Stream my screen to my Internet / DLNA enabled Sony LCD TV
Posted on 2011-03-20
I have a DLNA enabled 40" Sony EX621 in my office. I have it connected to the net via my wired LAN and its internet features work as expected. I can also use the "Play To" feature of Win 7's Windows Media Player to play stuff on the TV from any Win 7 PC on my LAN. "Play To" sees the Sony as a compatible DLNA player and so uses the DLNA protocol to stream the media to the TV. There's also a Rogers cable HD PVR set top box (SA8300HD) so we can watch cable TV.
I also have a networked Win 7 x64 Ultimate Laptop with a 1920 x 1080 LCD on a cart next to the TV and have connected the Laptop VGA out to the TV's PC Input (audio too) and it works like a charm! The Laptop also has an HDMI out but I haven't tried that due to the lack of a cable. We use the laptop to stream Netflix and display it on the TV as well as to demonstrate various pieces of software.
So far I'm batting 1000.
I have the following question:
How do I stream the contents of my desktop PC's screen to the TV using the network and DLNA? I want to be able to do this from any Win 7 PC on my LAN and do not want to use VGA or HDMI cables (that is so yesterday!). I want to go strictly via the network.
Why I want to do this:
My office has 3 separate workstations. The TV is on all of the time as we work developing shitty software and is playing whatever's worth watching on cable at any time. It would be great if any one of us could display their PC's screen on the TV so we needn't move from our desks to see their screen when they wanted to demonstrate a problem they were having or more importantly, show us a really good YouTube or website.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!