By Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director | Aug 7, 2013 06:25 PM EDT
A number of mobile devices support Miracast, a new wireless display standard that allows you to stream content directly to your TV. Unlike Google’s Chromecast, which grabs content from the cloud and streams it when you hit a button on your phone or tablet, Miracast displays a complete mirror of your device’s display whether you’re swiping through your home screens, surfing the Web, playing a game or watching a movie. Though there are still few set-top boxes and even fewer TVs that can receive a Miracast signal, several Android Mini PCs offer this important capability.
In just a few simple steps you can turn your Android Mini PC into a Miracast wireless display dongle for your TV and connect it to an Android phone or tablet.
Determine If Your Devices Support Miracast
Android Mini PC: To find out if you can use Miracast on your mini PC, look for a program called “WifiDisplay” in your app menu. If it’s not present , you may need a custom ROM or you may not be able to do Miracast at this time. However, most of the quad-core and many of the dual-core Android sticks support Miracast.
Android Phones / Tablets: The Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7 provide Miracast support as does the ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, the new Moto X phone and the 2013 Motorola Droid series. The Wi-Fi alliance maintains an extensive, but not complete list of Miracast-capable devices. If your phone has a wireless display option under Settings > Display, it does Miracast.
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