You are basically going to make your computer a SERVER
A server is a computer that offers SERVICES. (It is an actual computer). All computers connected to the server can use the services of the server.
NOW THAT'S a TONGUE TWISTER!
There are different types of servers. Mail Servers, Web Servers, Application Servers, Media Servers...
WAIT!! That's it! We are going to turn our computer into a MEDIA SERVER so that we can stream MEDIA from it (Sorta like the servers they use for Youtube.)
So, download AIR PLAYIT by DIGIARTY SOFTWARE, INC to your laptop (Windows and Mac). Price FREE
Also download their IOS app. Price:FREE (For Adroid also)
The Air Playit program on your computer turns your computer into the server
When you open Air Playit on your laptop you will see at the top a SERVER NAME. This is the name of your computer. Also at the bottom under PORT near WI-FI you will see your IP ADDRESS.
You will need these two things for the iPad app.
Open the app on your iPad and tap the PLUS at the TOP-LEFT of the screen.
This will come up. Tap SPECIFY SERVER ADDRESS MANUALLY.
Where it says SERVER NAME, type in the name you saw. And where it says IP ADDRESS, tap in the address you saw. Then tap JOIN.
Your iPad will connect to your computer/Server and should automatically skim your computer for videos. It found 20 videos for me.
The numbers in parenthesis only tell you how many folders are in a folder, not how many videos. Tap one.
You will get a list of the videos in the folder. Tap a video and tap the WHITE PLAY ARROW to play a video.
If you want to add more folders, do so from the Air Playit program on your computer under the SHARED FOLDERS tab using the ADD FOLDER BUTTON.
The server(your computer) uses your wireless router to stream the media.
I believe you can use this to stream music also.