High-definition content sharing on
Wi-Fi® devices everywhere
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ enables seamless display of multimedia content between Miracast® devices. Miracast allows users to wirelessly share multimedia, including high-resolution pictures and high-definition (HD) video content between Wi-Fi devices, even if a Wi-Fi network is not available.
- Projects content from mobile devices to automobile infotainment systems
- Shares a laptop screen with a conference room projector in real-time
- Streams HD and 4K Ultra HD movies from a tablet to an HD television
- Shows pictures from a smartphone, computer, or tablet to a large screen television
- Support a wide range of audio/video formats to extend battery life in mobile devices
Miracast also supports premium content—such as Blu-ray feature films, live television shows and sports, and other copy-protected premium content—allowing you to watch what you want, where you want.
Standards-based Miracast advances life without wires
Miracast is an industry-wide solution, allowing technology to work across device types and vendors. Connections are easy to set up and use since Miracast devices choose the appropriate settings automatically. Miracast can connect two devices using network infrastructure or Wi-Fi Direct®. When content to be shared is stored on a Miracast-certified device, such as a smartphone to an automobile infotainment display, a Wi-Fi network connection is not required.
Only devices marked Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast have been certified by Wi-Fi Alliance® to work well with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ devices, employ the latest security protections, and deliver a high-quality user experience.
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- Wi-Fi Display Technical Specification v2.1
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ Highlights
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ Technical Overview
- Technical Note: Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ HDCP Interoperability Issue
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ TDLS: Easy-to-Use, Security-Protected Direct Links to Improve Performance of Wi-Fi® Devices (2012)
- Are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products protected by security?
Yes. All Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products are tested for WPA2 or WPA3. The only way to be sure that a product meets the latest security standards is to purchase only Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products.
- What has changed in Miracast since its original release?
New enhancements focus on high-definition (HD) content, increased performance, and better battery life for Miracast devices.
- Is a Wi-Fi connection needed to stream a video from the internet?
Miracast is unique to other wireless display solutions in that a direct peer-to-peer connection between two devices may be formed to share content residing on the source device, without the need for a Wi-Fi network. If streaming content from the internet, a network connection is required.
- How do companies use the Miracast trademark?
The term “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™” designates products that have been certified by Wi-Fi Alliance, and is the commercial name for the certification program. Only products which have completed and passed Wi-Fi certification to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast Test Plan may use the Miracast name.
- Does Miracast support devices like wireless speakers? (audio only)
Audio-only devices are not part of the Miracast certification program. Please see Wi-Fi CERTIFIED TimeSync for information on wireless audio component certification.
- How does Miracast protect premium content?
Miracast provides industry-standard protection of premium content through support of High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). HDCP is a wireless adaptation of the same trusted content protection mechanisms widely used for cabled interfaces, providing diversity in premium content options. This feature is designed to protect the digital rights of content owners and to encourage their efforts to make their content available.
- What formats does Miracast support?
Miracast supports many commonly used audio/video format. For a complete list, download the Miracast Technical Overview.
- How is Miracast related to Wi-Fi Direct?
Wi-Fi Direct allows devices to connect directly to each other, without the need for a Wi-Fi access point (AP). It simply requires the push of a button, the entry of a PIN, or tapping two NFC-capable devices together. Wi-Fi Direct allows source and display devices to discover one another and provides the underlying device-to-device connectivity for Miracast. Miracast builds upon Wi-Fi Direct with mechanisms to negotiate video capabilities, setup content protection (if needed), stream content, and maintain the video session.
- What features does Miracast certification test?
Miracast certification includes testing for audio/video (A/V) latency, quality, and synchronization offset. Testing ensures that devices operate across vendors, provide simplified discovery and setup, meet the minimum display resolution requirement, and implement content protection (when implemented). Miracast devices are also tested for implementation of WPA2™ security. Wi-Fi Alliance members may view details on certification testing in the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast Test Plan.
- Must both the content source and display be Miracast devices?
Both the display and the source devices must be Miracast certified. Miracast may be used on devices without embedded Wi-Fi capability by using a Miracast-certified adapter that supports an interface such as High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) or Universal Serial Bus (USB).
- What types of equipment are tested?
Miracast certification is available for video-capable devices such as TVs, handsets, tablets, laptops, set-top boxes, cameras, and projectors.
- What is the difference between Miracast and Wi-Fi Display?
Miracast is the brand for the certification program operated by Wi-Fi Alliance. Devices that pass this certification testing can be referred to as “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™ devices” or “Miracast® devices”. Miracast certification is based on the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi Display Technical Specification. This is the underlying specification developed by Wi-Fi Alliance members, and is copyrighted and owned by Wi-Fi Alliance.
- How do I activate TDLS?
Two Wi-Fi CERTIFIED TDLS devices will automatically form a direct connection after linking to the Wi-Fi network. No user interaction is required.
- What is the difference between TDLS and Wi-Fi Direct?
TDLS operates in the background of a Wi-Fi network to optimize performance, while Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can quickly connect to one another while on the go, even when a Wi-Fi network is unavailable. Many devices will be certified for both solutions and use them in different situations.
- How does Wi-Fi Alliance help ensure product compatibility and a good user experience for certified products?
Compatibility and quality are achieved through rigorous testing of Wi-Fi products. Consumers should always look for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo to ensure the best user experience possible.