In the modern era of smart devices, sharing your Ubuntu screen to your Smart TV can be a handy feature. This guide will walk you through the process using two different methods: Aethercast and Mkchromecast.
To share your Ubuntu screen to a Smart TV, you can use either Aethercast or Mkchromecast. Aethercast is still in development and only works on a few Ubuntu Touch devices, while Mkchromecast is a command-line tool that allows you to cast video and audio from Ubuntu to a smart TV over LAN or Bluetooth.
Before we get started, make sure you have the following:
- An Ubuntu system
- A Smart TV connected to the same network as your Ubuntu system
- The necessary software tools installed on your Ubuntu system
Method 1: Using Aethercast
Aethercast is a tool that works with WiDi and Miracast to share screens. It’s important to note that Aethercast is still in development and only works on a few Ubuntu Touch devices.
Step 1: Install Aethercast
To install Aethercast, open a terminal window and type the following command:
sudo apt-get install aethercast
This command uses the
apt-get install command to download and install Aethercast from the Ubuntu repositories.
Step 2: Connect to Your Smart TV
To connect to your Smart TV, you will need to use the
aethercastctl command. This command allows you to control the Aethercast service.
Step 3: Scan for Devices
Once you’ve launched
aethercastctl, you can scan for devices using the
This command will start scanning for available devices. If your Smart TV is on and connected to the same network, it should appear in the list of available devices.
Step 4: Connect to Your Smart TV
To connect to your Smart TV, use the
connect command followed by the MAC address of your Smart TV:
XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX with the MAC address of your Smart TV.
Method 2: Using Mkchromecast
Mkchromecast is a command-line tool that allows you to cast video and audio from Ubuntu to a smart TV over LAN or Bluetooth.
Step 1: Install Mkchromecast
To install Mkchromecast, open a terminal window and type the following command:
sudo apt-get install mkchromecast
Step 2: Cast Your Screen
To cast your screen, use the
mkchromecast command followed by the
This command will start casting your Ubuntu screen to your Smart TV.
Sharing your Ubuntu screen to a Smart TV can be a bit tricky, but with the right tools and steps, it’s definitely doable. Whether you choose to use Aethercast or Mkchromecast, both methods should allow you to share your screen with ease. Just remember to check whether your Smart TV is compatible with these tools before getting started.
For more information on Mkchromecast, you can visit omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/05/mkchromecast-cast-video-from-ubuntu.
Remember, always keep your system updated and install software from trusted sources to ensure the security and stability of your system. Happy screen sharing!
No, not all Smart TVs are compatible with screen sharing from Ubuntu. It is important to check if your Smart TV supports the necessary protocols such as WiDi, Miracast, or other casting options.
To find the MAC address of your Smart TV, you can usually navigate to the network settings or network status section of your TV’s menu. The MAC address is typically listed as "Ethernet MAC" or "Wi-Fi MAC" and consists of six pairs of alphanumeric characters separated by colons.
Yes, there are other tools and methods available. Some popular alternatives include using Chromecast devices, using DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) servers, or using third-party software like VLC media player with its streaming capabilities.
Yes, both Aethercast and Mkchromecast support audio casting along with screen sharing. However, it is important to ensure that your Smart TV and Ubuntu system are properly configured to transmit audio over the selected casting method.
Currently, both Aethercast and Mkchromecast do not provide the capability to share specific applications or windows. They mirror the entire Ubuntu screen to the Smart TV. If you need to share specific applications or windows, you may need to explore other screen sharing or remote desktop solutions.
Screen sharing to a Smart TV may have a slight impact on the performance of your Ubuntu system, especially if you are casting high-resolution videos or graphics-intensive content. However, the impact should generally be minimal unless your system is already under heavy load.
The methods described in this guide are primarily designed for sharing your Ubuntu screen to a single Smart TV. Simultaneously sharing your screen to multiple Smart TVs may require additional software or hardware solutions that support multi-casting or screen mirroring to multiple devices.
To stop screen sharing and disconnect from your Smart TV using Aethercast, you can use the
disconnect command followed by the MAC address of your Smart TV in the
aethercastctl terminal. For Mkchromecast, you can press
Ctrl+C in the terminal window to stop the casting process.
The methods described in this guide are specifically focused on sharing your Ubuntu screen to Smart TVs. Sharing your screen to other devices like smartphones or tablets may require different tools or methods, such as using screen mirroring options available on those devices or utilizing dedicated apps for screen sharing.