How to mirror computor to TV

I have a HP ENVY laptop and a Samsung TV (late model).  They are both part of my home network connected via WiFi.  What is the easiest way to mirror what's on my laptop to the TV wireless.
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Simplest way is via a device called Chromecast...  Retail is $35, but available on sale for about $20...

It plugs in to an open HDMI port on your TV, and connects to your WiFi...

Also gives many options to stream from the laptop and/or most smartphones...

For more info on Chromecast, see:
RayData AnalystCommented:
Easy is very open to interpretation . . .

If your Samsung TV supports "miracast" or one of the other names it has then you can show anything that can be seen in your browser to it via Google Chrome.

Other wise you can get very murky on this path.  HDMI cables, wireless HDMI, etc.  There are many ways depending on specific equipment and your specific needs/wants.

Here's an example, via an android device, directly from Samsung's site. (Chrome web browser has a plug in for screen casting from PC)
Many smart TVs have Miracast functionality built-in, so if you have this TV then you need no Miscast unit such as Chromecast.
Miracast can work great depending on the adapter.
Most Miracast receivers range from terrible to passable, but the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter actually works the way it's supposed to.
Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter:

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camtzAuthor Commented:
Michael, appreciate the input but after checking it out, I find that this only works with Windows 8 and I have Windows 7 plus, it does not work with the Apple products such as iPad.  I would like to find something that will work with both platforms so that I don't have to buy two devices.
RayData AnalystCommented:
Currently apple TV is what works with iOS devices, even that is somewhat limited.  

To be fair to Michael, your question did specify from a HP ENVY Laptop.
camtzAuthor Commented:
So at this point, I still don't know what to do.  I can't use the Google Chromecast because I have Windows 7 and I can't use Lighthing Digital AV adapter because I don't have an Apple TV.  I wish there were a single adapter I could plug in to my TV and would pick up both Windows and Apple products but it sounds like that is not available.  Do I have it right?
camtzAuthor Commented:
Can someone tell me where I can look in settings on my iPad to see if there is a listing for Screen Mirroring?  The TV says that if the device does not have that, it won't work.  Thanks
You wont see the Air Play icon on your iPad until your connected to an AirPlay device connected to the correct Wi-Fi network .
Also your router's firewalls may be blocking the apple ports.
Read more on this:

The cheapest way to mirror your iPad to a non Apple TV is to use an Apple Digital AV Adapter

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camtzAuthor Commented:
This should work but it is hard wired as apposed to wireless which is what I wanted.  Many thanks
Glad to help.
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