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  1. kennylow's Avatar
    I would just like to jump in here. I am new to this forum and have spent the last 2 days going crazy with my new Actiontec Screenbeam Mini 2. I bought one at Best Buy and connected it to my TV. Fired it up and fired up my Samsung S5 phone. I used Screen Mirror from Settings and my Mini was displayed on the phone. Tapped to connect, connection started, and then failed. Tried may times, took Mini back and got new one. Same problem. Contacted Actiontec via email. Reply said to try Smart View. That function is not available on S5. Replied, he then said use Quick Connect. Mini shows up again in Quick Connect, starts to connect and then fails. Replied to rep again, he said he talked with Samsung engineer who said they are aware of problem, but did not tell me what they were doing about it. Next took phone & Mini to T-Mobile. They took phone back to factory settings, but it still would not connect. Their S6 & S7 phones worked fine. I have an IRULU tablet with old version of Android--it works fine with the Mini, but is not 4g which is the whole reason for having your phone able to be mirrored on your TV (Netflix free data with T-Mobile). Called Samsung myself and rep said, must be software problem either with Actiontec or Android. Said they only do hardware and not S/W---could not help. Someone in this forum talked about clearing cache and that fixed problem--I did that and nothing changed.

    I am ready to take the Mini back and try the above-mentioned Samsung device, but only if someone can tell me they had success using it with an S5 phone.

    Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.
    08-26-2016 01:29 AM
  2. jinjermc's Avatar
    2018 response:
    For those finding this thread now: in order to use the built in Mira Cast technology (no internet use or wifi hot spot use of your phone) native to Android phones to wirelessly stream whatever is happening on your phone directly to your tv, you need a Mira Cast dongle/connected. Looks a lot like a fat flash drive, and utilizes both the HDMI port and USB port on you TV to receive the signal from your phone. No software of any kind need be downloaded to make it work.
    You can get a wired set up to do the job, however your phone battery will drain despite being plugged in and charging while watching movies. You might also discover that it doesn't work because of the number of pins in the mini HDMI connector end that goes into your phone isn't the same as what the phone has. Or that you must take your otter box off the phone because the connector housing is simply too fat.
    I bought a refurbished Belkin Mira Cast adapter dongle for my Vizio flat screen in my RV. I frequently end up in places where internet is not an option outside of my cell phone. Our DVD collection is 2000 and growing, but there are still videos I do not want to own (power rangers, 25 years worth for starters) As we watch an average of 400gb of media per month, hot spot is not an option. (Yes, 400. It is always playing something.) I needed a non-wifi option, and Chromecast requires Wifi to work, while Mira Cast is simply bluetoothing the audio and video to the receiver.
    We consistently use this with a Note2 phone, but also works great with the Note8. The TV is 8 years old. You can understand that the devices is compatible with old and newer devices. The latest Smart Tv's wouldn't need the dongle, but my Vizio is a Dino lol!
    02-13-2018 04:03 PM
  3. jlost's Avatar
    2018 response:
    For those finding this thread now: in order to use the built in Mira Cast technology (no internet use or wifi hot spot use of your phone) native to Android phones to wirelessly stream whatever is happening on your phone directly to your tv, you need a Mira Cast dongle/connected. Looks a lot like a fat flash drive, and utilizes both the HDMI port and USB port on you TV to receive the signal from your phone. No software of any kind need be downloaded to make it work.
    You can get a wired set up to do the job, however your phone battery will drain despite being plugged in and charging while watching movies. You might also discover that it doesn't work because of the number of pins in the mini HDMI connector end that goes into your phone isn't the same as what the phone has. Or that you must take your otter box off the phone because the connector housing is simply too fat.
    I bought a refurbished Belkin Mira Cast adapter dongle for my Vizio flat screen in my RV. I frequently end up in places where internet is not an option outside of my cell phone. Our DVD collection is 2000 and growing, but there are still videos I do not want to own (power rangers, 25 years worth for starters) As we watch an average of 400gb of media per month, hot spot is not an option. (Yes, 400. It is always playing something.) I needed a non-wifi option, and Chromecast requires Wifi to work, while Mira Cast is simply bluetoothing the audio and video to the receiver.
    We consistently use this with a Note2 phone, but also works great with the Note8. The TV is 8 years old. You can understand that the devices is compatible with old and newer devices. The latest Smart Tv's wouldn't need the dongle, but my Vizio is a Dino lol!
    Isn't there a way to directly connect through wifi for Chromecast?
    02-15-2018 12:45 PM
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