Miracast Wireless Screen Sharing is the new MHL
Getting content from your mobile device to another screen shouldn’t be as hard as it currently is. Many low and mid range devices lack any video out capabilities and those that do often have users jumping through hoops to get things working correctly.
Finding the correct adapters and fiddling with them is generally a hassle, plus the likes of Samsung and HTC have in the past stuck proprietary layers over DLNA, locking you into their respective devices when trying to share files. Samsung’s recent updates to AllShare Play in the guise of Samsung Link also provoke a serious amount of head shaking when it comes to User Interface design (short story – it’s very ugly and very difficult to navigate).
Miracast is being touted as the newest and easiest method of content sharing between devices and the best news is that by utilising Wi-Fi direct, it’s a natural, open progression of the Wi-Fi alliance standard.
Wi-Fi direct allows compatible devices to create an ad-hoc network to communicate with each other, without the need for a central router / access point. With this connection established, Miracast enabled devices can share content directly, commonly referred to as screen sharing. So, just how devices from all manufacturers can communicate at base level over Wi-Fi, all Wi-Fi direct certified devices should be able to implement Miracast screen sharing.
Miracast was added to stock Android from 4.3 and so should be finding its way into all new Android handsets, as well as new Smart TV’s. The IM10 adapter’s job is to convert any HDTV without Miracast to one that can receive the broadcast. With the IM10 connected to your TV over HDMI, simply tap your NFC & Miracast ready smartphone to connect and instantly throw videos, pictures and web browsing onto the TV screen! If your smartphone has Miracast but no NFC, then you can simply scan the surroundings to connect manually.
Unlike manufacturer specific offerings and physical MHL/HDMI, the beauty of Miracast is to allow whatever content is being displayed on one screen to appear on the other. Miracast broadcasts and shares the information being sent to the source display and so doesn’t discriminate based on file types or video source, meaning everything should share correctly. With an IM10 unit connected, anyone with a Miracast enabled device can begin sharing to your HDTV in seconds.