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December 27, 2021
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LuVerne Underhill
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I would appreciate help on choosing an HDMI for connecting with my PIXEL to the TV.  I want to get a good one.  I will be on the ship and would like to see the photos in my stateroom.

Thanks, LuVerne

December 27, 2021
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LuVerne,

I cannot connect my Pixel 4XL to a TV using a cable. I know of no Pixel that does connect via cable.

There is a possible solution recommended by another member.

ScreenBeam Mini2

Here is the link to Amazon. I will order one and check it out myself.

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December 29, 2021
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Jim, I bought Screen/Beam Mini2 and have been to connect to a TV with the cable.  I don’t see how to connect wirelessly.  If you are able to connect wirelessly would you please let me know what I am missing.

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LuVerne

December 29, 2021
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Hey Luverne,

I have a feeling you missed Jim’s response via email. He got the ScreenBeam and tried it with the Pixel – it doesn’t work. It works great with my Samsung, but not the Pixel. 🙁

He found a workaround using a computer. It’s still not great because it doesn’t “mirror” what’s on your phone, it just allows you to access photos.

He did get the laptop to connect to the TV via the screenbeam, and then if you connect the Pixel to the laptop and display photos, then the photos show up on the TV

  1. Phone connects to laptop (either with cable or with the Your Phone app)
  2. Laptop connects to TV wirelessly using the ScreenBeam.
    Plug the ScreenBeam into the TV’s HDMI and into power. (p.1 of the ScreenBeam installation guide)
    Open the laptop’s notification center and connect to ScreenBeam/ActionTec (p. 2 of the installation guide)
  3. Now, you can use the computer to access photos on your phone. When you see them on the laptop’s screen, you’ll see them on the TV screen

Not very elegant, but if you really want to show photos from the phone on the TV, it can be done. 

The ScreenBean mini-2 works like a ChromeCast but it doesn’t need internet. It uses the Miracast technology from Microsoft. 

If you need more help, give the word and we can set up a Zoom call.

December 30, 2021
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I’ll work on that.  I’m not really concerned about the phone showing on the TV.  I was only able to use the USB to connect to my SurfacePro 7.  The photos can easily be used from Google Photos, as I have unlimited wifi on the cruises.  I’ll see if I cannot get the wireless connection. 

Thanks,

LuVerne

December 30, 2021
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OK, connecting wirelessly from the computer to the ScreenBeam should work just fine. I went over all the steps with a fine-tooth-comb.

  1. Connect the ScreenBeam mini-2 to the TV’s HDMI, and plug it into power via the USB-power cable provided with the ScreenBeam
  2. Set the TV to HDMI-1 (or whatever HDMI you plugged it into) Your TV should now be showing a screen that says “Ready to Connect” and at the bottom left you’ll see “Receiver name: SBWD 43CE87” (or something similar) That is the name of the display that you will use in the next step.
  3. On your computer use the keyboard shortcut Windows key-K. That should pop up a dialog box at the lower right to “cast” your screen to available displays. Choose the ScreenBeam/ActionTec display (SBWD xxxxxx) Once you’ve chosen that, you should be seeing your computer’s screen on the TV
  4. If you’re not seeing the same screen on the TV, you may need to change the “Projection Mode” to Duplicate rather than Extend.

You may see the term “Miracast” at certain points. That is the Microsoft wireless display technology that is being used here.

You may also see “ActionTec” – that is the manufacturer of the StreamBeam

 

Hope that helps!

December 30, 2021
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I didn’t try plugging into power, just to the USB on the SurfacePro, I ‘ll try that, thanks a lot.  I’ll let you know when i get it working. 

We had Gary’s Celebration of Life almost two weeks ago, and probably the worst period of time I had was making a PowerPoint video of his life.  64 years of marriage and our exciting travel were difficult to put into a video.  I am very fortunate to have had the experiences that our years with FMCA, you and Jim teaching old fogies and keeping on using these skills.  

LuVerne

December 30, 2021
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Got it, really appreciate the concise instructions, I missed the point about plugging into power and when I used your helpful teaching I am now able to connect wirelessly,

LuVerne

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