Anycast M2 Plus Review, Amazing Things We Can Do with Miracast Dongle

Today I am going to show you how we can use Miracast Dongle to send screen from smartphone/Tablet/laptop/Desktop PC to TV for various occasion. I am using Anycast M2 Plus dongle to share online streaming from mobile devices to the television.




What is Anycast

Anycast is a networking term where a sender sends packets to one of the nearest potential receivers. Anycast M2 Plus is a special device to project your mobile device or notebook to another big screen via WIFI connection.

Anycast for iOS system requirement according to its manual book

iOS 7 and above
All iPhone model after iPhone 4, all iPod model after iPad2, all iPod touch after iPod touch 4th generation
Resolution for iPhone 480*320 ~ 1136*640, resolution for iPad 1024*768 ~ 2048*1536
Storage at least 40MB free space

Anycast for Android system requirement according to its manual book

Android 4.2 model with 1GB RAM
Resolution WVGA~1080p
Storage at least 40 MB of free space

What is Miracast

Miracast is standard protocol to send screen from phone, tablet or laptop to TV wirelessly or we can consider as HDMI connection over WIFI based on anycast method.
I found many reasons how this Miracast dongle will help us in many occasion as I tried below:

1. See what child’s watch on their tablet via Television

Monitoring what child play on their tablet, as today is common a child below 10 years watching Youtube online. By presenting what they are watching in the tablet to the larger TV screen, we can easily see what they’re watching without having to closely supervise them. This is great.

2. The whole family can watch a streaming movie on the larger screen

See the streaming movie from tablet to the larger screen. I have an LG smart TV, it can play Youtube and another popular website from TV. When I tried this function it was not practical, no keyboard and mouse on the TV, so it’s hard to control what we want to watch. When using the Miracast dongle, we can see any website/movie from tablet and mirrored to the TV screen perfectly, I am using 32 inch LG smart TV and it’s perfect, the whole family can watch the movie in the large screen. This will not happen when watching on a tablet screen.

3. Make smartphone camera as a CCTV

As long as WIFI is in the range we can use our smartphone cameras as CCTV because everything captured in the camera’s smartphone will be displayed in the TV screen, I tried this and perfect. My son loved this feature because he can see everything he is doing on the TV. Of course, I need to focus the smartphone to him.

4. Family photo album on TV

It is a lovely moment when we can watch family photo album on the large TV. We can memorize the moment together but this is hard to do when we display it on tablet screen only.

5. Sending presentation from PC

We can send pitch our presentation to our potential customer from a laptop or PC. By using WDI driver we can send anything on our PC to the large screen on TV.

Ok now let us see how we can connect our smartphone, tablet, laptop, and desktop PC to the big TV screen

Below are steps to connect from various device to the TV using Anycast M2 Plus dongle:

Connect from Smartphone (Xiaomi Redmi 2 Android version 4.4.4)

Click setting>…More>Wireless display>Click your Miracast Dongle network
Using a smartphone to send the screen to TV will leave 2 black display on the left and the right side. The only middle part that showing phone screen.

Connect from Android Tablet (Lenovo B-600HV Android version 4.4.2)

Click Setting>Display Scroll down select Cast screen
I can see the full video and perfect audio on the TV display, I never thought the result will be this great.
You will see the message “No nearby devices were found” on the screen. Do not worry, press … button and you will see your miracast receiver there.

Connect from a laptop (HP Probook with Windows 7)

Unfortunately, I cannot connect from my laptop to Miracast dongle. Intel already discontinue support to WIDI driver since October 15, 2016.
I also tried to download from Softpedia Intel Wireless Display Software 4.2.19.0 for Windows 7/Windows 8, but it saying that my processor does not support miracast.

Connect from a laptop (Dell Inspiron i3 with Windows 10)

A wireless display on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 should be working fine, both windows version natively supported WIDI capabilities.  See below.

TV requirement to receive Miracast

I am using TV LG 32 inch smart TV with HDMI and USB port. You don’t need a smart TV but you need a TV that has HDMI and USB port. HDMI to send video and audio from dongle to TV, USB port to power WIFI receiver that comes with the dongle.
Share your experience using any Miracast dongle with us in the comment below.

Anycast M2 Plus Firmware update

To update the firmware to the newer version, you have to connect M2 plus dongle in DLNA mode. The dongle will detect and download the newer firmware automatically. To confirm update you have to press and hold the button until the screen on TV initiate firmware update.
During the update process, you have to make sure no electrical power loss will occur. If this happens will damage the Anycast dongle.
Anycast M2 Plus Review, Amazing Things We Can Do with Miracast Dongle Anycast M2 Plus Review, Amazing Things We Can Do with Miracast Dongle Reviewed by Yunar Winardi on April 17, 2017 Rating: 5

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