So recently got a tv and bought Screenbeam. It works well for my LG G5 but when I connect it to my Tab S it works for about 20 mins then freezes on the tablet and the tablet reboots. The only Internet I have at home is via my phone and tablet. What is the best screen mirroring device that would work with my tab S? I've checked for updates for the tablet and configured the device.
I'd say that the best way to show a phone's screen on a TV is to buy a phone that supports a video output cable. I understand that current iPhones do this via an adapter and some phones have had micro-HDMI jacks on the side of the phone.
I have honestly found the best luck using a Chromecast. I can send video to my TV from my Chrome desktop browser and my LG G4 and can also mirror the screen to the TV from my phone no issues. Most all apps have a "cast" button and most Android phones (newer, mid-upper level) have an option to cast or mirror from the share and connect settings screen.
I second the casting idea.
In my world, I have Rokus that have apps with an acceptable interface to watch things as long as it's in the "suggested" section. Searching [especially Youtube] is a PITA.
So, I cast from Youtube on my phone to the TV. It's pretty sweet. Even do it with music (Subsonic's smartphone app is billions of times better than the Roku app).
Although, rereading your post, it sounds to me that you probably don't have WiFi set up at home since you're saying the only internet is on your phone and tablet [I'm assuming data plans]. At that point, you need something that supports the HDMI option that drnewcomb2 talks about.
I'm wondering if you can do tethering and casting together. Set your phone (or tablet) up as a mobile hotspot and have your TV connect to it and cast that way. If this is something you really want to know, I can try it when I get home tonight [if asked], or if one of the other folks in the forum knows, I'm sure they'd answer.
Correct I only have a data plan via tmoblie and no home internet. If I tether would that take up more data than mirroring?
Probably not. You'd just be accomplishing the same thing by different means.
Darn -- casting while being WiFi Hotspot doesn't work. I tested my phone being a hotspot and connected my Roku to it. Cast wasn't an option.
Does Roku support screen mirroring?
I don't know if it supports mirroring.
I only tried casting.
I don't know anything about mirroring.
Casting, at least with a Chromecast, takes the direction from the phone and finds the stream online, such as Netflix or Hulu, etc... It's pretty much a hand-off from the phone to the CC using apps rather than just the phone itself. Mirroring maintains a constant phone connection over wifi with Android Beam and WiFi Direct to show on the TV exactly what is on the phone screen. That's a rough explanation from what I can tell.
To my knowledge, Roku only does casting. :/
The only true screenshare I know is hardware oriented like drnewcomb mentioned. :
So I went with Chromecast. I can "cast" netflix but also because i have android devices I can mirror the screen. It has worked well for the proposes that I need. Thank you for the suggestions everyone
Glad you found an option that works!
Excellent. Keeping things in the Google ecosystem usually helps all Android/Google devices to communicate well.
The whole ecosystem thing is pretty awesome. I did a road trip recently and we had a rental that had Car Play, the person I was in the car with had an Apple device and it just synced beautifully. The whole eco system worked together and was pretty lovely, and it did the same for my android.
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