Best way to mirror Air2 onto TV (without airplay)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kaydot, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. kaydot macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2011

    I'm in a household with an iPad Air2 and an HDMI-capable TV. I want to watch the olympics that I'm able to stream to my Air2 apps on the TV. I don't have an appleTV.

    What are the best ways to mirror my Air2 onto my TV? I looked at the lightning-to-HDMI adapter on the apple store, but it has beyond horrible reviews:

    I also have an old 30-pin HDMI adapter for my old iPad3. Would a lightning-to-30pin adapter work to make use of the older cable?
  2. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I had a similar desire with the NHL playoffs recently and I did use the lightning to HDMI adapter. It wasnt great(image quality wasnt top tier) but it worked flawlessly and was good enough to satisfy my craving for the NHL playoffs.

    Honestly, there arent that many other options other as far as I know.
  3. kaydot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2011
    Ok thanks. Apparently for the cost of that adapter, I can get a used AppleTV from BestBuy:

    I assume that the AppleTV would have airplay?
  4. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
  5. kaydot thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2011
    After an afternoon of research and Oh-duh moments, it turns out the NBC Sports Olympics app is supposed to be Chromecast compatible. So I will try out Chromecast. Hopefully the iPad and chromecast get along well enough.

    Failing that, the AppleTV forum confirmed that an AppleTV2 should work with Airplay, if it comes to that.
  6. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I've got 3 of these adapters and never had an issue with any of them - I use them on my iPhone, iPad Pro and iPad without any issue at all - watching movies, doing presentations, etc: I have an Apple TV but find these are more reliable than AirPlay
  7. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    Apple TV 2 works over Wifi. Apple TV3 lets you airplay without the need for a dedicated wifi signal, which should in theory result in smoother airplay quality since it cuts out your router as the middleman, but for home viewing, there should be little difference. It's really more for use in schools and offices where enterprise networks may block airplay mirroring capabilities.
  8. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel

    I've used the Lightning to hdmi with my Air 1 for two years, with no problems whatsoever. Maybe the newer ones are different?
  9. svendobbelaere macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
    I would get a refurbished Apple TV3 straight from Apple for 59 dollars:

    Personally, I have both an Apple TV3 and the Lightning to HDMI adapter, and both work great (iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPhone 6+). Value for money the refurb Apple TV3 is way better value at 59 than the cable is at 49.

    Alternatively, get a refurbished Apple TV 4 for 129 and run the NBC live app on the apple tv. Which gives the bonus of keeping the iPad free for other use (like a second stream ;)).

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