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Miracast vs Chromecast: Differences and which one to choose

Miracast vs Chromecast: Differences and which one to choose

By  Sigismondo Eisenhower 2019-08-22 7060 0

Miracast is nothing new. Actually, it's been around longer than Chromecast. The two technologies are similar, but not the same. Miracast is like a wireless HDMI connection, reflecting everything from one screen to another. It works in both modes, not just as a "receiver" like the Chromecast.


What's Miracast?

Unlike Chromecast, which is a device, Miracast is part of the Wi-Fi functionality on new gadgets. The Wi-Fi Alliance, a global consortium of companies, has agreed to Miracast as the standard protocol. This protocol means that any Miracast device will work with any other Miracast support device.

When you think of a presentation with a laptop and a TV, your mind immediately connects the two with an HDMI cable. But Miracast goes far beyond the ability to stop using HDMI: Miracast is the wireless alternative you like to stop using HDMI: Miracast is the wireless alternative you'll love The next time you'll need streaming media between devices, remember the flaws of HDMI and consider using instead Miracast wireless. It's the technology we all need and deserve. Read more . Discarding the cable and wirelessly connecting the two screens.

Screen mirroring is all Miracast does. If you're playing a video on your phone and want to show it to others on your TV, you can mirror your screen with Miracast. The video will be played back simultaneously on the phone screen and on the TV screen.

Do mobile phone or TV support Miracast?

The first question you'd probably like to ask yourself is whether your devices support Miracast. There's an easy way to find out.

It is likely that if you bought a gadget after 2014, it will support Miracast. This includes most TVs, which mask their Miracast function under names like "SmartShare", "AllShare" and so on.

But do not follow alone the generalization post 2014. Each Wi-Fi device goes through the Wi-Fi Alliance's tests for different standards and protocols. So, if you want to discover your device, check their website.

The Advanced Product Finder has a Miracast option in the filters on the left. Check that, then use the category or search box to locate your gadget.

Miracast is better than Chromecast?

In an office environment, Miracast might be a better solution because it works natively with Windows computers. In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, Microsoft included a simple guide to connecting to wireless displays. No HDMI cable or Chromecast dongle is required for this.

The integrated nature of Miracast also simplifies the transformation of any device into a "receiver". For example, you can transmit the Android screen to your Windows PC How to transmit the Android screen to Windows 10 With Miracast and Connect How to transmit the Android screen to Windows 10 With Miracast and Connect In Windows 10 version 1607, you can transmit your Android screen wirelessly to your desktop using the Connect app. We'll show you how to set up this magic mirror. Read more. With Chromecast, only the TV with dongle connector is the receiver.

Miracast can works offline

Miracast creates a closed Wi-Fi connection between devices. Since it is closed, it does not require an active Internet connection. And this is his greatest strength. If you don't have the Internet, Chromecast won't work.

On the other hand, Miracast works smoothly without the internet. Play a movie saved on your hard drive, project the screen onto your TV and you'll be able to watch it on a big screen, even when the storm rages outside.

Miracast is not a multimedia player

Miracast isn’t a "smart TV media companion". The simple reason is that it only mirrors the screen. Your phone or tablet will not be usable while transmitting the video running on the screen to the TV.

This also leads to huge battery consumption on gadgets. You'll probably plug in your phone's charger while streaming, which reduces battery life.

Miracast does not work with Apple devices

Apple has decided not to follow the protocol recommended by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Instead, it uses the proprietary AirPlay standard.

So if you're using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can't mirror your screen to Smart TV via Miracast. Actually, it's something a Chromecast can help you with. Or you can use a modified Miracast dongle like AnyCast, which comes with AirPlay support.

Which Miracast should you buy?

If your TV doesn't already have Miracast, you can buy a Miracast dongle like the Chromecast. It's a lot cheaper and it'll work offline.

My personal recommendation would be the AnyCast M2, which works with Apple's AirPlay standard so you can even mirror your iPhone or iPad screens.

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