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Can you mirror computer screen to Roku?

fortune 2,142 1,115 October 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM
is it possible to duplicate screen from laptop to Roku? TIA

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I don't quite get what you are trying to do.... Roku is a media player, not a display device. You can connect a laptop directly to a TV, but why would you want the Roku in between?
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I would say no, you cannot. There are some DLNA servers that can stream the desktop [avforums.com], but Roku is not DLNA compliant for accesing these streams.
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I don't quite get what you are trying to do.... Roku is a media player, not a display device. You can connect a laptop directly to a TV, but why would you want the Roku in between?
I pretty much agree. OP can you tell us more, what you are trying to do and why?
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I don't quite get what you are trying to do.... Roku is a media player, not a display device. You can connect a laptop directly to a TV, but why would you want the Roku in between?
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I pretty much agree. OP can you tell us more, what you are trying to do and why?
My assumption is a remote desktop application. The Roku is connected to a TV already and he wants his PC to show up on the screen while it is still on his lap / no cords holding him back.
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My assumption is a remote desktop application. The Roku is connected to a TV already and he wants his PC to show up on the screen while it is still on his lap / no cords holding him back.
Yes, thats what I mean. Thanks
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Ah, you want a wireless connection to your TV! Got it.

I know you can do this with an Apple TV and an ipad.... I wonder if it would work with Apple TV & a PC? Anyone ever tried that?

Also I think the Netgear NTV200S [netgear.com] will do that... but as far as I know the Roku will not support this.
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I would think it would be pretty hard to do that with adequate performance for most things (might work for a power point). Better off getting an htpc or other media player and controlling it from a device like your laptop.
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How can I display my computer screen to the TV then without hdmi?
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How can I display my computer screen to the TV then without hdmi?
So your computer doesn't have hdmi? What video outputs and how many of each does it have, dvi, display port, vga? If your computer has DVI or DisplayPort out you can get a fairly inexpensive HDMI adapters. Many TV's have VGA inputs. If you have a desktop, if needed you could upgrade your video card. As a measure of last resort, there are also devices that are basically usb video cards (their performance isn't great but they'd probably do the job).

What are the brand and model of your: computer and/or video card and your tv? What type of content are you ultimately hoping to display on the TV?
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Apple does a nice job of this, although I am not sure if it is DLNA or another protocol. Samsung's "SMART TV" applications allow samsung tablet / phones to control what gets put on your TV, if that might meet your requirements. The Samsung BluRay players also have "smart applications"
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Apple does a nice job of this, although I am not sure if it is DLNA or another protocol. Samsung's "SMART TV" applications allow samsung tablet / phones to control what gets put on your TV, if that might meet your requirements. The Samsung BluRay players also have "smart applications"

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apple tv can do this with a program called airparrot installed on your laptop. you are looking at $100 for the apple tv and $10 per computer for a licence for the software
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How can I display my computer screen to the TV then without hdmi?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiDi
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