 7 as your operating system you could use the Play to feature.  Make sure to visit the panasonic site and check the specifications for your TV:

    http://www.panasonic.com/

    If your model supports DNLA, you could use play to feature. 
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/products/features/play-to

    To use play to feature, all you have to do is follow the instructions in the following link: 

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/using-the-play-to-feature-to-stream-media

    Play to demo:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows7/play-to

    There are other options but you have to buy something like the following:
    http://www.homemultimedianetwork.com/Guides/Streaming-Video-from-a-Laptop-or-computer-to-a-TV-wirelessly.php