How to Set Up A Projector 2021 Guide: Read this or Mess Up Everything

Well, buying a projector for a huge screen movie experience is one thing but setting them up is a whole a new process. It might seem easy, but it takes a bit more work as you will have to place and connect correctly to enjoy a mesmerizing movie experience.

However, you can follow the steps we have laid it out for you which will allow you to quickly set up the projector without much hassle. However before starting we like to request you to get all the tools because you will need during the installation process.

Without causing much fuss, let’s big with the first step,

Step 1- Arranging The Setup Location
Before making your way into the setup process, first, you will have to find an ideal place which will be suitable for setting up the project. If you have a separate entertainment room, then it would make a likely choice otherwise you can opt for the dining room or guest room for the setup. Remember always choose for a spacious location because it would give you the freedom to easily mount the projector and maximize the screen size. Along with the projector set up location, you should also arrange a proper seating so that if you call up a large group, you won’t face any space issue.

For outdoor setup, your backyard will be a smart choice, and we would recommend you to inform local authorities before placing the projector. After finding the location, now your job is to measure the area accurately because it will help you determine the throw ratio required for that particular place.

Step 2- Placing the Screen
Arranging the location is merely a start and to start with the setup, you will have to set up the screen. You need to free the wall from any painting or amenities so that you can correctly place the projector screen and expand it according to your wish. You should buy a proper screen with good gain so that it can adequately reflect the intended quality. We would suggest you to get a wall hanging retractable screen as it takes up less spaces and easy to handle.

For the outdoor setup, you have to opt for standing screen, inflatable screen or hangings screen although apart from these you will also find some plausible options. When placing a standing screen, you should find a plain surface because it will offer a proper view. We would suggest you to put the screen in such a way you get an uninterrupted view while watching movie or football.

Step 3 - Setting Up The Projector
Setting up the projector in the ceiling or table is the most critical step of the whole setup process, and one mistake in the calculation will ruin the entire setup. First, you have to place the projector on a table depending on the throw ratio and mark that place properly. So if you want to put the projector on the ceiling, you have to mark the spot vertically opposite to the table where you have placed the projector. While placing the projector, you should remember the lens should be in the middle of the screen. Then with the help of ceiling bracket, you will have to install the projector on the ceiling.

For table set up, you should use a small stool because it will assist you to fiddle with the height until and unless you get a squared image. You can use books to adjust the height of the seat or table. Similarly, you should also follow the same setup process for outdoor installation. However, if you are placing the projector on the back of the screen, then you should check whether it is compatible with backward projection.


    Apart from knowing the throw ratio, you should properly check the distance before mounting the projector on the ceiling so that you can get a clear image.
Step 4: Hooking All The Required Wires
After placing the projector at the right place, now you are ready to hook all the cables so that you can start the projector. Your first job is to connect the power cable of the projector to the primary power source. It is recommended to utilize an extension cable for connecting the power cable so that it entirely free of any tangle. Then you need to connect the external device with the help of an HDMI, VGA, DVI, D-Sub or any other compatible cable. For connecting the smartphone, you can use MHL cable or wireless medium like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to connect it to the projector.

However, to connect the iPhone, you will need to buy an Apple Digital AV adapter and then join both the device using an HDMI cable. Nowadays some smartphone can be connected using mini USB although you should check whether your projector is compatible with that facility. You can even utilize Chrome Cast, Airplay or Miracast to project video through the projector.

Step 5: Getting An Accurate Picture Placement
After you complete the above four steps, now you are ready to switch on the projector and the external device so that you can project an image to the screen. Apart from projecting an image, you can also project a test pattern so that you can properly fit the image within the display. Some projector comes with inbuilt test pattern while on other models you need to use the setup disc to project a test pattern on the screen. To properly fit the image, the lens should be in the middle of the screen so that the video remains within screen despite the resolution or aspect ratio.

During the setup, you might find gaps on the side of the screen; then you can utilize the zoom facility to fit the image on the screen properly. However, we will suggest you to move it little towards the screen if you have placed it on the table as zoom often cause clarity deterioration.

Step 6: Tuning The Picture Quality
Tuning the picture quality is one of the most crucial steps because it will determine the overall quality of the video or image you will see on the screen. At first, you need to use the focus ring to get a proper clarity and vivid quality. After correcting the focus, you need to fiddle with the brightness, color saturation, backlit, contrast, sharpness levels, etc. so that you can get the optimum quality. However, you shouldn’t move to the extreme degree as that it will hamper the overall quality. You will also have to tune other settings so that you can perceive a vibrant video quality.
Step 7: Setting Up The Audio
So setting up the audio is the last step you will have to perform before you can jump into the couch to start your movie marathon. We would recommend you to avoid internal speaker as they won’t be able to offer the required quality and clarity. You can use 2.1 speakers or a 5.1 home theater system to set up the audio. You can even use wireless speakers or Bluetooth speakers to play the sound depending upon the compatibility.

After step seven, you just need to switch off the light and relax on the couch to watch your favorite movie.

Now, we also want to provide you answer to the particular common question which might come to your mind while you were going through all the steps.

Let’s look at them,

1. What is a short throw projector?

  • A short throw projector is basically an ordinary projector but with short throw ratio or short throw distance. They can offer a large image size from just a few feet away like a 100inch image from 4ft away. The lumens and resolution vary according to the price range, and the contrast ratio also differs from model to model. However, the lens used is mainly wide angle lens, and this adjustable lens comes with a focus ring.

2. How to connect the laptop to a projector?

  • To connect a laptop to your projector, you just need an HDMI cable to hook both of them. After joining the HDMI cable, you just have to hold the function and display key together which will give you the option to duplicate the laptop’s screen.

3. What is a DLP projector?

  • A projector that utilizes the DLP projection system developed Texas instrument is a DLP projector. Digital light process system uses micromirrors to project videos with high contrast and high color. The quality of the DLP projector is quite good, and they mostly come with budget pricing.

4. How to clean projector lens?

  • Cleaning the projector lens is quite easy, and you just need a lens cloth along with a little amount of cleaning solution to clean the projector lens.

5. What is a good contrast ratio for a projector?

  • There is no ideal contrast ratio as it varies according to the configuration of the projector. However, according to our team, the contrast ratio figure above is 20000:1 is considered as the benchmark for proper contrast. The contrast ratio between 50000:1 to 100000:1 is deemed to be optimum as the offer the best black clarity.

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