View Full Version : Trying to figure how to use my TV as a 2nd monitor, wirelessly if possible...

Jul 16, 2010, 12:30 PM
For past year I've had my desktop Intel iMac and my TV side by side, but now I want to move my computer to my office and I'm trying to figure out he best way that I could still view content from my computer (streamed tv shows, movies, YouTube) from the comfort of my living room on my Samsung flatscreen... :cool:

I was considering AppleTV until I looked into it and realized it only mostly accesses iTunes or FrontRow, so I'm trying to figure a plan B that doesn't use cables if possible.
A preliminary web search yielded some wireless solutions such as http://www.ramelectronics.net/audiovideo/htpc-media-pc-mac/pc-mac-tv-connectivity/gwb-4000/prodGWB4000.html and http://www.amazon.com/Warpia-Wireless-Projector-Display-Converter/dp/B002XISRJS/ref=pd_cp_e_0 but neither of these solutions seem that Mac friendly and I'm starting to feel like I'm going round in circles.

Have any of you a similar setup as I'm looking for?
I'd love to hear any and all ideas or solutions!
Many thanks

Jul 16, 2010, 12:38 PM
The AppleTV has 802.11n and local storage 40-160Gb *can be upgraded unofficially to 320Gb

You can either run a nearby computer running iTunes with a massive HD and it will automatically be added / removed from the ATV my movies selection.
Hack the ATV to use a shared NAS or USB drive.
A MacMini (Frontrow)

Jul 16, 2010, 03:22 PM
Bite the bullet, buy a mac mini use it in your living room and move everything from your iMac to the mini. It will cost more, but it will save you LOTS of headaches.

A wireless HDMI + optical solution will cost you roughly 300 dollars, and at that point you are half way there to a computer that will do all that and more and NOT be in another room other than the one your TV is in.