Depending on the type of technology at your disposal, you may be able to choose from several methods to view Activity Connection content on a remote display, television, or large screen using a projector.
Most Convenient: Use Google Chrome and Chromecast to cast a file to an external display, like a Smart TV
Many of our members use Google's Chrome browser to not only access the site and browse monthly content, but also to 'cast' Activity Connection content to a Smart TV (with Chromecast built-in). You can also cast to older televisions that have a Chromecast device attached, configured, and discoverable. We've organized a few resources to get you started:
Note: Please have your Smart TV, or television with Chromecast device powered on and configured prior to beginning to 'Cast'.
Note: Distance matters. Your laptop and Smart TV must be located within 30 feet of each other with a clear line of sight, 15 feet is recommended to ensure high-quality casting. Your WiFi network performance and the age of your Smart TV and Google Chromecast device may also affect these results.
Note: If your Smart TV is not discovered, please see Google's support documentation for more detailed help setting up your Chromecast device or Chromecast network.
The truth is, wireless technologies still struggle at times for various reasons. The most reliable method to connect a device to an external display remains using video cables and potentially an adapter for special circumstances, depending on the hardware. The type of cable (or adapter) required will depend on which connections your computer or tablet has, and also which connections your television or projector have available. To help, we have provided a list of many common video cables and interfaces, below:
Note: If our list isn't enough, please explore this comprehensive resource.
Some of the most common video cables, interfaces, and adapters used today include (image shown below):
Additional suggestions for video cable-based connections:
Microsoft Windows and Mac OS each provide proprietary technologies to broadcast computer screens, applications, and files to remote displays. These methods can be helpful to support scenarios where you do not have Google Chromecast and a cabled connection won't do the trick. We invite you to learn more about these methods from each provider.