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laptop to TV through AV receiver?

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November 8, 2018 4:06:12 PM

Hoping to get some help understanding how I can best connect an external hard drive to my laptop, the laptop to a receiver (receiver has Bluetooth and WiFi), the receiver to the TV so that I can watch movies that are stored in the hard drive.
Thank you!

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a b D Laptop
a b x TV
November 8, 2018 5:15:17 PM

If your receiver supports streaming (check for "DLNA" support), you can keep your laptop where it is, and install a DLNA server (many people recommend Plex, but there are many others). Otherwise, plug laptop directly into receiver, mirror its screen, and use wireless keyboard/mouse combo to drive it.

Another option is to use eg Chromecast plugged into the receiver, and cast movies from the laptop.
a b x TV
a b D Laptop
November 8, 2018 6:18:18 PM

Boy, this is a BIG subject.

I will touch on an easy one: Only if your receiver have HDMI can u go Laptop --> Receiver --> TV.

When u want to play a video, do you want control from laptop, TV, or receiver?
a c 2106 x TV
a b D Laptop
November 12, 2018 12:25:52 PM

Alabalcho's advise is the simplest way but I would set the TV as a 2nd display or extended desktop rather than mirror the laptop screen. That won't let you adjust the screen resolution independently. I also find that I like having the laptop screen available. For instance you can have VLC running on the TV and be looking at the files on the drive at the same time.
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