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How to Setup Tablet For Projectors?

How to Setup Tablet For Projectors?

December 04, 2020

Personal tablets are one of the most versatile and useful devices that can be found in today’s market. They excel in almost every context, like academic, office, leisure, or entertainment. Today’s tablets are powerful enough to be considered standalone computers that remain accessible and portable for everyday use.

A tablet’s usability is heightened by its amazing synergy with other devices, especially projectors. In this article, we will answer the question - What is the best tablet setup for projectors? We’ll also explain the different ways that you can connect your tablet to your projector, and what to do when your setup is not working correctly.

Why You Need to Effectively Setup Tablets for Projectors?

What makes tablets work so well in conjunction with projectors is their portability. For the office and academic environments, portability enables carrying tablet’s tools, information, and media to any presentation, class, or meeting - all settings where projectors might be used.

In the home environment, tablets have begun quickly replacing computers as home entertainment devices. With their large-high-quality screens, intuitive operating systems, and high storage capacity, tablets allow the average user to enjoy a high-quality entertainment experience in a portable setting.

Once projectors are introduced, the tablet can be used to transform any projector setup into an exceptional movie theatre, or gaming room. All that is needed is an effective tablet + projector setup, which leads us to our next point.

How to Connect a Tablet to a Projector?

There are many ways that you can connect your tablet to your projector, and every approach has its advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the most efficient ways that you can use to enjoy your projector and tablet setup.

1. Screen Mirroring via Apps

Screen mirroring is one of the best ways to interface your tablet and projector. It works by allowing your tablet to stream its screen into the projected image of your projector via screen mirroring apps. In order to setup screen mirroring between your projector and tablet you will need to:

  • Connect your tablet and projector to the same internet network.
  • Download a screen mirroring app on both your tablet and projector (e.g. Amazon Prime Video, Youtube, Screen Mirroring).
  • Open the Screen Mirroring app on both the projector and tablet.
  • Follow Screen Mirroring instructions according to the app (This is usually a symbol that means screen mirroring).

2. Connect via HDMI Using Accessories

If you don’t want to connect your tablet and projector through internet, you can connect them with physical HDMI accessory. Most tablets don’t have an HDMI port included, so you will need to purchase a USB to HDMI converter for this to work.

Connect your tablet to your projector by using an HDMI cable plus accessory. You can follow a few simple steps to get a wired, but reliable tablet + projector setup.

 

  • Check the type of USB used by your tablet (most use 2.0 or above).
  • Acquire a USB to HDMI converter.
  • Plugin the USB cable from the tablet to the converter.
  • Plugin the HDMI cable from the converter to the projector.
  • Search for the screen sharing/screen mirroring option in your projector.
  • Search for the screen sharing/mirroring option on your tablet.
  • Enable screen sharing.

3. Use an External Storage Solution

Another highly effective solution is to stream your media by connecting your tablet and projector directly via USB. These works by essentially turning your tablet into an external storage device that you use to transfer your media files between the tablet’s and projector’s Operating System.

Using external storage to interface your tablet and projector can be tricky if the necessary compatibility is not right, that is why we recommend checking the compatibility between projector and tablet with a few simple steps:

  • Establish the type of USB your tablet and projector use.
  • If USB type is compatible between devices - connect them.
  • Check the projector Operating System to see the plugged device.
  • Enable the file transferring mode with your tablet.
  • Select the files you want.

Best Way To Set Up a Tablet And Projector

1. Check Tablet & Projector Compatibility

First and foremost, we highly recommend that you check the compatibility between your tablet and projector, this will help you establish what type of connection method you should be using. To establish compatibility you will need to compare hardware specifications, in order to obtain them we suggest you:

  • Search the projector & tablet model online.
  • Look for the tablet & projector user manual.
  • Compare specs and determine compatibility.

2. Choose a Connection Method

Now it’s time to use what you have learned about your tablet and projector in terms of compatibility. If you are using a projector that does not have an Operating System to support apps, you should look towards an HDMI converter method. On the other hand, if your projector does support apps, you can download any screen mirroring apps - this means no more cables around the house.

On the off chance that you need to stream your media via storage, if the projector supports it, simply use your tablet as a file transfer device. When connection method has been decided, you can proceed to the next step.

3. Test Your Results

Once a connection method has been applied, you can proceed to test your results. Your setup should be up and running, and you can begin to enjoy the benefits of using such a portable setup. To test your results, all you need to do is start using your tablet and projector setup - movies, PowerPoint presentations, games, and videos are great uses for this setup.

What to Do When Your Tablet And Projector Setup Doesn’t Work?

Regardless of the method, you choose for the tablet and projector setup, some issues can present themselves. The most important thing is to keep a cool head and double-check most of the setup. Just in case, we have compiled a list of some of the most common issues and fixes that a tablet and projector setup might experience.

1. Double-check Your Internet Connection

When basing our setup on the reliable function of our home internet connection, it is inevitable that at some point we run into some issues. This can be observed when choosing to connect the tablet with the projector using screen mirroring apps. The issue might present itself as lag, freezing frames, or a black/connection lost screen.

The best way to deal with this issue is to double-check your internet connection. Some steps to follow that can help you re-establish a reliable internet connection in both devices of your setup are:

  • Turn the power off and then on in your internet router.
  • Wait for the internet/WiFi connection to re-establish itself.
  • Access the projector settings and re-connect it to the internet.
  • Access the tablet’s settings and re-connect it to the internet.
  • Re-connect the tablet and projector using your preferred screen mirroring app.
  • Test your results.

If this soft reset is not enough to fix the internet connectivity issues, you might want to consider calling your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and request a technical evaluation of your internet setup.

2. Double-check the HDMI And USB Cables

If you are connecting your tablet and projector via HDMI converter and you find something is wrong. It’s time to check your HDMI setup. HDMI and USB cables are known to be flimsy if they are cheap, and even the good ones can break easily if they are mishandled often. We recommend that you always gently treat your cables to extend their life.

Before following the steps that might help troubleshoot this problem always start with checking if the HDMI or USB cables are the actual sources of the issue.

  • Plug the HDMI cable in a different setup to gauge if the cable is the problem.
  • Check the HDMI port in the projector to see if it’s blocked by foreign debris.
  • Check the HDMI port of the converter for debris.
  • Test your USB cable in a different setup.
  • Acquire a new HDMI, USB, or HDMI converter.

3. Check for Overheating

One of the most common sources of problems with any projector setup is overheating. You might know that both your tablet or projector is overheating if the performance of either device begins to fall or fail outright. Some steps to follow when fixing an overheated projector and tablet are:

  • Place the projector in a more aerated location.
  • Don’t place the tablet flat on a soft surface (e.g. couch, bed, pillow).
  • Check the projector’s fan intakes for dust or debris.
  • Clean the projector’s fan intakes if they are blocked by dust or debris.
  • Turn off the tablet and projector when not in use.

4. Contact Customer Support

If you fail to fix any of the issues that you are experiencing, it might be a good time to call customer support. Most tablet and projector manufacturers and sellers offer professional customer support. Remember to get your guarantee ready if you think you need a replacement or some component changes with either device.

Conclusion

Now that you know what is the best tablet setup for projectors, you should be fully equipped with the knowledge to create an amazing setup. We looked at the different connection methods that you can use to interface a tablet with a projector, including screen mirroring, HDMI converters, and file transfer storage. We also looked at some troubleshooting tips that can help you fix any issue regarding your projector and tablet setup.



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