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Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter vs Google Chromecast



On September 24th, I pre ordered the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter from the Microsoft Store. (estimated availability date was October 30th) Microsoft, for some strange reason, has not spent a lot of time and money promoting this device.

For those of you who have never heard of it, the Microsoft Wireless display adapter is Microsoft’s answer to Google’s Chromecast. This little dongle features Miracast technology and complies with 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz 802.11n wireless standards, so you can easily mirror content from your compatible device on an HDTV or monitor.

The box came equipped with…

  • Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter
  • 7.1″ HDMI extension cable
  • Owner’s manual

Setup was a breeze, simply connect  the Microsoft Wireless Display adapter to the HDMI port on the TV and an available usb port for power.  Setup on my HP ProBook and my Surface Pro 2 was also a breeze.  Simply type “Device Settings” in the search box, select “Device Settings” and click “Add Device”.  Windows will detect the dongle and add a new entry to the “Projectors” category called MicrosoftDisplayAdapter_43

The picture quality is decent and for the first time, I have a device that also enables me to project the display on my Nokia Lumia 1520.  This is a big deal for me since neither of my former Windows Phones (Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020) worked with various bluetooth accessories over the years.

System Requirements

All Miracast® enabled Windows 8.1 tablets/laptops/phones and Android devices with 4.2.1 and later. Internet access not required for use.

Note: ensure the latest Windows updates are installed

Miracast® enabled Android devices 4.2.1 and later

Full functionality not available with non HDCP devices.

Not compatible with Surface RT


Chromecast = $35.00

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter $55.00

Ease of setup

Last Christmas, my son bought me the Chromecast dongle.  I installed the Chromecast software on my old HP laptop running Windows 7 pro without any difficulty, but it would never successfully communicate with my HP ProBook or my Surface Pro 2 running Windows 8.1.  After many failed attempts, I packed it up and stuffed it into my computer bag.

The Microsoft dongle connected with ease and without fail, to ALL of my devises.  I would highly recommend to all of my family, friends and customers looking for a wireless solution to project a project, picture or even a movie from their Windows laptop to their TV, to spend the extra $20.00 for a hassle free experience.

Windows Remote Assistance (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this three part series, I will show you how to shout out for remote assistance by selecting “Use e-mail to send an invitation”.  As with “Save this invitation as a file”, help is just a few clicks away.  Click on the Start button and type Windows Remote Assistance in the search box.  You will be presented with two options…

  • Invite someone you trust to help you
  • Help someone who has invited you

Select “Invite someone you trust to help you ” and you will have three more options to choose from…

  • Save this invitation as a file
  • Use e-mail to send an invitation
  • Use Easy Connect

Select “Use e-mail to send an invitation” and an e-mail will be drafted that reads as follows….


I need help with my computer. Would you please use Windows Remote Assistance
to connect to my computer so you can help me? After you connect, you can
view my screen and we can chat online.

To accept this invitation, double-click the file attached to this message.


Note: Do not accept this invitation unless you know and trust the person
who sent it.

As in mentioned in Part 1 of Windows Remote Assistance, for your safety this invitation is only valid for a limited time so I would advise you to call the person that will be assisting you to make the necessary arrangements in advance.

You will receive a message that confirms your invitation was received and they request permission to view your screen.  Once you grant them permission you can either chat via the Remote Assistance window or you can grant them permission to take control of your computer as if they were sitting in front of it.