Last weekend my Son and Daughter-in-law stopped by to enjoy with me an afternoon meal at Applebee’s restaurant. I had recently received a gift card from one of the stores I would no longer be delivering to and I had asked Dave and Lisa if they would share the gift card with me. We enjoyed a good meal with plenty to eat, but the appetizer platter Dave ordered left us too full to finish most of our main meal.
Afterwards, we sat around the living room talking, and I mentioned to Dave that it would be nice if I could stream some shows from my computer to the TV. I couldn’t justify spending $80/mo. to hook up cable when there is almost nothing on that I want to watch. With more and more free programs and movies available online, I was wondering if he knew of a way I could hook the computer to the television. We checked the connections and discovered that because of the television age and my base model laptop, no cable would connect them. Dave picked up his iPhone and after a couple of minutes of research told me he had an idea.
First, he installed PlayOn on my computer, a media app that is used to transmit shows from various venders over wireless connections to gaming consoles. Next, he configured the kids Wii to find the wireless signal and connect to the Internet. After a few minutes of experimenting with different settings he had it all up and working. Apparently, the signal comes from the wireless router (not even in my house) to my computer, then back to the router, then back to the Wii, then to the TV! It all boggles my mind.