Windows 10: New Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter coming soon

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  1.    20 Feb 2016 #31

    The key to this is that the device you're broadcasting FROM must have Miracast in place. Not just WiFi -- as someone has already pointed out.

    And, like others, I find that a 12-foot HDMI cable reaches from my laptop to the TV just fine.
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       20 Feb 2016 #32

    Mark Phelps said: View Post
    The key to this is that the device you're broadcasting FROM must have Miracast in place. Not just WiFi -- as someone has already pointed out.

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    I, for one, did not know that until you and the other member pointed it out.
    Thank you to both.

    Question :
    Does this "requirement" also apply to Chromecast on PC which does not have Miracast ?
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  3.    20 Feb 2016 #33

    Here is a good read about this; What is Miracast and Why Should I Care?
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  4.    20 Feb 2016 #34

    hTconeM9user said: View Post
    I have already got that and I find it also sometimes does not work
    It will not cast my laptop to my TV
    Only works with my smartphone so I can then use both
    Have you tried the full screen mode in the chrome browser. It is rather well hidden - you have to click on a little pull down menu icon in the top right hand corner of the chromecast menu on the browser. Very easy to miss.
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       20 Feb 2016 #35

    meebers said: View Post
    Here is a good read about this; What is Miracast and Why Should I Care?
    Thank you.
    Assuming the link was meant for me.

    That is not I was looking for.
    Allow me to explain and bear with me if it turns out to be long-winded.

    I have the latest version of Chromecast.
    Connected it to my TV.
    Installed the Chromecast app from Google Play Store.
    All went well with my smartphone and my Android 4.4 tablet.
    I can "mirror" my desktop and use the TV as my "big screen".
    I can cast Netflix movie on TV and use the same device ( tablet or smartphone ) for other chores.

    I cannot do that on my 2 laptops, nor can I do it on my Surface RT. HDMI cable is the only way for now.

    The best I can do is to install the Video Caster and AV Cast from Windows Store. They are not what I want.
    I cannot do the same thing as I can in my smartphone and android tablet.

    Reading from the link you provided, Chromecast has nothing to do with Miracast.
    So, my question on Post #32 is irrelevant.
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       21 Feb 2016 #36

    Trust_No1 said: View Post
    Umm and I can get Chromecast for $35 and it has been available for years now
    I have both Chromecast and MS Wireless Display Adapter and I can tell you they are most definitely not the same! With Chromecast you can cast a tab from Chrome browser, content of an app suporting Chromecast or mirror your full screen (duplicate, not extend), whereas MS Wireless Display Adapter gives you an additional display.

    In screenshot below, the display #3 is my TV through MS Wireless Display Adapter. It acts and behaves exactly as any additional HDMI display:

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    davidhk said: View Post
    Adding to that, instead of spending $50, a HDMI to TV cable will do the same job. Albeit, not wireless.
    That said, if one really wants it .................. knock yourself out.
    No it will not do the same job.

    In most laptops for instance, like the Asus I am using to post this, you can only connect one external display. The MS Wireless Display Adapter allows me to use three display, two external ones. A big difference. Adding another display with another wireless display adapter would add a fourth display to this laptop, and so on.

    Also, remember that the wireless display adapter don't have to be connected to a TV; any display is OK as long as it has an HDMI input and the adapter can get power from USB.

    hTconeM9user said: View Post
    If you have built in WI-FI on your tv you would not need to use this app
    As it does the same job
    No it will not do the same job. A TV set with built-in WiFi is not automatically an external display for your PC. You need a cable, be it VGA, DVI or HDMI from the PC to TV, or a wireless display adapter.

    davidhk said: View Post
    Wonder what type of TV has such setup at the back.
    My TV is less than 8 months old and I don't have that setup at the back.
    Most modern HD TVs have a USB port for this exact purpose.

    About Miracast: Almost any PC equipped with WiFi today supports Miracast technology. An easy and fast way to see if your PC supports it, if you can use a wireless Miracast display adapter is to press WIN + P; if at the bottom of display options you can see link Connect to a wireless display, your PC supports Miracast:

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    Rule of thumb: If the WiFi equipped computer came preinstalled with Windows 8.1 or later, it has Miracast support for 99.9% sure.
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  7.    21 Feb 2016 #37

    If one wanted to hook up the HDMI output from the computer to more than one monitor/tv they could use a HDMI splitter. Not as easy and neat as wireless but it would work.
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       21 Feb 2016 #38

    Winuser said: View Post
    If one wanted to hook up the HDMI output from the computer to more than one monitor/tv they could use a HDMI splitter. Not as easy and neat as wireless but it would work.
    How does an HDMI splitter help in extending desktop to additional displays?
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  9.    22 Feb 2016 #39

    Kari said: View Post
    How does an HDMI splitter help in extending desktop to additional displays?
    I don't see anywhere in my post where I said anything about extending the screen. A HDMI splitter will work if one just wants to duplicate the HDMI output.
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       23 Feb 2016 #40

    Winuser said: View Post
    I don't see anywhere in my post where I said anything about extending the screen. A HDMI splitter will work if one just wants to duplicate the HDMI output.
    Using your words, I don't see anywhere in my post where I said anything about you saying anything about extending the screen. I simply asked "How does an HDMI splitter help in extending desktop to additional displays?".

    You compared HDMI splitter to wireless display adapter, saying "Not as easy and neat as wireless but it would work", which might give a reader of this thread a wrong idea because these two options cannot be compared. A newbie who buys an HDMI splitter inspired by your post will most probably be disappointed when noticing that he / she can only duplicate existing display, not extend his / her desktop.

    This is a news thread, read by many members and visitors, experienced geeks and newbies alike. In my opinion the information should remain valid and factual. Although your post was both, it managed to give a wrong impression.

    You know, a better reply had been "Sorry, I didn't think of that".
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