I always used HDMI cables to connect my laptops to my Samsung 3d HDTV. However, after my HDMI port began malfunctioning, I was desperate for any way of continuing to study for my I.T. certification exams on my big screen Televisions.
So, when I recently discovered Play-To I was extremely happy that I could once again do several things on my computer, while at the same time watching my I.T. cert training videos on the television in the background.
I noticed Play-To because when I right-clicked on a mp4 video file, there was a context menu entry that said Play-To , then cascaded to TV-55C750 which then (after changing my Samsung Television’s input source to “TV”) began playing the video in high quality on the Television screen. Now I must notice that not all HDTelevisions will be able to utilize Play-To or “DLNA” which is the protocol that is used by Microsoft.
First of all, the television must have a network card and in my case, a Wireless Network Adapter. You should go into the Network COnnection Settings of your television and configure the ip address, DNS Servers, default gateway, and subnet mask. In my case, I entered a static IP Address of 192.168.1.201, I entered subnet mask 255.255.255.0, and default gateway of 192.168.1.1 (Which is your main router’s ip address). For your DNS Servers you can enter Any of the following… “OpenDNS… 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206,” or “Google which is 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168” In my case I entered my own Active Directory DNS Server ip addresses.
Another important point is that many video files will not Play-To the television. I have had success only with MP4 and WMV, however there are many free programs that will convert your FLV files to MP4. One example of a free program that includes many useful tools is Free Studio. Free Studio is software created by DVD VideoSoft, and this toolbox includes picture and video downloaders and uploaders, as well as media file converters, and Media recorders and Media editors. It really is an ALl In One Free Media Studio with all the tools you need to create and share media on your Windows PC, or on the internet.