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computer to tv hookup

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by westview, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. westview

    westview Mentor

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    My computer is hooked up to my DVR with an ethernet cable. This works great for down loading movies. I would like to hook this cable to my tv. However my tv does not have an input for ethernet. Is there some type of adapter I can get.
     
  2. jimmie57

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    Some of the newer TVs connect to the internet via wireless connection.
    My Samsung has a USB port for that. However, if I used that it has limited things it will operate from the TV.
     
  3. The Merg

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    I guess the big question is what are you trying to do with your TV? What are you trying to hook up the Ethernet cable for?

    - Merg
     
  4. westview

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    I want to watch ball games that are streamed on my tv screen
     
  5. samrs

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    Roku.

    http://www.roku.com/

    Or if your computer has the connectors and its convenient you could use it.
     
  6. lokar

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    My graphics card has an HDMI out that I use to go to my TV, I would recommend that since you can get some pretty long HDMI cord lengths although where your computer is in your house could be an issue.
     
  7. funnyfarm299

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    I don't think OP realizes ethernet is used to transmit data, not video (I'm purposely not including HDbaseT). Typically you would use DVI/HDMI to connect a TV to a PC.
     
  8. funnyfarm299

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    Longer runs can cause a whole host of issues. Max I have done is 50 feet, I would not reccomend over 40 feet (15 meter)
     
  9. wilbur_the_goose

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    Monoprice.com is your friend for great inexpensive HDMI cables of this or any length
     
  10. harperhometheater

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    HDMI and DVI-D are "data" as well.
     
  11. funnyfarm299

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    So you're telling me I can connect my DVI cable to my router?


    No? Why are you choosing to make things more complicated for OP?
     
  12. westview

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    Maybe I did not explain my situation very well. I have a wired router. It is connected to my DVR with an erthernet cable. I can download movies from Direct. I would like to connect it to my TV. However my TV does not have an erthernet input. Could I get an adapter that would work?
     
  13. peds48

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    what is the make and model of your TV? is rare that a "smart TV" does not have an ethernet port. making me believe that your TV does not have any streaming features. I have a Samsung TV that is not an "smart TV" but have a useless ethernet port (apparently for software updates) which it has not got any in almost year and a half since I bought it.
     
  14. funnyfarm299

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    You would actually be surprised at how many TVs only do wifi these days.
     
  15. funnyfarm299

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    Many devices are capable of providing "smart" features such as roku, vudu, and many blu-ray players. HOWEVER, the only way you can get directv on your TV is through a directv box OR one of the samsungs with RVU built in (but that requires a coax and HR34 [genie]).
     

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