Wireless Display Testing - Miracast and Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 released last week. I knew that it was to include Miracast support, so I was pretty eager to see if it would work any better (and by "better", I mean "at all") than Miracast for the Nexus 7. I was also hoping that it would work so I would no longer have to use outdated drivers just to have Intel WiDi working on my laptop.

I installed the current Intel Windows 8 WiFi driver and the brand new Windows 8.1 Intel display driver, then connected to my Netgear PTV3000. I haven't been able to test extensively, but so far it actually seems to be working! It works OK, but it is still not as good as AirPlay. Video was fairly smooth, but the audio would occasionally stutter.

To get it working, make sure your Miracast receiver is connected to your television/projector and ready for connections. Bring up the "Charms bar" (move mouse to top right corner of the screen), select "Devices"  (or Windows Key+K), select "Project", and click "Add a wireless display". After selecting your receiver, you will be prompted for a PIN that should be displayed on your television/projector. You only need to go through this full process the first time.

To connect/disconnect/configure a wireless display after the first setup, use Windows Key + K and click "Project".

4 comments:

  1. How do I get the current Intel Windows 8 WiFi driver and the brand new Windows 8.1 Intel display drivers? Where to find them and how to I install them on my Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet?
    Also:
    I cannot find the "Add a wireless display" under PROJECT?
    Please help.
    thanks

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  2. Go to https://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx to search for the latest drivers. You might need to look for drivers from Nvidia or AMD depending on your laptop/tablet. It's possible you won't see the option to add a wireless display until you have drivers installed that support the feature.

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  3. On a related note, since using the current Windows 8 network driver my laptop no longer crashes when tethered to my phone. This was never "Windows' fault". I knew I was intentionally using a driver for Windows 7 to get Intel WiDi working on Windows 8. Funny how using the right hardware driver can make a computer more stable. :)

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  4. Great post with nice details...
    Thanks for sharing such a nice tip. Good information and will be useful for us.
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