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Miracast peer-to-peer wireless screencasting support (like Apple AirPlay)

asked 2013-12-26 09:45:59 +0200

LaruX gravatar image

updated 2014-02-17 21:02:47 +0200

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Miracast is "similar" to Apple AirPlay and Google Chromecast.

Excerpt below is copied from Wikipedia:

Miracast is a peer-to-peer wireless screencasting standard formed via Wi-Fi Direct connections in a manner similar to Bluetooth. It enables wireless or wired delivery of compressed standard or high-definition video to or from > desktops, tablets, mobile phones, and other devices. Both the sending and receiving devices must support Miracast for the technology to work. " (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracast)

SoC used in Jolla phone (Qualcom S400) has Miracast support. However, SailfishOS and Jolla hardware are not at the moment Miracast certified (and there are not software support to enable Miracast). I hope that in the future generations of Jolla devices and in the next major version updates of SailfishOS would enable Miracast.

Miracast is futureproof open wireless sceencasting standard and wireless screencasting is one of the major on-going technology breaktroughs (follow just popularity of Airplay)

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I believe the SOC used in the phone already has support for miracast, i could be wrong though.

StanceVonKofsky ( 2013-12-26 14:39:06 +0200 )edit

"In addition to the cores, the Snapdragon 400 also features support for all the key modem technologies "that matter around the world"...Miracast for wirelessly displaying content directly to an HDTV"" (http://www.tomshardware.com/news/snapdragon-Krait-Miracast-Adreno-Cortex-A7,21198.html)

LaruX ( 2013-12-26 23:44:32 +0200 )edit

I think the problem here is that the Jolla needs to be certified for Miracast and then also need support for the 5GHz band. For now we can only use the 2,4GHz band. Or am I wrong?

I would love the ability to use Miracast though! :)

Psycho Squid ( 2013-12-27 11:50:19 +0200 )edit

@Psycho Squid How it's problem? 5Ghz band and certification are a part of implementation after decision to support Miracast. What is needed is (business) decision to support miracast.

LaruX ( 2013-12-27 15:56:02 +0200 )edit

@LaruX So in other words is 5GHz support not mandatory for Miracast?

Psycho Squid ( 2013-12-27 18:53:32 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-11-23 00:28:18 +0200

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It seems to be that nowadays there are Linux compatible versions available for Casting. It stumpled across this one: http://mkchromecast.com/

That is not Miracast at all but Chromeenabled devices are support. If you have a TV with one of these - potential winner?!

I guess there is also meanwhile a Miracast approach - the community is so big out there.

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Have you (or anyone else out there) tried if mkchromecast could be run on SFOS?

zagrimsan ( 2018-11-23 06:02:39 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-02-17 16:22:41 +0200

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updated 2014-02-18 14:22:51 +0200

Miracast is not that easy to implement, at least not from an opensource/linux point of view: https://fosdem.org/2014/schedule/event/miracast/ (I only found german news about his talk: http://www.golem.de/news/wifi-display-miracast-unter-linux-ist-schrecklich-1402-104315.html) So it seems not to be too easy to implement miracast under linux.

Update: There is now an english newspost on phoronix: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTYwNjk

Looks like there is some progress.

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as i already suggested here, Airtame might be a better candidate.

torpak ( 2014-02-18 15:28:52 +0200 )edit

Proper standardization would be the way to go, not another new protocol. The market players try to push their proprietary idea, and afterward they wonder why nobody is interested to buy something which only works with a fraction of all devices.

I had enough "fun" with VGA (still there), DVI (available in three flavours), DisplayPort (plus miniDP) and HDMI (can't count them) and all the adapters needed.

I am not interested to start an other collection of (wireless) display adapters .

Cmdr_Zod ( 2014-02-18 15:57:29 +0200 )edit

The Airtame protocol and all Software is promised to be open source when the hardware is delivered. So nothing proprietary here.

torpak ( 2014-02-18 16:01:02 +0200 )edit

The developer, who talked about Miracast at last year's FOSDEM startet the Miraclecast Project, which works on an open source implementation of Miracast for Linux: https://github.com/albfan/miraclecast.

wanderer ( 2015-02-19 12:37:21 +0200 )edit
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