How to Wirelessly Connect a PC to a TV

By Dan Blacharski

There’s a variety of reasons for why you’d want to share content on the “big screen.” Movies and videos are one of the most obvious reasons to connect your personal computer to your TV, for instance, for amily game night or music and social-media sharing with friends at parties. In more serious moments, you might just want a bigger screen as you study or conduct research. Whatever your lifestyle or needs, it’s easier than ever to connect your PC to the TV, so here are a few ideas for making that a smooth process.


First, both your PC device and TV need to be on the same wireless network. That’s a priority common to both initial setup and any later troubleshooting. Confirming your equipment compatibility and correct routing also are keys to success, and that’s true regardless of which connection method you’re using. These methods may include Intel WiDi, HD wireless adapters, or simply direct connect with the increasingly common and hassle-free feature of built-in WiFi in your devices.

Intel WiDi

With Intel WiDi, you can stream directly from PC to HDTV, provided you have a certified WiDi receiver device. Intel Wireless Display features high-quality content delivery, with the ability to split screens and multitask. Tutorial videos are straightforward and offer simple walk-through menu pathways to add the device and activate projection. New, low-cost adapter options and Intel WiDi apps also make it possible to make the most of the wireless Intel WiDi connection.

Wireless HDMI Connection

Many laptops are HDMI-ready, and the port designated for HDMI cable use is available for wireless use, too. A number of kits on the market make it easy to connect without a cable by using a small, plug-in transmitter with a matching receiver. Other connection options between your TV screen and your PC -- or your handhelds, too -- include apps that are especially helpful for displaying and sharing content in the business networking or conference setting.

The Future of Wireless

At home, the TV is still the top screen choice for entertainment -- but more consumers are using it together with PCs and other devices, especially competing tablets and mobile handhelds common to “second screen” experiences. Experts expect more than 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020, twice the volume now, including refrigerators and appliances as well as TVs! So keep an eye on the Internet of Things future when considering your tech investments and capabilities today.