Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast
Miracast is a wireless connections standard for displaying content from devices such as laptops or smartphones on displays such as TVs or projectors. Note that any display, a Windows 10 monitor for instance, may act as a receiver as long as what is powering it supports the Miracast standard.
The technology uses the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi Direct standard, and requires certified devices for communication. Adapters that are plugged in to USB or HDMI ports are available to add support to devices or displays that don't support Miracast natively.
As far as operating system support is concerned, Miracast is supported by Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, and there is an option for developers to add support in Windows 7 using Wi-Fi Direct. Android supports it as well
As a rule of thumb: most modern computers that run Windows 8.1 or 10 should support Miracast. This means that you may display the screen on another display, for instance a TV. Windows 10 devices may also act as a Miracast receiver. You may check the official product finder page on the Wi-fi Alliance website to find out whether your devices support Miracast.
The following guide explains how to determine whether a Windows device is all set up for Miracast.Â Even if the device and the operating system support it, there are still things such as old drivers that prevent you from using it.
Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast
Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with an easy way to determine whether the device supports Miracast or not.
- Tap on the Windows-key, type connect, and hit the Enter-key.
You either get "The device doesn't support Miracast, so you can't project to it wirelessly", or " 'name' is ready for you to connect wirelessly".
If you use Windows 8.1, the situation is different. You may run DirectX Diag to get the answer in this case, but it may not be as reliable:
- Tap on the Windows-key, type dxdiag.exe and hit the Enter-key.
- Confirm any prompt, and wait for the scanning of the device to end.
- Select Save All Information, and pick a local directory.
- Open the saved dxdiag.txt file afterwards, and locate the Miracast entry on it (use find in Notepad or a comparable search option to find it quickly).
Broken down to the requirements, the Windows device needs to support Wi-Fi for Miracast. That's not the only requirement though, as the wireless adapter needs to support Virtual Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct. This means that you need a device that supports at least NDIS 6.3, as Wi-Fi Direct was introduced in that version.
Additionally, the display driver needs to support WDDM 1.3 and Miracast. If the driver is up to date, support for that should be there.
How do you find out about that?
- Tap on the Windows-key, type powershell and hit enter.
- Use the commandÂ Get-NetAdapter | Select Name, NdisVersion to list the supported NdisVersion of each network adapter.
- Make sure it is at least 6.3.
For WDDM support, check the DxDiag diagnostic log that you saved to your system earlier. Search for WDDM to display the support version.
Now You: Do you use Miracast or comparable services?
If Chrome Remote Desktop works does that indicate Miracast support also?
No, that’s a different technology as far as I known.
I’m old school, and run an HDMI cable from my laptop to my dumb HDTV. Works perfectly every time.
Hehe, no wonder why I couldn’t connect to you wireless — it kept saying, “The person you’re trying is wired, please try again”. :D
I get a third Window 10 message:
is ready for you to connect wirelessly.
Your device might have trouble displaying your content because its hardware wasn’t
specifically designed for wireless projection.”
Oy! Microsoft is always more complex than it should be. Sticking with Chromecast.
My dell inspiron laptop 5558 also displays this message. So I’m out of luck for this machine? Have you heard anything about this? please post :)
My (otherwise excellent) Fujitsu laptop states:
“—” is ready for you to connect wirelessly.
This device may have trouble displaying your content because its hardware wasn’t specifically designed for wireless projection.
Working on it, though.
I am heart-broken :( **somebody pass me a kleenex please**
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Chip type: GeForce GTX 970
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Type: Full Device
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13C2&SUBSYS_29743842&REV_A1
Display Memory: 12137 MB
Dedicated Memory: 3976 MB
Shared Memory: 8160 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (59Hz)
Monitor Name: HP 25vx LED Backlit Monitor
Monitor Model: HP w2558hc
Monitor Id: HWP2817
Native Mode: 1920 x 1200(p) (59.950Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 22.21.0013.8165 (English)
Driver Version: 184.108.40.20665
DDI Version: 11.1
Feature Levels: 11.1,11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.3
Graphics Preemption: DMA
Compute Preemption: DMA
Miracast: Not Supported by WiFi driver
Hybrid Graphics GPU: Integrated
Power P-states: Not Supported
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 3/31/2017 23:20:54, 16431320 bytes
WHQL Logo’d: Yes
My Dell Precision T3600 gets this for Miracast from DXDIAG
Miracast: Not Available
If I got the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop Network Adapter installed, would it become available?
From the WiFi Alliance
Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDâ„¢ Interoperability Certificate
This certificate lists the features that have successfully
completed Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability testing.
Learn more: http://www.wi-fi.org/certification/programs
Frequency Band(s) 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Operating System Windows 8.1
Firmware Version Product: 18.12, Wi-Fi Component: 18.12
Hardware Version Product: 8260, Wi-Fi Component: 8260
Category Internal Adapter
Model Number 8260
Product IntelÂ® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Date of Last Certification August 21, 2015
Summary of Certifications
Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDâ„¢ a, b, g, n, ac
WPAâ„¢ â€“ Enterprise, Personal
WPA2â„¢ â€“ Enterprise, Personal
Wi-Fi Protected Setupâ„¢
MiracastÂ® – Source
can I use Miracast ??
Its shows not supported ?
Good evening can you help?
when i try to mirror my phone to pc i get the message
( CAN NOT DISPLAY PROTECTED CONTENT ON THIS DEVICE )
Ethernet 2 6.50
Wireless Video Supported: Yes (Graphics Driver: Yes, Wi-Fi Driver: Yes)
Driver Model: WDDM 2.7
Miracast: Available, no HDCP