| "First things first"
Will My Computer or Laptop be able to carry out the task of streaming online content
Do I have the right internet connection see video below
"What is the right broadband speed for watching online content"
Watch this useful video from Spark that will assist you with your decision
If you do not already have broadband or are not sure if your current connection is suitable.
We have posted this video to assist with your decision. NOTE: A fibre connection is not essential ADSL and definitely VDSL will do the job.
|Following these easy steps should get you up and running within an hour or so with perhaps a visit to your local Electronic or Computer Store to purchase the necessary components to complete your required hookup.
"Don't let anyone tell you that it is a five minute job and the price of the service will be the only cost you will incur"
There are a number of peripheral items required to achieve the ultimate result of watching live streaming sport on your television set.
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This link "Kaspersky" will assist you with the checking of your computer/laptops operating system to compare with the requirements below, you may want to take a pen and paper to write down the information from your computer so you can discuss it with your computer store or knowledgeable friend.
Most Windows based PC's or Laptops will have a System area that will detail what the specifications of your device are "consult your PC or Laptop, System Area"
Essential for good performance would be at least 2GB of RAM (RAM handles the running of all of the programs on your PC at any one time, more RAM more efficient PC operation, quality video and gaming will require more of your RAM) if buying new for top performance 4GB or more would be recommended.
Once you are confident your Computer or Laptop is up to the task if you do not already have an internet connection you should shop around for the best option, your home phone provider should be able to give you a price that includes your home phone and internet connection
The combination of phone and internet is now a competitive market so definitely get a couple of quotes
Your internet connection should preferably be of the high speed variety VDSL or Fibre are ideal however the most common service ADSL should give you an adequate result
With your internet connection a modem will have been supplied to allow you to connect to the providers service, if not you have signed up with the wrong company as most if not all will provide the modem as part of their package
You can also connect via wireless to the internet from your Laptop, IPad, Tablet or Smart Phone most providers now supply a wireless router type modem with your account sign up
If your existing modem is of an older type and has no wireless capability you can purchase a wireless router from your electronics or computer store for a relatively small sum, ensure that the wireless unit is capable of transmitting video at a better than good rate, your store assistant should be familiar with what is going to be best for this purpose
Instructions on how to set up your new modem or wireless device should be supplied with the device or you can generally get phone support by contacting the providers helpline
NOTE: When you have set up your internet service and are successfully connected your computer or laptop you should run a speed test to ensure that your computer or laptop is going to be to the task of streaming a good quality video picture.
A suitable site for doing this is Speedtest.netI have carried out a test from my VDSL router service and obtained a speed of 65.53Mbps from my nearest server "thank you Mr Spark"
A website worth a visit that will assist you in understanding all of the above in simple terms is GEEK SQUAD yes you heard it right, this site also has a lot of other often useful information regarding electronic confusion.
If your PC, Laptop or other device does not achieve the required speed you may want to have an upgrade appraisal done by an approved computer technician
if you looking to purchase a new TV this is an ideal time to purchase a TV that has built in internet web browser capabilities. "If it is in your price range"
Connecting your TV to your Computer
Both your computer and TV will need to have VGA capability, firstly check to see if you PC has a 15 pin VGA output and your TV has the same VGA input, if not this option is not for you
Here is a useful YouTube video for carrying out the above connection method
NOTE: Check to see if your TV has an HDMI input capability "see image below of what an HDMI connection looks like"
Check to see if your computer has an HDMI connection if not you will need to purchase a suitable USB to HDMI Converter "ensure that the device supports a good quality video"
Connect TV to Laptop using the VGA connections
The convenience of this install is twofold, one that the laptop can be taken to any TV in your home and the cable from the laptop to the TV need not be as long as that required for PC connections
Connect the HDMI cable to your laptop and TV, ensure your laptop is running and the TV is on and take a deep breath.
You will now need to know a little about finding the correct TV input on your remote and passing the laptop signal to the TV.
On your remote there will be a menu option and in this menu you will need to find the correct "Input Option"
Depending on the age of your TV you may have a choice of two HDMI inputs or perhaps just one, you will need to select the one corresponding to the input you have plugged your cable into
if you have any issue with this or after this process again we recommend you consult a knowledgeable friend for further help
YouTube video to explain how to connect with this method
Regretfully there are not too many devices available for connecting your Laptop to your TV via a wireless connection and those that do we have found can have issues with connectivity.
Those that are available will require your TV to have an HDMI input connection
Your Apple TV connects directly to your TV set via an HDMI cable, if your TV does not support HDMI you will need to purchase an adapter for any VGA input your television may have.
If you already have Chrome installed you may like to update to the latest version here and when you have completed either of these tasks you can download the Google Cast extension
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