I have a model B raspberry pi running raspbian with an 8GB sd card. I want to connect my laptop by ethernet cable to my RPi and then output the laptops screen over the RCA composite output of the RPi to my analogue TV.

Laptop >> ethernet cable >> RPi >> RCA composite >> TV

I am aware of vnc options but the framerate using vnc is too slow when displaying video. I want something faster.

What software do I need on the laptop and on the RPi?

  • What OS is on the laptop?
    – Wilf
    Jun 15 '14 at 12:31
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    consider using ethernet instead of the usb part, makes things a lot easier :)
    – Gotschi
    Jun 15 '14 at 13:47
  • @Wilf The laptop is Windows 7
    – Mowing Bar
    Jun 16 '14 at 9:06
  • @Gotschi I can use an ethernet cable instead of teh usb cable. Thanks
    – Mowing Bar
    Jun 16 '14 at 14:43

You may get best results in using something like Airparrot in combination with rplay

This solution uses Apples Display Mirroring feature and delivers (in my opinion) the best experience (smooth & easy to set up for beginners, a license key for the beta can be obtained in their forums for free)

The second possible way would be to just Install a VNC Server on the Win7 Machine and start a client on the Pi (ssvnc for example)

The VNC solution is probably quite laggy, but still pretty easy to setup.

A third option would be to capture the desktop on the pc with VLC and play the stream with the pi

  • I have tried with VNC on the laptop and tightVNC on the RPi but found the framerate too slow to watch videos. I will try Airparrot and rplay shortly.
    – Mowing Bar
    Jun 18 '14 at 11:13
  • Airparrot with rplay works very well with video. The framerate is high and has no buffering. The audio does not work. When I enable audio on Airparrot it says "Connecting..." but never connects. I have changed the preferences without success. Does anyone know how to transfer audio on Airparrot to Raspberry Pi?
    – Mowing Bar
    Jun 27 '14 at 11:59

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