Roku Screen Mirroring Isn't Ready for Prime Time

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dthx

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This article sums up my own experience with every Miracast device I've tried until now. I dislike apple devices for many reasons, but I must recognize that airplay, Apple TV etc have been around for years and work perfectly ... if you accept to be stuck in a closed world. But at least if saves you from all frustrations you'll see in the what we believe is the open world ;-)

I've never seen a miracast device that works in a reliable way and with a user guide and GUI that looks a bit professional. It's truly junk !
The only thing that's more promising is a Chromecast key: it's easy to setup, reliable and looks great but ...
- nothing for Windows phones
- can't/won't play many codecs (AC3 audio / DTS / ... files have to be transcoded or recoded to play on this thing, which makes the interaction with DSVideo (synology) rather complicated).
- Synology for example will let you throw video or audio at it, but no photos.
- In windows you are limited to clone a chrome tab on the screen, but it's no true screen mirroring.

... Still waiting that someone comes up with a truly universal (and efficient) system before I change my TV to some smart TV that will be able to make good use of media servers and mobile devices. There are some models out there, but I wanted to keep this outside the TV, just use it as a monitor as those features evolve at a rate much faster than the rate at which we buy TV's (and I don't believe that any TV manufacturer will push firmware updates to stay up to date ... they normally want you to buy a new one every now and then eventhough you don't need it!).
 

scuba1954

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I have a windows desktop PC with 8,1 and I wanted to try screen mirroring with my roku3. I tried to follow the intructions from Roku and from here regarding using my PC but when I got the bar on the right side of my screen to come up I would choose the devices button then project but I never would see any add devices option. I would have to go to change PC setting then PC then devices. The first time I did this my PC found the roku. I clicked add then the roku screen said it us loading a video but it froze. I unplugged and then plugged it back in but now I can not find my pc no longer finds my ROKU3?? I have a second roku3 in my bedroom and my PC never has NEVER found this.
 

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scuba1954 this is happening to me right now. You have to remove the device manually and try again. Control Panel>Devices and Printers. Right click on your Roku 3 and remove. Keep in mind...I have done this about 15 times and it continues to get stuck on loading video. Extremely frustrating.
 

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I will try this when I get home. Thanks.
 
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