Up until now, you’ve been displaying content on your Epson projector by connecting your laptop to it via an HDMI cable. While this solution is practical, you’re tired of a computer and cables cluttering your home theater setup.
The solution is obvious: go wireless by casting content from your device and using your projector as another smart device.
However, casting and screen mirroring both require a Wi-Fi connection.
While some Epson projectors have a built-in Wi-Fi function, others do not.
In this article, we’ll discuss how to connect both smart and non-smart Epson projectors to Wi-Fi, and how to cast your device’s content to them.
Let’s get started!
1. iProjection Solution from Epson
If your Epson projector is smart and has a built-in Wi-Fi function, you can connect it to a Wi-Fi network and cast content to it by following the steps below.
Step 1: Hit the remote’s Menu button.
Step 2: Go to Network and click Enter.
Step 3: Ensure Wireless Mode is turned ON.
If you’d like to connect your non-smart Epson projector to Wi-Fi without a streaming device, consider investing in a Wireless LAN module that connects to your projector’s USB port. Please note that while this device is convenient, it is on the pricier side.
- Compliant with 802.11 b/g/n standards
- Uses USB type A connector
- Compatible with PC or Mac
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Once your Epson projector is connected to Wi-Fi, you’re ready to start casting content to it. To cast content from an iPhone or laptop, you must install the iProjection app before following the steps below.
Step 1: Launch the iProjection app on your device.
Step 2: Find and select your projector’s name within the app. If you don’t see your projector’s name, go to your unit’s Network settings and take note of its IP address. Then, enter this address into the iProjection app by selecting the Search by IP address option.
Step 3: Once you’ve found and selected your projector within the app, select OK to connect your device to your projector.
Now you’re ready to start casting to your Epson projector!
Watch the video below demonstrating how to connect an iPhone or laptop to an Epson projector via the iProjection app.
2. (Recommended) Use a Streaming Device
Wireless LAN modules may be a great investment for some, but given their high price point, they may be too expensive for people looking to cast on a budget.
Luckily, you can cast content to your non-smart Epson projector with a streaming device. Not only are these devices compact and budget-friendly, but they’re also compatible with every projector model since they connect via HDMI.
You can even connect them to older projectors without HDMI ports using an HDMI adapter! Head to our article How to Connect a Chromecast to a TV/Projector Without an HDMI Port? to learn how to connect a streaming device to any old projector.
Roku, Fire TV Stick
Rokus and Fire TV Sticks connect to projectors exactly the same way they connect to TVs. The device’s interface will also be exactly the same.
Simply connect one end of an HDMI cable to your Roku or Fire TV device before connecting the other end to your projector. Don’t forget to also connect your streaming device to power!
Then, adjust your projector’s input to HDMI so it displays the streaming device’s interface.
You can cast your Mac or iOS device’s screen to your Roku or Fire TV by heading to Apple AirPlay and HomeKit in your device’s settings, then following any additional instructions on-screen.
Remember to connect your Roku/Fire TV and device to the same Wi-Fi network since AirPlay works via Wi-Fi.
You can also screen mirror your Windows OS laptop to your Roku or Fire TV by following the steps below.
Screen Mirror Windows OS to Roku
Step 1: On your laptop, go to the Action center.
Step 2: Then, head to Project.
Step 3: Click on Connect to a wireless display.
Step 4: Select your Roku device.
Step 5: Now, turn your attention to your Roku’s display and, when prompted, select Allow to begin mirroring your laptop’s screen.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to screen mirror a Windows laptop to a Roku.
Screen Mirror Windows OS to Fire TV
Step 1: Press and hold the remote’s Home button.
Step 2: Select the Mirroring option from the menu.
Step 3: Head to your Windows laptop and open the Action center.
Step 4: Go to Project.
Step 5: Head to Connect to a wireless display.
Step 6: Click on your Fire TV.
Watch the video below demonstrating how to screen mirror a Windows laptop to a Fire TV device.
Chromecasts are another popular streaming device brand. There are two main types of Chromecast devices: Chromecasts with Google TV and those without.
Chromecast with Google TV is similar to other streaming devices in that it has built-in apps in addition to supporting casting.
Chromecast without Google TV only supports casting and screen mirroring, and cannot work without a connection to a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Setting up a Chromecast’s hardware is similar to setting up a Roku or Fire TV. However, you must also connect it to your smartphone’s Google Home app. This process varies depending on which Chromecast device you’re using.
If you have a Chromecast with Google TV, check out Google’s article Set up Chromecast with Google TV and Voice Remote for detailed setup instructions.
If you have an original Chromecast without Google TV, head Set up your Chromecast device (3rd gen or older) to learn how to set it up.
Once your Chromecast is set up, you can cast a tab in Chrome to it by following the instructions below. These instructions will work for any Chrome browser, regardless of your computer OS.
Cast a Chrome Tab
Step 1: In a Chrome browser on your computer, go to the More menu, marked by three vertical dots.
Step 2: Click on Cast…
Step 3: Select your Chromecast device. Now, this tab will be displayed on your Chromecast.
Apple TV devices also support screen mirroring and casting, and can be connected to your projector via an HDMI cable. Setting up an Apple TV device is almost exactly the same as setting up a Roku or Fire TV stick.
You can learn more about how to set up an Apple TV by checking out our article How to Connect Apple TV to a Projector?
One downside of using an Apple TV device is that you can only screen mirror or cast iOS devices via AirPlay. So, if you want to cast Android or Windows devices, consider using another streaming device brand instead.
Your iOS device and Apple TV must be connected to the same network for this process. Mirror your Mac’s screen by following the steps below.
Screen Mirror a Mac
Step 1: Open the Control Center in the top-right corner of your Mac screen, marked by two toggle icons.
Step 2: Click the Screen Mirroring option.
Step 3: Select your Apple TV’s name.
Step 4: If prompted, enter the code on your Apple TV into the pop-up window on your Mac. Then press Enter.
Wrapping Things Up
Epson produces several smart projectors which have built-in Wi-Fi and wireless connection features. You can screen mirror or cast to your Epson smart projector using the iProjection app on your iPhone or laptop.
However, if your Epson projector does not have these built-in features, you can still connect it to Wi-Fi using a Wireless LAN module or a streaming device.
We recommend using a streaming device as it’s cheaper and will give you access to its built-in apps.
Depending on the streaming device’s capabilities, you can screen mirror or cast from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even Chrome browser.
Does your Epson projector natively support Wi-Fi and wireless connections? If not, how do you connect it to Wi-Fi?
Let us know in the comments below!
Yesenia Achlim is a technical copywriter and editor with a focus on AV equipment. She aims to break down complicated topics and make technology accessible, no matter your technical expertise. When she’s not teaching you how to replace a projector lamp, you can find her reading and baking.