One of the factors in my not-too-well-thought-out decision to buy the LG Smart TV (42LB5820) was the fact that it was advertised as being able to connect directly to my PC. Our previous TV was a Hyundai 42inch Plasma boat anchor, and I had it connected to the PC by VGA and to the stereo by RCA. Time to step into the 21st century, or so I thought (Also TV is now 15M+ away from PC, so HDMI is dodgy & expensive).
I have spent many hours practising my google fu on this one, and even tried the LG help centre (curse curse mutter mutter), but haven't been able to make it connect. The PC can see the TV, but the TV is unwilling to acknowledge the existence of the PC.
In the dream world utopia of the user guide, the TV and the PC should be able to connect using DLNA. As long as they are both on the same network (preferably wired), and the 'Smartshare' software is installed, it's theoretically a matter of plug and play (or watch). But, no...
I have tried:
- Wired connection
- Wireless connection
- Nero Mediahome
- Changing router settings
- Changing home network settings
- Waving a stick
No dice. I can connect and mirror an S3 to the TV through Miracast, the TV can browse the net, windows media player can see the TV in the 'play to' menu.
Any suggestions for simple things I might have overlooked? Has anyone managed a Smartshate PC <> TV connection? Do I need better swearwords or a longer stick?
Setup info: Desktop PC running Windows 7. Connect to my home network using a TP-Link Wireless N PCI adapter. Router is a Belkin N300 Wireless N. The TV is connected to the router by wi-fi. The router is connected by cable to a Cisco DPC3008 cable modem. As I said I have also tried connecting both PC and TV to the router by ethernet cable without any change in the situation.
And yes, I should have bought a Samsung Smart TV :)