Can I use "Homegroup"?

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  1.    24 Apr 2018 #11

    Bree said: View Post
    Direct connection works for things like some printers, and I understand the Miracast uses a direct connection, but both your PC and TV have to support Miracast. For 'Cast to' you need a network.
    I guess what confuses me is how my computer could detect my TV, and it even showed up on the list when I clicked on Cast To, and the homegroup showed a connection between my laptop and TV, but yet I still need a "network". Isn't the connection between the laptop and TV considered to be a network? Or is "network" meant to be an internet connection?
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       25 Apr 2018 #12

    The names may have you confused you, did me at first.

    Only recent Laptops and TVs are going to be Miracast compatible. Neither my laptop or TV are, they are about 4 years old.

    What Cast to.... with a Media file means is a Media server is being used, probably Windows Media Player.
    The Cast to...function is as a Media Server and display device i.e. the TV. Elsewhere on your network.
    You have to go to your TV Menu to Networks and browse to the Folders on your Laptop which contain those Media files.

    WiFi Direct is 'network' of sorts, has less options, on mine you cannot browse the Laptop media files from the TV you have play a Media file selected on the Laptop for a Cast to...and that is what it does, again clearly using WMP as a Media server.

    On my TV in networks "Standby for WiFi Direct" > On. Then on the Laptop select and Cast to...TV.

    The TV has to be registered to the Laptop, on mine I used the PIN method the PIN number generated by the TV has to be entered on the Laptop in the Cast to.. Process when it asks.
    A lot of fiddling about for such a limited use.
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  3.    25 Apr 2018 #13

    Helmut said: View Post
    The names may have you confused you, did me at first.

    Only recent Laptops and TVs are going to be Miracast compatible. Neither my laptop or TV are, they are about 4 years old.

    What Cast to.... with a Media file means is a Media server is being used, probably Windows Media Player.
    The Cast to...function is as a Media Server and display device i.e. the TV. Elsewhere on your network.
    You have to go to your TV Menu to Networks and browse to the Folders on your Laptop which contain those Media files.

    WiFi Direct is 'network' of sorts, has less options, on mine you cannot browse the Laptop media files from the TV you have play a Media file selected on the Laptop for a Cast to...and that is what it does, again clearly using WMP as a Media server.

    On my TV in networks "Standby for WiFi Direct" > On. Then on the Laptop select and Cast to...TV.

    The TV has to be registered to the Laptop, on mine I used the PIN method the PIN number generated by the TV has to be entered on the Laptop in the Cast to.. Process when it asks.

    A lot of fiddling about for such a limited use.
    When I created a Homegroup, it gave me a password. I tried entering that in the TV, but it never got accepted. On my laptop, I wasn't given an opportunity to do any registering on it of my TV. When I clicked "Cast to" on a file in my laptop and then selected my TV when it came up on the list, the file simply started playing on my laptop as if I had simply clicked on it, although it took about 10 seconds to get started.
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       27 Apr 2018 #14

    Samuria said: View Post
    The first thing is forget home group as the next update removes it from Windows so you won't be able to use it
    Curious...what is the Microsoft Knowledge Base number for that update?
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       27 Apr 2018 #15

    Wyatt said: View Post
    Curious...what is the Microsoft Knowledge Base number for that update?
    It's not an update with a KB number. It's the 'Features Update to Windows 10, version 1803', the version formerly known as 'Spring Creators Update'.

    Windows 10 April 2018 Update will be available Monday, April 30

    A note about HomeGroup: Easily connecting to and sharing the important pieces of your digital life with those who matter most has never been easier with todayís Modern PCs and the cloud. Whether itís connecting PCs and printers on your home network via the Share functionality in Windows or using OneDrive to share a photo album of your last vacation, Windows 10 makes connecting multiple devices and sharing content streamlined and simple. And itís because of that evolution that with todayís build youíll start to see us retire the HomeGroup service. HomeGroup was terrific for the pre-cloud and pre-mobile era, but today this functionality is built right into Windows 10 and apps. Starting with this build, the HomeGroup service is no longer operational in Windows 10...
    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 17063 for PC
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  6.    27 Apr 2018 #16

    Bree said: View Post
    It's not an update with a KB number. It's the 'Features Update to Windows 10, version 1803', the version formerly known as 'Spring Creators Update'.

    Windows 10 April 2018 Update will be available Monday, April 30

    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast+Skip Build 17063 for PC
    Interesting that what you quoted about homegroup mentions connecting PC's and printers, but never says anything about TVs, even though smart TV's are so common now. Maybe it's not meant to be used with them.
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  7.    27 Apr 2018 #17

    Thats weird. Windows won't let me create a Homegroup now and i'm on v1709 latest build. It says "Windows can't create a Homegroup on this PC"
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