Connect iPhone to TV and stream with unlimited data

Connect iPhone to TV and stream with unlimited data

So you have a cellphone with unlimited
data and you have a big-screen TV. All you want to do is connect the two
together but I’m convinced that the TV networks, cable internet providers and
the cell carriers are all conspiring to make this not work for you the way you
want it to but I’ve come up with a solution and it’s really simple. So first let me describe the equipment
that I have trying to make this work – I have T-Mobile cell service with
unlimited data. The key thing to note is that that cell service does not allow
unlimited data if you’re sharing a hotspot. Second thing I have is a Vizio
60-inch high-def TV with Smartcast capability. I also have an Apple TV,
fourth gen and what I’m trying to do is connect to Netflix, YouTube TV, or DirecTV Now or any of the other TV streaming services in order to watch TV with no
expense on the data usage through my cell phone. And in case I need it to make
it work I’ve got a Netgear router a WGR614 version 6 to allow me to set up
wireless connectivity internal on a network. So you’d think with all of these
pieces of equipment or even something else I might need to purchase I could
come up with a way to make this work. Let me show you some of the challenges that
I went through to try to find the right solution that would make this work. The
first obvious solution that I thought would work was to use Vizio Smartcast. The reason why is because I have a Vizio TV. It comes with the Smartcast app and the
app allows a mobile device to communicate with the TV and cast the
screen as well as running as a remote and other functions. In order to run
Smartcast you have to do two things. The first is to go to the input menu on the
TV and set it to cast and the second is to download the Smartcast app. When you select cast from the menu it comes up with a screen that gives you two options –
You can set it up with your remote or you can set it up with a Smartcast app.
So I’m going to choose that one. Then on your iOS device you can choose
the Vizio Smartcast app and download it to install the application. Now the first
sign there might be a challenge with this is when you get to the next screen on the monitor and it comes up and asks you to connect to Wi-Fi but that makes
sense because you may want to connect your iOS device to the TV with a Wi-Fi
network in order for the communication to work. The problem is I don’t want to
use the Wi-Fi network for Internet because I’m trying to get away
from that. I want to use my cell phone’s data. I can share a hotspot for my cell
phone but that’s gonna use the data that’s not unlimited and free. So I’ll go
ahead and connect to Wi-Fi in order to do the updates to the system
that it’s asking for that’s fine but once that’s done I still need to connect
to a Wi-Fi in order to continually use my device. This is where the Netgear
router comes into play. I have a Netgear router that allows Wi-Fi access but does
not actually connect to the internet so I figured I can use the router to
connect my cell phone wireless and the TV Wireless together on the same network in order for the screen casting capability. Even though I don’t want to
use the Internet through that device. So I connect to my internal Netgear switch
and I get the connectivity to work but no matter what I attempt to do I continue
to get an error trying to cast any information on to the TV. Even the apps
inside of Smartcast that you can run from the TV itself won’t work because
they require an internet link. In getting hold of support at Vizio you can look on
the screen and you can see this information on their support page
highlighted in yellow. It says “currently the iOS is not
supported for screencasting”. Now this might work for you on an Android but I
have an iPhone. But at this point, with the Smartcast app, it doesn’t look like
I can make this option work. The next option I wanted to try was
Apple TV with Airplay. I already have an Apple TV as part of another streaming
service so I thought this has got to be the right solution. It has the ability to
cast to the screen using Airplay and it’s made for the Apple. AirPlay is a
built-in option on your iPhone and if you slide up from the bottom of the
screen you’ll see the Apple TV option on the menu that you can turn on casting
with airplay in order for that to work. You have to be on the same network. That can be setup a couple of different ways – you can establish a wireless network and
connect the two devices on the same network or you can actually share your
Apple TV as a Wi-Fi device and connect your cell phone to that device with its
internal Wi-Fi capability. So the first option I tried is to connect to the Netgear device that I mentioned earlier. So I go into the Wi-Fi settings on my phone
and I set up the Netgear Wi-Fi device and I’ve walked through the Apple TV
configuration to connect to the same Wi-Fi device. Now this is getting close
because I’m able to actually cast my screen, I can see my cell phone display, I
can actually run apps and see them on my TV in large format. So the first problem
I recognize is your streaming services don’t work because they don’t have cell
access and my Wi-Fi network doesn’t have any Internet so how is the phone
supposed to get out and connect to any kind of online service in order to play
a video or stream any data? You can’t do it! But there’s a quick fix for that.
Taking the cue from some of my network engineering background I was able to go
into the settings for the Wi-Fi device that you’re connecting to, which does not
have any internet, and you can change the settings and make this work. So you’ll
notice on the IP configuration you have an IP address and you have a subnet mask, router and DNS. And the router and the DNS is what allows the Wi-Fi to connect
out externally through your router into the Internet in order to pull data down.
Well what we don’t want this to do is use the local router because that does not have
Internet access so what we need to do is fake it into thinking that
that does not allow internet and therefore it directs it back to the cell
service on your phone in order to pull that data, and there’s a simple trick to
do that. Take the IP address that you see on the DHCP tab in the settings on the
Wi-Fi device and the subnet mask and click on the static tab and enter those
same IP addresses in there but don’t put in the router and the DNS settings. With
this combination you’re able to connect to the Internet through your cell and
connect to the internal Wi-Fi settings on your network to talk to your TV with
Airplay. Problem solved! Well not so fast. Now you got one other issue that’s
coming up. I can show anything that comes from my phone except when I go to
streaming TV services. For example, see what happens when you go into Netflix. I
can play TV on my phone but the moment I choose Airplay and enable it it says, “Now
playing on your TV” on your phone device and this is what you get on your TV – a
spinning circle that never goes away and you never get any video. What I’ve
concluded after trying a number of different solutions for this is that it
basically broadcasts the display processing to your TV so that it uses
your Internet link in order to make the display work. So it’s skipping using the
cell phone service and going straight to the Internet through your network and
there’s no way to force it to go back through your cell in order to make that
work. This is why I think everyone’s conspiring against you to make this work
the way you want because it works fine when you have it on your phone and all
you want to do is be able to display that screen on your TV but the moment
you turn that option on the Airplay apps detect that you’re trying to do that and
shift the Internet focus over to the TV or your internal network in order to
make that work. So Apple TV with Airplay So what do you do? You can’t use a Smartcast with a Vizio TV and you can’t use Airplay with an Apple TV. Well I have an
option that does work! After trying all these different solutions, trying
configuring on the network, trying all these different options, different ways,
what I concluded is you go with the hard wired solution and this thing right here
is the trick. It is a lightning to HDMI port cable.
What it allows you to do is plug in the Lightning port on the bottom of your
phone and then plug the HDMI cable into the other end and run that straight to
your TV. It actually takes the image that you
have on your phone and presents it in full screen on your TV. You don’t even
have to worry about the formatting. It handles that all just fine so as long as
you’ve got your cell data service with no cost, because it’s streaming to your
phone, this will actually connect it and make it work on your TV and this
solution has worked well for me. I’ve been able to connect up to Netflix, DirecTV Now, to YouTube TV, all of those different options for streaming services and they
display everything just fine. I provided a link to Amazon below this
video in the description area so if you want to find it yourself you can do that.
it’s not cheap, it’s about $45 but it does work well and hopefully it’ll work
for you for the same reason. Hey if you want to see more videos like this one
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  1. Awesome video! .

    I have Slightly different goal I trying to accomplish.

    Stream netflix or Hulu onto Tv using standalone hotspot (mifi, jet pack) as internet/data connection

    I have iPhone (on Verizon) that caps at 22 gigs.

    But I have arriving tomorrow a standalone Att mobile hotspot with unlimited no throttling data.

    Was planning on getting chromecast or roku. But with this adapter you presented in video i may not have to.

    Do you think if I connect my Verizon iPhone to the att hotspot, I should be able to stream netflix on my iphone no problem —-then I could use your adapter dongle to connect iPhone to the tv?

    Well wish me luck, We shall see soon thanks for your video !

  2. I am having trouble with as soon as I plug my phone into the lightning AV adapter it takes my cell service away and says no service and then the videos won’t load. Any suggestions on what to do?

  3. In this day and age of wireless tech, hooking up a wire from the phone to the TV defeats the whole purpose of having "Smart" equipment. I'm just bummed that I bought a "Smart" Vizio TV yet it did not have the ability to download apps from the internet. Albeit I admit their customer service is wonderful, I didn't know that the TV would be limited to the installed apps, that was my bad for not doing enough research. I have no interest in dragging a wire around attached to my Smart Phone to watch TV. I guess I will have to buy a Google ChromeCast dongle.

  4. After reading the reviews it looks like this device is a NIGHTMARE! Even if it is an issue with them being cheap knockoffs it is obvious that it is the weakest link in the product. I think I made a mistake buying Apple products.

  5. When I went to eBay to buy the device it says it does not work with Netflix or any other streaming network so???

  6. I tried something similar with a non-Apple branded HDMI/lightning adapter it works for me to be able to view my iPhone 8 screen but it renders the data connection useless. I’m not sure if it’s just you can’t use hardwired connection and AT&T date at the same time, or it’s just the fact that it is a non-Apple branded accessory any ideas why it’s not working?


  7. I bought the apple tether. Hooked all up and it started streaming. About 3 minutes later it froze and I had to restart DTNow. I’m using data and don’t understand why it’s dropping me out. Is it seeing the tether? I’m past the limit for data (22gb) but I thought that DTNow doesn’t count. Why is it locking up?

  8. I went through 6 of the adapters in 2 months. They're junk, the last one only worked for 20 minutes before it died. Great idea, if only they were made better.

  9. Can you do this same experiment with an android phone and make a video with it, please? My guess it will work well with chromecast

  10. I’ve used this solution for about 1 year or so. It absolutely works however I found two issues.
    1) not a big issue but the lightning connection does tend to get damaged and is now needing a ‘wiggle’ from time to time otherwise data doesn’t get through and screen goes blank.
    2) be aware you do have to go old school and get up to change things. I tried a longer HDMI cable but it’s a trip hazard :).
    In the end it’s worth it for me because internet on my phone is a work perk and I don’t pay for it.
    But for others, go home wifi and enjoy the remote 😉

  11. There is a cheaper solution to your expensive adapter…

  12. Maybe, just maybe, you could say whether something works or not BEFORE you explain how to do the thing that doesn't work. So that people don't, say, good pause and go try it for ten minutes.

  13. Chrome Cast? It always just works and can stream anything on your phone. Netflix, Amazon prime, youtube etc. maybe I’m just missing something in your video but, yeah, chrome cast

  14. Its 2019 why cant i watch my bought movies from the iTunes store on my tv wtf why am i the one having to buy a million and one things just to do it i got the smart phone i got the ty just let them pair by bluetooth and let that be that i mean damn im about to go into the tv and phone business because unlike all the other brands ill make my shit work and not complicated and theirs my rant for the day

  15. I have an unlimited streaming plan. However, when I connect to the HDMI cable, it counts it as "gaming" rather than streaming, so counts my data. I have burned through two apple brand HDMI lightning adapters

  16. You have provided a clear and remarkably simple method that almost worked for me. The picture showed up immediately when i connected the white cable and HDMI cable to the TV. However, I didn't get sound. Can you advise me how to overcome this, please? Thanks so much.

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