How do I get my Nexus 7 to work with a Miracast dongle?

Jack Wahrman December 31, 2014
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I have a Belkin Miracast dongle connected to my Vizio 50″ TV.  I can get my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to work with the Miracast adapter.  I can even get a low-priced off-brand tablet to work. But when I try my Nexus 7 2013, this is what happens:

  • The Nexus scans and finds my TV and I touch the TV model on the screen.
  • Now both my TV and my Nexus come up with the word “Connecting…”
  • After a few seconds the message on the Nexus now says “Cannot locate a nearby compatible device”

Yes, I enabled the Screen Cast on the Nexus. My distance from the Nexus to the TV is about 6 feet. What’s wrong?

  1. Davin Peterson
    January 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Check my video here on the Nexus 7 and NetGear PTV3000.

    • Kannon Y
      January 11, 2015 at 4:04 am

      Thank you so much Davin!! I really appreciate it!

  2. Kannon Y
    January 1, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Unfortunately, at the moment, it seems that each and every Miracast adapter has to be compatible with each and every chipset that implements wireless displays.

    I had the good fortune to test the 2013 Nexus 7 on a variety of Miracast adapters, including the Belkin adapter. Here's what I learned: Every time the firmware is updated on the Nexus 7, it breaks compatibility with all of the various Miracast adapters on the market. I'm not sure why this happened, because WiDi for Windows 8 worked on EVERY (compatible) Miracast adapter that I tried, with no latency and crystal clear picture image. I should note that Miracast and WiDi are now merged formats.

    Before I sold my beloved Nexus 7, I updated it to Lollipop. And, predictably, it broke compatibility with my NetGear PTV3000. I tried three different Lollipop devices and not one of them worked with any adapter. It looks like Lollipop simply broke the Miracast standard on all Android devices. Until Belkin updates their firmware, we won't be able to wirelessly sync our Android displays. I'm really sorry about not having an answer.

    You can continue to check for firmware updates for the Belkin adapter here:

    I checked and they do update the firmware regularly (last update 7/14), so they might update it for Lollipop. I suspect, though, that Lollipop needs to be updated before it works.

    • Jack Wahrman
      January 1, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you for being so clear. As you said it does not solve my problem. But I guess I'm not alone here. Thank you for the info

    • Davin Peterson
      January 9, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      My Nexus 7 2013 running Android Lollipop works with the NetGear PTV3000. Just make sure to update the firmware on the NetGear.

  3. ha14
    December 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Maybe Wi-Fi signal is weak
    Project your Android device’s screen
    The following Nexus and Google Play edition devices can share their screens with devices that support Wi-Fi Certified Miracast: Nexus 7 (2013)
    Miracast-certified device or visit the Wi-Fi Alliance website

    • Jack Wahrman
      January 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      I wish it were as simple as a week signal. I did mention that I have two other devices in the same room that work perfectly. Just the Nexus 7 that does not.

    • ha14
      January 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      you can try hard reset Nexus 7 to see if this can help maybe to try disable Hardware Overlay in developper Options?

      Wi-Fi Direct

    • Jack Wahrman
      January 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      I'll give it a try. Thank you

    • Jack Wahrman
      January 5, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Nothing much on my Nexus except Apps. So no harm in resetting. But before I try this I will try again tonight as I just switched Internet Providers. I was using Verizon 15mbps/15mbps. Now I'm Optimum at 50/50. Maybe it will work difefrently

    • ha14
      January 9, 2015 at 7:26 am

      let us know the outcome

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