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Why Doesn’t My Computer Support Miracast?

 

Cables are so ‘old school’ now. Miracast is the new way ‘in’ for bigger- screen connectivity.

UNDERSTANDING MIRACAST

Miracast defines the mirroring standards on a display screen and the display screen could be of your choice i.e. a television (they now come in phenomenal sizes and views), a projector screen, etc. Earlier, to connect and view a laptop or a computer screen on a television, it had to be connected using a proper HDMI (high definition movie index) cable. Connecting HDMI cables to a monitor or a television usually involves a cumbersome process of picking up the television and placing it rightly to plug in the wire. Apart from the process, it gives an unsightly finish to the device. In this generation of wireless devices, HDMI has gone wireless in the form of MIRACAST. This standard was developed in 2012. It enables ‘Miracast-certified’ devices to connect mutually without requiring a physical cable. It is based on Wi-Fi connectivity concepts. An android with a 4.2 or later version as well as Windows 8.1 and Windows10 support Miracast. You would also require an output-mirroring WiFi-Direct Miracast enabled display. In order to make the display device ‘Miracast friendly’, several Dongle and USB options available in the market. This physical plug-in also tends to make an older technical display gadget Miracast-friendly. The technology altogether delivers high resolution multimedia experiences including Immersive High Definition and 4K Ultra HD, even after being projected. Miracast in itself is a certification of connectivity standards, wherein the Miracast-enabled devices are called “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™” and are certified by the Wi-Fi alliance commercially.

TROUBLESHOOTING FOR MIRACAST

Miracast can help you view all your media content like images, videos, presentations, gaming, etc. On a larger display, without having to forego on the quality part. Do you wish to connect your devices wirelessly for an optimum display, but are unable to do so using Miracast? These are the steps you should be following:

GET YOU’RE BOTH DEVICES READY: Miracast projection involves two devices i.e. the projecting device, as well as the Display device on which the image is to be projected. Miracast works well, only if both these devices are well-synchronized with the Miracast Standards. Usually a Windows 8.1 or above software works. But if your projecting device is an older one which has been upgraded, your Miracast connectivity may face issues as it follows a tight protocol. In this case, you should visit the site of the manufacturer of your device and lookout for updated firmware for your particular device that may be Miracast enabled. Download and install this updated version for a smooth experience altogether. In case of a display device not projecting as required, a dongle like separate hardware may help. Also remember to get the Intel Graphics card, if embedded, to be Miracast enabled in order to ‘mirror’ the content inside.

CONNECTING THE DEVICES: Once your devices are checked for protocol standards, you need to connect them. It requires these steps to be taken:

  • Ensure that both the devices are in-range or ideally within the same room. Also ensure that both the devices have switched-on their Wi-Fi accessibility icons, with a known user name.
  • Click on the right edge of the screen to open ‘device’ options. Click on the ‘project ’option and add a new Wi-Fi device. Scroll the list of the scanned available devices and click on the name of the display intended. Then follow the steps of the module to ensure connectivity of the intended devices.

SELECT YOUR REQUIRED OPTIONS: Miracraft also provides you the option of what you may wish to see on the display screen, from the content available on your laptop or PC. It provides you options of PC SCREEN ONLY (All content can be seen on your laptop screen), DUPLICATE (Both screens show similar content), EXTEND (view with an extended sight that allows movement of content within the screens) and SECOND SCREEN ONLY (Everything would be displayed on the display screen only).

To be on the safer side, always ensure to keep updated versions of software on your devices, especially the functional drivers to support latest technologies and their smooth implementations. In case of any further queries for Miracast connectivity and supporting devices, call our talented pool of experts at our TFN 1-800-828-6304 who are available 24/7 to keep you worry-free regarding the use of these products.

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