What is Screen Mirroring and How to Use it

Screen mirroring, also called screen sharing, is simply replicating a phone, laptop, tablet or computer screen onto a TV screen. Screen mirroring can be useful in an office setting as well as at home. There are two general methods to screen mirroring. Wired connections offer a straight-forward and reliable solution for screen mirroring. There are also devices that eliminate the need for cables and offer wireless screen mirroring.


How it Works

A wired connection uses an HDMI cable and coordinating adapters to connect your device to an TV. If your laptop or computer has an available HDMI port, then sharing screens is as simple as connecting one end of an HDMI cable to your TV and the other end to your computer. Since computers are becoming more and more compact, some laptops don’t have an HDMI port. HDMI adapters are an easy and effective solution to enable screen sharing on your device. Always check your device specifications before purchasing the necessary cables and adapters.

Wireless screen mirroring offers the same result as a wired connection, like an MHL cable. The difference is that there are no cables to attach your devices. Instead, a secondary device such as a ScreenBeam Mini2 or Miracast device creates a wireless connection that allows screens to be mirrored.


Wireless Screen Mirroring Devices

Miracast is a wireless display standard that is specifically designed for sharing device screens to a TV, eliminating the need for an HDMI cable. Many Android and Windows devices already have Miracast installed and ready to use. To see if your device supports Miracast, look for an application or display setting that uses one of the following terms: screen mirroring, AllShareCast, cast screen, wireless display, wireless mirroring, Quick Connect, Smart View, or Screen Sharing. For more information on Miracast devices, click here.

Devices like the ScreenBeam Mini2 make wireless screen sharing easier than ever. The Mini2 is compatible with most modern Windows, Android 4.2+ and Miracast-enabled laptops, tablets and smartphones. For laptops that are not Miracast compatible, you can connect the ScreenBeam USB Transmitter to enjoy easy, wireless screen sharing.