What To Know
- For non-smart (“dumb”) BenQ projectors: Connect a streaming device such as a Roku player to your projector using an HDMI connection > Then use the Roku player to connect to Wi-Fi and start streaming content.
- For smart BenQ projectors: Navigate to Settings > Select Internet, turn Wireless Network Settings to ON > Choose your Wi-Fi network, and enter the password.
- Both smart and non-smart BenQ projectors support wireless casting from various devices using AirPlay, Google Chromecast, or direct screen mirroring.
In this article, I will teach you how to connect your BenQ projector to your Wi-Fi network, regardless of whether your projector is a smart or non-smart type.
Let’s get started!
For the BenQ Dumb Projector
To connect a dumb projector to Wi-Fi, you’ll need internet-enabled source devices—like a phone, laptop, or streaming device—that will act as a bridge between your projector and the network.
The source device connects to your Wi-Fi network and then connects to your projector through a video port. With this setup, you can stream content on your source devices and display it on your projector. You can also transmit wirelessly from other devices on your network to the source device connected to your projector.
The setup process varies slightly for different source devices, so we have put together a step-by-step demonstration with a Roku player as our secondary device.
Steps to connecting your Dumb BenQ projector to WiFi using Roku:
Step 1: Power on your BenQ projector and Roku player.
Step 2: Connect the Roku player to your projector. We recommend using HDMI for a high-quality connection.
Step 3: Press the Source button on the remote to set your projector to the correct input source.
Step 4: From the Roku home screen, go to Settings > Network > Wireless Connection.
Step 5: Select your WiFi network from the options and connect to it.
You’re set to start streaming!
For the BenQ Smart Projector
Like computers, smart projectors run on operating systems. They need internet connections to update these systems, run their streaming apps (i.e., YouTube), and communicate wirelessly with other smart devices.
Most smart projectors come with built-in WiFi connectivity modules. These projectors, like the BenQ EH600, can connect directly to a wireless network without a secondary device.
As a result, the connection process for smart projectors is simpler.
Steps to connecting your Smart BenQ projector to Wi-Fi:
Step 1: Power on your projector and select Settings from the home screen.
Step 2: From the general menu, select Internet.
Step 3: Press OK to switch the Wireless Network Settings to ON.
Step 4: Select your Wi-Fi from the list of available networks and enter the password.
NOTE: If the connection is successful, a Wi-Fi icon will appear at the top right corner of the projector screen. You can then use embedded apps or cast device screens wirelessly to the projector.
Bonus: Wireless Projection With BenQ Smart Projectors
In addition to direct WiFi connections and other internet capabilities, smart BenQ projectors offer multiple options for convenient wireless projection.
You can wirelessly cast content from iOS devices, Android devices, and PCs to your multirole BenQ smart projector, using either Google Chromecast or Airplay.
In the sections that follow, we’ll walk you through each process.
AirPlay for iOS and macOS
BenQ’s smart projectors (like the EH600) support Apple AirPlay natively—they do not need any app installation or complex setups to connect to iOS source devices.
To project content wirelessly with AirPlay, you only need an AirPlay-associated device (like iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks) and a BenQ smart projector connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Steps to use AirPlay with your BenQ smart projector:
Step 1: Connect your BenQ smart projector and iOS device to the same Wi-Fi.
Step 2: From the BenQ projector’s home screen, select Wireless Projection for iOS and macOS and press OK. The projector will display instructions to help you cast your device’s screen to the projector.
- Open the control center on your mobile device and launch Screen Mirroring.
- For macOS, just press the AirPlay icon at the top right corner of the screen.
- Select your projector from the mirroring list that pops up.
Step 3: Click Finished on the tutorial screen to return to the BenQ launcher and your device’s screen will be mirrored on the projector.
Google Chromecast for Android Devices
You can cast content from your Android mobile devices to a BenQ smart projector using Google Chromecast. These projectors are factory-fitted with Google Cast protocol, so they don’t need a Chromecast dongle.
All you need is the Google Home app on your Android phone and a Wi-Fi network. We’ll show you how.
Steps to use Google Cast with your phone:
Step 1: Connect your BenQ projector and Android phone to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Select Wireless Projection for Android on your BenQ home screen and press OK to access the instructions.
- Open Google Home on your phone and go to Mirror Device.
- Select your BenQ projector as the screen you want to cast to.
Alternatively, you can skip Google Home and go through the quick settings panel on your phone:
- Swipe down the top of your phone screen to access the quick settings.
- Click on Screen Cast.
- Choose your projector from the list of Chromecast-enabled devices and give it a few seconds to connect.
Step 3: Select Finished on your BenQ projector to close the tutorial screen and return to the home screen.
Google Chromecast for Windows PC
You can also use Google’s screen mirroring feature to cast your laptop’s screen onto your BenQ smart projector. All you need is the Chrome browser app on your PC and a shared Wi-Fi connection.
Steps to cast laptop screen to BenQ smart projector:
Step 1: Connect your BenQ projector and laptop to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: From your BenQ home screen, select Wireless Projection for PC and click OK. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your connection:
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your laptop.
- Click the hamburger menu on the far right.
- Scroll through the options and select Cast.
- Choose between the options “Cast tab” or “Cast desktop.”
- Select your projector from the list of Chromecast-enabled devices.
- Click Share to start mirroring.
Step 3: Click Finished on your projector screen to close the set-up tutorial and view the mirrored screen.
In our progressively digital world, connection is key. Due to the constant evolution of technology, more device manufacturers are embracing wireless connectivity options.
BenQ is one projector brand that has taken big strides to make wireless projection easier for users. With a WiFi connection, you can use Airplay or Chromecast, control your smart projector remotely, and run embedded entertainment apps.
Gabriella ‘Diogo is a technical writer with a vested interest in tech hardware and equipment. She shares her knowledge and processes in an easy-to-grasp, lighthearted style. When she’s not testing or researching device performance, you’ll find her writing short stories or rewatching episodes of her favorite sitcoms.