standard Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter: How to connect a Windows Tablet

WDA Windows Setup

In our previous unboxing video at our sister site, MyNokiaBlog, we showed users how to set up and connect their Windows Phone to the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter (WDA). Today I would like to demonstrate how you can connect your Windows 8.x tablet to the WDA.

Once you have connected the WDA to your HDMI-equipped TV or monitor, it is easy to connect your Windows tablet to the WDA and then project your content to a bigger screen.

Without further ado, here is the How-To video from MyNokiaBlog:

The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter works with Windows 8.x, Android and Windows Phone devices that have the required chipsets and firmware to support Miracast and other Micracast Certified devices. Pairing my Nexus 5 to the WDA and playing Real Racing 3 and my Lumia 1520 and Riptide GP2 was a breeze and an overall pleasant experience but projecting my Dell Venue 8 Pro to a 50 inch display was purely magical.

Here is a promo video from Microsoft to give us some ideas on how to make the best use of the WDA.

My only complaint is that the WDA is expensive at $60 (ED. nearly $70 after taxes). It works so well that I want more than one in the house but that would mean I would need to spend nearly $300 for only 3 4 WDAs.

Do you use any Miracast Wireless Display adapters with any of your devices? If so, what is your favorite Miracast device and what OS do you use it with? How about the price of the WDA compared to other screen sharing devices and competing technologies?


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Demitrius Harris


More Information: Microsoft Wireless Display Website

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  • Marcus Christopher McFann

    Ok, at $60 a piece, the price for three is only $180, not the nearly double price of $300 you suggest.
    Its not a Chromecast, but better, when you think about it.
    1. Doesn’t require a WiFi network to work. It forms a connection directly from the device to the dongle itself. Chromecast and Roku can’t do this.
    2. Doesn’t require internet to work. So its great for playing local files, even if you don’t have web access. Try that with Chromecast or Roku.
    3. When used with Windows 8.x, it can use the receiving display as an extension of the desktop, or an extra display, so you can continue multitasking on one display while the other shows content that won’t be interrupted. Chromecast can do this by casting a Chrome browser tab or an app, but this works with Miracast with no app support required.
    Clearly Miracast is a more powerful, versatile functioning device, hence the price.

    • Demitrius Harris

      I agree on all of your points. Pardon my fuzzy math. At $70 (with tax) a total of 4 would bring me to about $280, hence the $300 remark. In my mind, I was thinking how many WDAs would $300 buy. I will update the article and thank you for pointing that out.
      Right now, I have to transport my WDA to work and home and I need 3 for home and 1 for work.
      The WDA is infinitely better than Chromecast. I actually just used it to mirror my phone screen to a monitor about 25ft away to test the distance. I was able to complete a lap in Riptide GP2 on my 635 from that distance. It was amazing! I also connected my Dell Venue 8 Pro from that distance as well.
      I can see a great use of these for instructors that use tablets in their classroom. I can imagine the instructor projecting their coursework onto the projector wirelessly as they walk around and lecture.

      • Marcus Christopher McFann

        People make the mistake of comparing it to Chromecast. Its more like a wireless HDMI cable. They should just call it that and it’d be more understandable.

        • Demitrius Harris

          Wireless HDMI definitely sounds better and is easy to understand.