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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-09-17, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question WD Live internet browser or

Is there a way to have the WD unit display what I am browsing on laptop which is connected to the same router as the WD live ? Or a USB adapter to copy tv display through the WD ? Or an adapter to display laptop to TV (Samsung P51E530 - non smart TV ) via its usb connection.

Intent is to push? internet TV to the Samsung if it can be done
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-09-20, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Is this too tough for the experts to figure out?
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-09-21, 10:06 AM
 
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@Davee: You didn't give much info. Which WDTV Live unit do you have? What video output does your laptop have?

There are USB to HDMI adapters available, I'm not sure how they work, though.

Miracast is coming to the WDTV Live Gen 3 Streaming Media Player in an upcoming firmware update - that would let you mirror your Android phone or tablet screen to the Samsung via the SMP.

But why not just dump the SMP altogether and get an Android TV Stick or Box? That would put the full Web and Android experience on your TV for $100 or so, and you'd have access to all the functionality of the SMP as well from the Android platform.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-09-21, 10:23 AM
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Look at the Chromecast. $35 HDMI dongle for your TV. Streams from your Chrome OS or Chrome Browser.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=178170

I expect it will be available soon.
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Thanks so far I have HDMI output on the laptop but would rather not drag it to the TV - I used to do that for netflix B4 the SMP (WDBHG70000BK-01).
I think the Chromecast in Canada is rather restricted ?
Android TV stick ?? USB into TV? I have Android phone ( HTC) but data plan for streaming ends up expensive?
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-09-21, 03:53 PM
 
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@Davee:
'Casting from your HTC to the SMP would use its WiFi, not cellular data. It does have WiFi, doesn't it?

Chromecast, if it ever becomes available in Canada, only works with Netflix and YouTube. Also Chrome from your laptop will work.

If you want info on Android sticks and boxes, here ís one place to look:

http://www.iboum.com/net-media-players.php

Besides my SMP, I have an Equiso Pro dual-core stick and a quad-core box. From my desktop Windows PC running Chrome, I can fling pages to either of them:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...iggahbdaoaabgj
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-10-29, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Have been away so did not try anything
Chrome from laptop - This requires Chromecast unit on the WD USB connection?

Last edited by Dr.Dave; 2013-10-29 at 02:04 PM. Reason: Unnecessary quote removed. Please don't quote the post above yours.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-10-29, 03:05 PM
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Not sure of your question but you can 'cast Chrome tabs and your entire desktop to a Chromecast. Chromecast is an HDMI dongle it doesn't connect via USB to your TV.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-10-29, 11:31 PM
 
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I know you mentioned pushing from your laptop, but if you have a smart phone, PlayTo might work well for you to push from the internet on the phone to the TV through WD TV Live.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-10-30, 05:45 PM
 
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Push2TV

I just stumbled on this new product line from Netgear:

http://www.netgear.com/landing/stream/tv/#push2tv

It could be a simple, cheap solution.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 2013-10-30, 06:32 PM
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More expensive than a Chromecast and not as good as it doesn't have the integration with Netflix, You Tube, Hulu, etc that Chromecast has at present with more in development
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