Wirelessly Connecting Your Laptop to a Non-Smart TV

Norvan Martin

In this guide, we will walk you through how you can connect a laptop to non-smart TV wirelessly without HDMI. This way, you can enjoy content from your laptop on your TV without a wireless connection or HDMI.

Note: This depends if your television supports the technologies we will mention. 

Now, let us see how you can connect your non-smart television wirelessly with no wire:

1. Wireless HDMI Extender

If you have a non-smart TV, then the TV won’t likely have an HDMI port. However, you can still use HDMI with the help of an extender.

HDMI extenders consist of a transmitter and receiver so can connect your laptop’s HDMI to the TV video input.

The transmitter connects to your laptop’s HDMI port using an HDMI cable while the receiver connects to the TV’s video input (e.g., VGA, composite, etc.) using the corresponding cable.

There are many great HDMI Extenders on the market including the TIMBOOTECH 4K Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver as well a the Gofanco 5G Wireless HDMI Extender Kit.

This device works by having the transmitter wirelessly send the HDMI signal to the receiver, allowing you to view your laptop’s screen on the TV.

2. Screen Mirroring Devices

There are many screen mirroring devices that you can use to mirror your laptop screen to your non-smart TV.

Popular screen mirror devices include Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick.

You can quickly plug these devices into your TV’s HDMI port and you can wirelessly stream content from your laptop to the TV.

Typically, you will need a corresponding app on your laptop and follow the relevant instructions to connect and mirror your laptop’s screen.

3. Wireless HDMI Connector

For this to work, you need to have a HDMI port in your non-smart TV.

  1. You need to purchase a Wireless HDMI Connector ( I recommend the Artmu Wireless HDMI Adapter)
  2. Plug this Device into your non-smart TV and your laptop.
  3. Mirror your screen and stream at really good quality to your TV.

More about Artmu Wireless HDMI Adapter – 

1. Easy Setup & No Cables Needed: Forget about downloading additional apps or messing around with Bluetooth – setting up this device is extremely easy. Just plug the antenna into the dongle, connect it to an HDMI port on your TV, power it up, and track down the mirror function. And voila! You’ll be casting HD video and audio in no time.

2. Works With Many Devices: Whether you’re on team iOS (9+), Android (4.2+), or Windows (8.1+/10) – this HDMI wireless adapter has got you covered. It’s good to go with devices like iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Samsung phones and tablets, Huawei gadgets as well as laptops and PCs – basically anything you can think of for streaming! Plus, it supports Miracast, Airplay, and DLNA modes too.

3. Great Viewing Experiences: With support for both Mirror and Extend Modes, you can sit back and enjoy top-notch video/audio quality together with friends and family! It streams in stunning resolutions up to 4K x 2K at 30Hz or smooth 1080P at either 60Hz or 30Hz. In Extend Mode, you can cast videos on your TV while playing them on your phone simultaneously!

4. Miracast Connector

Requirements: You need to purchase aMiracast connectorthat works via HDMI. Miracast is a wireless display standard that allows you to mirror your laptop’s screen to a compatible TV. 

A non-smart TV doesn’t support Miracast, so you can use a Miracast adapter, such as the Tsemy Wireless Display Adapter or the Google Chromecast (which we will discuss in the next part), to connect to your TV. Once you have the adapter connected, you can mirror your laptop’s screen.

You need to check if your laptop supports Miracast as well. On Windows, search for “Connect to a wireless display” in the Windows settings. 

5. Apple Airplay

In case you have a MacBook, you can use Apple Airplay. Your TV will need to be an Apple TV as well. 

If you have an Apple laptop and an Apple TV, you can use AirPlay to wirelessly connect your laptop to the TV. AirPlay allows you to mirror your MacBook’s screen or stream content to the Apple TV from the MacBook.

Of course, the TV and MacBook need to be on the same WiFi network.

To connect a non-smat Apple TV to Wifi, you can use Apple’s official Lightning Digital AV Adapter that allows you to mirror your MacBook to your TV. 

Finally, you’ll find the AirPlay option in the menu bar of your MacBook.

3. Connect Google Chromecast

This works on a non-smart TV, you just need to purchase a Google Chromecast Device.

It is a popular streaming device that can easily get plugged into a TV’s HDMI port and allows you to stream content from your laptop. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can still use Chromecast by connecting it to an HDMI-to-RCA converter.

The converter allows you to connect Chromecast to your TV’s RCA input, and you can then use your laptop to stream content to your TV completely wireless. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do if my laptop has no HDMI?

Here are the different ways that you can follow: 

  • You can purchase a cable or an adaptor to connect it to your TV’s common HDMI connection. 
  • Check for a DisplayPort on your laptop. If there is not, buy a DisplayPort or micro HDMI adaptor. 

2. What are the alternatives to HDMI?

  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Miracast
  • VGA To RCA Adaptors
  • HDMI Converters 

3. Which is better, HDMI or DisplayPort?

Compared to HDMI cables, DisplayPort cables can have a higher bandwidth, and more signals can be sent simultaneously across the wire with greater bandwidth. This fact is advantageous if you want to link your computer to several monitors.

4. How can I convert my normal TV to a smart TV without an HDMI port?

A normal TV can turn into a smart TV with these:

  • Get Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite (with an Alexa Voice Remote)

Conclusion

So, you can connect your laptop to your non-smart TV wirelessly without HDMI in several ways. From using Miracast to Wireless HDMI converters, you have plenty of options to choose from. Remember to check if your TV or laptop has an HDMI port. 

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