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Topic # 129042 2-Sep-2013 09:21
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Hi - I am sick of lugging a 15m HDMI cable that has its socket bit bent every few months ... so ...

I connect my laptop to my AV receiver via HDMI to play video and music ... is there anything that can carry the HDMI signal without a wire?

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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  Reply # 888092 2-Sep-2013 09:23
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Closest thing I could think of would be a wireless AV sender of some sort, but would probably be bulkier than a cable (and still requires at least a short cable at each end between the output / transmitted and receiver / input device).

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  Reply # 888100 2-Sep-2013 09:35
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In that case, how well do those USB HDMI media player thingies work?

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  Reply # 888110 2-Sep-2013 09:47
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Aside from AV wireless senders (which are often quite bulky), there are a number of options.

A "Smart" TV, they usually have the ability to consume content from DLNA (and sometime UPNP) sources on the network and often have a browser or apps for consuming Internet content.

INTEL have a wireless display technology WiDi, but both your laptop (WiFi card) and TV have to support it.

Apple of course have the AppleTV, to which you can stream (push) content from your iPhone, iPad, iPod (Touch only?) and even iTunes.

And then there's a variety of HDMI based dongles, that are often running Android, which can either pick up audio/video from network shares or off the internet (they're usually WiFi based).

FYI I've stopped using my HDMI cable from my laptop to my TV after I upgraded from a Samsung "dumb" (I still think it's better than my new TV) TV to a "Smart" Sony Bravia, which is able to consume content (most WMV/AVI/MP4s, some MKVs) from the DLNA service on my Windows Homeserver...

Oh I believe the Chromecast dongle from Google would also have been appropriate, however I believe Google has disabled streaming from local (your home network) sources in a recent update...

Hope that helps.


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  Reply # 888129 2-Sep-2013 09:58
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DLNA is a great option.

Other option would be get a Roku for your TV and then run a Plex server on your laptop. Streaming is then done via the Plex app for Roku.

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  Reply # 888166 2-Sep-2013 10:46
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I've been thinking the same too...

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  Reply # 888214 2-Sep-2013 11:51
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oh dear that's expensive - I think i'll stick with cumbersome HDMI cables :D

i'd like to stick to the HDMI signals so that the AVR can process the sound and the laptop process the video so those other options are not what i'm after

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  Reply # 888218 2-Sep-2013 11:59
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Would a Google Chromecast suit your needs?

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