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Modernize Your Conference Room for less than $50

Posted by Jared Connell on Sep 12, 2016 3:04:52 PM

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Have a conference room or meeting space that looks like this? Need a solution to eliminate all of the cords, wires, and adapters?

Earlier this year Microsoft released Microsoft Miracast, a device that can replace all of the wires and adapters, and project your computer screen onto TV's, projectors, and streaming media players. Roughly, it can be described as "HDMI over Wi-Fi". This technology can work across devices regardless of brand to negotiate settings for each connection, which simplifies the process for the users, and all of this happens at lightning fast speeds.

The best part: the device cost about $50

Setup for any of these adapters is simple: Just plug the adapter into any open HDMI input port on your TV, projector, or monitor, then plug in the small USB cable coming from the side of the device. These USB cables don't actually transfer any data; they're there to provide power to the adapter. The wireless display adapter delivers a reliable connection with up to a 23-foot range.

Operating Systems Supported:

  • Android 4.2 or later
  • Windows 8.1 or later
  • BlackBerry 10.2.1

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Already have Miracast and need additional info on how to use the device? Once Miracast has been connected, here are the steps to begin presenting:

With your PC and display ready to project, you need to add the wireless display to your PC. Both devices need to be within range, which usually means that they're in the same room.

 

To add a wireless display to your PC

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then tap or click Add a wireless display.
  3. Choose the wireless display in the list of devices found, and follow the instructions on the screen. 

Project your screen to a wireless display

After you add the wireless display to your PC, you can project your screen to it and change what you see on each screen.

To project your screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then tap or click the wireless display you want.

To choose what you see on each screen

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then choose one of these options:
  • PC screen only. You’ll see everything on your PC. (When you're connected to a wireless projector, this option changes to Disconnect.)
  • Duplicate. You’ll see the same things on both screens.
  • Extend. You'll see everything spread over both screens, and you can drag and move items between the two.
  • Second screen only. You’ll see everything on the connected screen. Your other screen will be blank.

Disconnect from a wireless display

If you move your PC beyond the range of the wireless display (such as to another room), or if you make your PC sleep or hibernate, the two devices will disconnect. You can also disconnect the wireless display manually.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Devices.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Devices.)
  2. Tap or click Project, and then tap or click Disconnect

(Information provided by: Microsoft)

 

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