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    I’m trying to stream video (and audio) from an iPad model A2197 (lightning connector) to a regular TV. I bought a device which allows this: the j5create ScreenCast Wireless Display Adapter. The problem is that the ScreenCast adapter needs a wifi connection in order to connect the iPad to the TV. Doing this, however, apparently uses up the one and only wifi connection in the iPad, which means that the iPad now can’t connect to the house wifi.

    I looked for a Bluetooth-to-HDMI adapter, but I can’t find anything like that unless I am prepared to spend a huge amount of money.

    Does anyone know a way to stream an iPad wirelessly to a standard TV and be on the internet at the same time?


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    • #2564126

      So when you say “standard TV” do you mean standard of today – meaning one or more HDMI connections?

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady/Prudent patcher

    • #2564145

      I believe you may need one of these “Lightning Digital AV Adapters” – it connects to the Lightning plug, and accepts the HDMI cable that fits into your TV. I don’t believe it requires/uses wifi?


      Unless of course, you have an AirPlay compatible tv…

    • #2564146

      Does anyone know a way to stream an iPad wirelessly to a standard TV and be on the internet at the same time?

      AirPlay thru your home network will do this (I use my iPhone so I guess it will work for an iPods). Some Smart TVs come with WiFi connection for Airplay. If your TV doesn’t come with WiFi for Airplay, go to Wal-Mart and get the cheap Roku setup that plugs into the HDMI of your TV. Roku comes with WiFi for Airplay and will connect to your home network. The iPhone (iPad) will call this Screen Monitoring which after setup will display what is on the iPhone/iPad screen to the TV. Once set up, a video stream from the Internet to the iPhone/iPad can be Airplayed thru the same network to the TV and plays with audio on the TV. Tip: Make the video go to full screen before screen mirroring and it will be full screen on the TV.

      Let me know if you need help setting it up.


      HTH, Dana:))

    • #2564394

      I bought a standard Apple ‘Lightning-to-HDMI’ adapter many years ago (at ridiculous cost for what it is) to show captured photos/videos from my iPhone and iPad on smart TVs easily without having to manage wifi protocols.

      Playing around with the adapter, I found I could use VLC on the iPad (now a series 9) to connect to Windows-based DNLA servers over wifi (I’ve now standardised on Plex, even though I haven’t yet bought into its paid-for services) and serve content to my TV via the Apple hardware adapter from my iDevices. It’s not something I use regularly but it works.

      The only downside (apart from a very, very occasional stutter) has been that the back of the iPad/iPhone can get quite warm depending on the length of any movie being streamed.

      Note: I tried two much cheaper ‘lightning-to-hdmi’ third-party cables before buying the price-gouging Apple genuine articles. The former didn’t work; the latter did.

      So, to answer your question… in my experience a genuine Apple ‘lightning to hdmi’ adapter cable should work for what you want without affecting your iDevices’ wifi connectivity. AFAIK they’re completely different communication protocols. There shouldn’t be a problem.

      Hope this helps…

    • #2564402

      You can get a Roku Express (with remote) for less than $25 to connect to one of your free HDMI ports. It takes less than 5 minutes to hook it up and connect it to your home network. Once Roku is connected to your home network (the same network as the iPad) with the TV input changed to the HDMI port for the Roku, press the Screen mirroring icon in the control center of the iPad. Select the Roku and enter the code displayed on the TV. The whole process took less than 10 minutes to set up and takes less than a minute to connect once set up and is wireless. Cheap, easy to set up, quick, and streams very well. IMO an easy solution plus you get the free TV and movies that come with the Roku.
      A great way to view photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad. The panoramic shots taken by the iPhone are awesome on a 75″ screen.

      HTH, Dana:))

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