MHL connection: what is it and what is it for? How does it work, advantages and uses? - Definitive guide

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What is the MHL connection and what is it for?

The MHL connection or also known as mobile high-definition link (in English mobile high-definition link) is a technology that allows you to connect portable devices from a micro-USB port on the TV or on the monitor via its standard HDMI input; This is made possible by a standard connector equipped with an interface suitable for audio and video.



This type of technology was developed by the Silicon Image company and was launched on the market in 2010; Since that year the MHL connection has been updated to guarantee a better service to its users. Therefore, this technology currently has 4 kinds of versions which are MHL 1.0, MHL 2.0, MHL 3.0 and Super MHL.

This technology comes used to transmit high definition pictures, music and video with surround sound ; from smartphones, digital cameras, tablets or portable players to a television screen or monitor, without the need to compress video, images or audio.

How does the MHL connection work?

All this is possible via a converter (MHL transmitter, MHL receiver or MHL bridge) managed by chips that exchange signals or audio between electronic devices. How to connect the devices to each other?

  1. Connect the cable the HDMI port of the TV and the microUSB port of the electronic device.
  2. From the TV press the button labeled Input o Source and choose the HDMI MHL input.
  3. In the settings of the electronic device, be it tablet, camera or smartphone, activate the video output option.
  4. From that moment you can enjoy series, video games, music or videos from the TV, by connecting your mobile to the TV via HDMI - MHL or in any other way.

There are TVs that have HDMI ports that are not compatible with HML technology; however, this is not a problem, as it is possible purchase an MHL to HDMI adapter. This adapter allows you to connect your electronic device (tablet, digital camera, smartphone, portable player) to the HDMI input of the TV. It may also happen that your mobile phone is not compatible with MHL connection, so it is vital to try to know if your mobile is compatible with MHL cable and in case you want to get a compatible mobile then you should know the updated list of mobiles compatible with MHL.



Advantages offered by the MHL connection:

  1. This type of connection uses a 5-pin connector which facilitates compatibility between equipment.
  2. MHL technology is ideal for enjoying high-definition images or videos, because it can support HD, 4K and 8K technology without having to compress them.
  3. Enjoy immersive audio, without the need to compress it.
  4. You can watch movies or listen to music you search in your internet browser on your TV.
  5. Support HDMI input ports.
  6. With this type of connection you can play through a game console.
  7.  The MHL 3 version is ideal for users who love video games because this technology allows you to reproduce real and clear images. In addition, this version allows you to watch videos in Ultra HD (4K).
  8. MHL technology allows to recharge the battery of the equipment during transmission.
  9. This technology allows you to enjoy the content you have on your portable device on the TV without any delay.


Uses of the MHL connection:

  1. If you connect your mobile or tablet to an HDMI monitor, you can also connect a wireless mouse and keyboard for use your device as a computer ; where you can use it to browse the internet, view your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter account or perform any function you do with your device.
  2. Any content you like on a portable device can be enjoyed from your TV with amazing resolution and surround sound.
  3. With MHL technology you can play your favorite video games in high resolution, enhancing the gaming experience.
  4. Listen to your favorite songs with excellent sound quality.
  5. You can view photos, videos and movies from your mobile on your smart TV to share with friends and family.

If you haven't used the MHL connection yet, start enjoying the benefits this technology offers you today; which will give you a unique and different experience when it comes to entertaining yourself.


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