While much is being made of Google’s Chromecast dongle (which has just launched in Australia), it’s not the only way to stream media content around your home. Back in the middle of last year, rumours were that Miracast dongles would soon be released powered by Rockchip single-core Soc CPUs that could sell for around $10.
Fast-forward to 2014 and that forecast has almost come true. Hunt around and you’ll see no-name dongles offering Miracast/WiFi Display/DLNA support now selling for under $20.
The iPush Hi763 shown here is just one available on AliExpress featuring Rockchip’s low-cost 1.2GHz single-core RK2928 SoC CPU and 256MB of RAM. The CPU is built around ARM’s Cortex A9 design, so it won’t be blindingly quick, but it should be enough to kick up 1080p HDMI content onto your big-screen TV.
To make use of Miracast on Android devices, you need to have at least Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) on-board and your device must have support for Miracast functionality. Samsung’s Galaxy SIII smartphone with Android 4.1 offers Miracast support through its All-Share Cast feature, but we can’t confirm it works with this particular dongle.
Miracasting can be a little bit temperamental in our experience, but when it works, it’s a great way to dial up your content and control it all from your tablet or smartphone.
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