Tech is great but the exploding number of different devices and the things you can do with then can be confusing, and that’s an understatement.

In a bid to cut through the confusion we’re going to take you through a number of different, but fairly commonplace technologies that you may find useful.

We’re starting with mirroring your smart phone or tablet onto your TV. This simply means transferring the videos, films and so on that you view on your mobile onto your TV screen.

Let face it, as great as mobile technology is nothing beats a big screen. And there are a number of ways you can do this.

If you’re using a streaming stick the chances are that have already mirrored your devices. If not, read on.

Apple TV

Apple TV is a set-top box streaming device.  It provides a wide selection of apps, an intuitive touch remote and direct access to iTunes.
It has a feature called Airplay which allows you to mirror video, audio, and any other content wirelessly from your iOS device to any TV display with an HDMI input.
You do this by swiping up from the bottom of the Apple iPhone screen and clicking the Airplay symbol in the quick menu. This looks like a square with a triangle through it.

Roku

Roku provides a bewildering array of streaming devices. Its newest versions now provide mirroring functionality for Android and Windows devices.
The mirroring service is available for Android devices running 4.2 or higher and Windows devices running 8.1 or higher.
Your smartphone or tablet must support mirroring though that said most do.
  • Android: For Android devices there are a confusing number of terms for mirroring. These include Smart View, Quick Connect, SmartShare, AllShare Cast, Wireless Display, HTC Connect, Screen Casting, and Cast.
Once you’ve identified the correct terminology, you can usually enable mirroring from the settings menu under ‘network or display’ headings.
Windows 8.1 and higher: If you’ve got a Windows 8.1 or higher device check this page for mirroring instructions. It’s simpler than us explaining to you. 
For Windows 10 devices:
  • Open the Action Center
  • Select Project
  • Connect to a wireless display
  • Select the Roku device on your network

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV’s latest incarnation, the Fire TV Cube, provides the ability to control most of your home theatre tech with only your voice.
Andy user with a compatible device can use it. Enabled devices include Android devices running 4.2 or higher, Amazon’s Fire HDX tablets,
To enable mirroring, go to:
  • Settings
  • Display & Sounds
  • Enable Display Mirroring
  • Then connect your desired device from your Android phone or tablet.

Dongles

  • Chromecast: Chromecast has become the go-to device for affordable wireless streaming. 
For those with 4K UHD TVs, Chromecast Ultra offers 4K streaming in small form factor.A 4K TV provides Ultra High Definition provides eight million pixels to deliver detail, depth and vibrant colour. 
Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra also feature near latency-free mirroring of anything on an Android smartphone or tablet, including games, photos, video, and more. 
Chromecast can also mirror anything from a Mac or PC’s Chrome browser by simply clicking the Cast button in the corner of your browser. 
Chromecast mirroring doesn’t support iOS content loaded on your device, but it can be used to stream content from apps such as YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and more. 
  • Miracast: Third-party Miracast devices from lesser-known companies are available for Android. 
Miracast is a Wi-Fi certified high-definition wireless protocol. It does not require a Wi-Fi network. Instead, it sets up its own private streaming network. 
It is extremely versatile and offers a host of mirroring capabilities. While it works with Android devices, it is also useful for mirroring PCs.