Mirroring or casting from device to TV

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  1. Squatting_Tiger

    Squatting_Tiger Member

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    We've just bought a Panasonic 75" EX780 4K Ultra HD LED LCD Smart TV for work and was wondering what is the most flexible way of connecting devices to it to mirror a desktop. Using a myriad of devices, ipads, windows tablets, laptops, Win7, Win10, desktops etc. Thoughts? Is there an all-in-one 'device' that lets you do this?
    Thanks!
     
  2. hippyhippy

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    Chrome Cast? There might also be a built in app on the tv if u lucky.
     
  3. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Any of the usual, WDTVLive (aging now though), MiBox and Chromcast 2 or Ultra seem to be pretty popular more budget conscious choices.

    Do you have a budget?
     
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    No budget (within reason!), this is for the office, just need it to be as flexible as possible.

    Chromecast requires the app to have the casting option doesn't it?

    Need something that is NOT hit and miss.
     
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    You could try a Miracast device for a budget solution. But I don't think they support iOS.

    Alternative (and more expensive option) would be something like Solstice.

    https://www2.mersive.com/products/solstice/

    We use it at work, we have a little Shuttle PC sitting behind the main office screen, that runs the solstice server. Solstice clients connect to it. Supports iOS, Android, Windows.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    You could always try the Nvidia Shield, but it is not exactly a budget option.

    Yes, but most decent apps will have the ability, especially the major apps.
     
  8. Dr Evil

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    I'm assuming your wanting to cast video content & not the actual desktop display.

    Then just get Plex for your TV (I'm sure Panasonic has it in the App Store) or if not then by buying a Chromecast, then download the App/program for every device. It's incredibly universal.

    However if I recall, to directly mirror the content from an iOS device it will need to support AirPlay & that will require an Apple TV.

    Or if Dinkleton's solution is what you're really after you could possibly try Reflector 2
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Plex is fantastic, thoroughly recommend it as a purchase.
     
  10. Renza

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    For Plex to work, you need to run a plex server. Unlikely to fly in a work/corporate environment.

    I see the main use case being an external person comes to give a presentation and wants to hook up their device to the TV.

    Unfortunately, there is not one universal solution. IMO just have HDMI cable ready with a bunch of dongles on hand to accommodate anything you might encounter; lightning, displayport, usb-c, MHL, etc.

    Nvidia shield isn't really solving any problems. You need to be on the same network to cast to it, meaning externals won't be able to connect unless you set up a separate guest network specifically for this purpose. And it's just a pain on desktop, anything of use within a work environment does not support chromecast.
     
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    Sorry to bump.

    I've just been looking into something similar. Chromecast, Airtame, PC Stick, and checked out the above links.

    The cricket club I'm involved in looked at moving to a digital honour board. On top of the cost for the digital honour board (couple $k) there was a $960 fee to "setup the video file". Which sounds like a glorified effing power point file, and then a fee every year to update it. Which is outrageous.

    If we do it ourselves we have a bit more freedom, and reduced cost. Advertisement, sponsor logos, events etc up onto the screens. As well as more honour board stats for runs, wickets, and also recent results.

    At this stage I can only think that a PC stick in each tv is the cheapest option for a unit on each tv, the airtame is $300. Chromecast and others can't store a file locally (can they?) that can stay there and run. It's not a huge task to put the file on each pc stick but ideally running off one point would work (could you run a pc stick as a dumb server and use the chromecast browser plugin to send it to 2 chromecasts on other tvs?)
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Maybe an Intel compute stick at around $160-$170 del.
     
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    any recommendations for laptop to android device/tablet? i've tried, space desk and microsoft remote desktop. space desk works ok, but i can't get my mouse/pointer to be accurate on my tablet. microsoft remote desktop works brilliantly, but it's more so in actually using the laptop on the tablet then just a simple screen mirroring.

    my goal is to use my tablet as a second screen for my laptop on the sofa. laptop is connected to the tv via hdmi, so i would like that connection to remain active but i can live without it.
     

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