Review: Wecast Miracast HDMI Wireless Dongle

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ChinaBuye gave us the opportunity to review the WeCast Miracast Wireless Display Dongle. Besides this written review a Youtube review is made which can be found on this page. The question that had was: Is the dongle a good working alternative to a Chromecast? After reading this review you will get the answer.

Within 7 days the parcel arrived and the WeCast Dongle was ready to get tested. The first impressions is that the dongle looks quite similar to a Chromecast dongle and that the set up should be straight forward.

The parcel includes a HDMI Dongle(34X70mm), USB power cable with WiFi receiver and a multilingual installation manual in English and Chinese. The WeCast Miracast dongle has an HDMI output, an USB input and Reset button next to the USB input.

Specifications according ChinaBuye

  • CPU: RK2928, 1.2GHz, Cortex A9
  • HD video decoder(1080p@60fps)
  • RAM: 256MB DDR3
  • Operating system: Linux OS, Kernel: 3.0.8+
  • WiFi: 820.11 b/g/n
  • Miracast: for Android 4.2 or above
  • DLNA: Digital Living Network Alliance
  • Airplay: for IOS device
  • I/O: HDMI 1.4; micro usb port for power supply
  • Support Miracast, DLNA wireless transmission protocol.
  • Airplay: Support video and picture pushing, mirror image function
  • DLNA: Display photo, audio and videos base on DLNA protocol, Android OS
  • Miracast/WI-FI Display: Base on WIFI Direct
  • Support Android phones: For SAMSUNG Note3/Galaxy S3/ Galaxy S4, For MI 2/MI 2S GIONEE OPPO find5 ZTE nubia AMOI N828
  • Support tablets: Android 4.2 OS

Installation on TV

Installing the dongle was easy and as expected straight forward due to its plug in  play feature. Set the right source (HDMI) on your television, connect the HDMI first in the television and then connect the USB cable. Within a few seconds the dongle starts in  the so called  Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) mode. On your TV screen information is displayed which is needed for further installation (see picture below). See the Youtube  movie below on how this is done.

wecast screen

Installation on PC/Laptop

Get a device with a Wi-Fi connection and connect to the Wi-Fi name given on the TV screen. In our situation we connected to “Wifi Wecast-c88bb3” and standard password “12345678”. When your device is connected enter the following address in your internet browser 192.168.49.1/index.html. You should a similar screen like below. Clicking on the Wi-Fi icon will give you the option to connect the dongle to your home Wi-Fi connected which will provide you internet on the dongle.

– Clicking on the Refresh icon will give you the option to switch between DLNA and Miracast mode. Miracast is a type of connection that transfer HMDI output through Wi-Fi which will be mainly used with laptops and computers.
– Clicking on the Play icon will you the ability to control the Wecast dongle and duplicate your screen from the desired device.
– Clicking on the Gear icon will give you options to change settings.

Wecast Login Screen

Windows 8

Streaming the Windows 8 laptop to the TV screen was easy, simple use the Miracast mode and select second screen Devices–> Project. The Miracast mode can also be used by tablets and Android phones. See Youtube review how this is done.
Streaming music, pictures and smaller movies (longer loading time) are running very smoothly within five meters. According to the specifications the control distance is up top 15 meters, but in practice, this will be around 5 meters. Especially movies won’t run smoothly since not enough data can be transferred.

Apple & Android Devices

When you got a Apple related device (iPad, iPhone or Mac) you can connect through the Airplay mode. After selected the Wecast through Airplay the device will directly stream the screen to your television. This connection works fine, but we noticed that larger and high-quality movies are testing the limits. Music and pictures of all formats run smoothly on the TV screen.

A remarkable thing is that the streamed movies from my iPhone are shown upside down. After trial and error it was fixed, no clue what happened. A big disappointment was that, despite all efforts, no Youtube streaming on the Wecast could be realised. Web browsing was also no option.

Since also Android devices are inseparable in an average life we tested a Android tablet and phone. It was quite a puzzle to get the right application which is compatible with the Wecast dongle. “All Cast”, “Wifi Display” and “Streamcast” were tested and after all “All cast” was the easiest and friendliest one. In the app we set up the right Miracast settings and voila it streamed smoothly. But for turning back to the DLNA mode, we had to press the reset button since switching could not be realised.

In the following Youtube review you will find how to install and stream the Wecast on a laptop or iPhone! It will give you a good impression on the quality and display delay.

 

Overall

The Wecast dongle is an affordable device which is installed quickly on a computer, and it’s plug and play feature. Connect the dongle is straightforward. The DLNA mode works perfectly within 5 meters. After this distance streaming movies has difficulties but music and pictures still work fine. Due to its pocket size format the dongle can easily take to friends. The Wecast is ideal for projectors with an HDMI output since no cable have to used. If bigger distances should be covered we recommend a bit more expensive dongle which has the capacity to transfer more wireless data.A big disappointment is that you often have to reset the entire dongle when you are not using it regularly. CompareImports is sure that Wecast will soon come with a newer and better dongle and we cannot wait for it to try it.

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103 Comments

  • just got a wecast dongle but it wont power on using the tv usb or a separate charger. the dongle powers on when connected separately from the cable that came the dongle.

  • Thank you

  • What is the password for these things? Not in the box or with instructions

    • In our situation we connected to “Wifi Wecast-c88bb3” and standard password “12345678”.

      Ronald – CI Crew

  • Dongle

  • Heloo,
    I have problem with mychrome cast. When I try to cennect with my Tv it say that my psaword is too short,that there should be 8 numbers and on my tv it is 4b0862. What schould i do. Pls help me.

  • Salve ho comperato il Wecast per collegare il pc fisso con windows 7 al televisore, ho provato ma non ci sono riuscito, vorrei un aiuto con i passaggi dettagliati da fare o se devo scaricare un programma specifico, Grazie

  • Hi just try to play a tv show from iPad it’s says it’s not connected to tv. How do I fix it to work?

  • Hello
    My iPhone 5 can’t connected with WECAST i need help,
    I receive message ( impossible to connect) When i click to the button Airplay
    And my tv screen stay on the WECAST menu

    • Hi I have the same problem as you, wecast does not work on ios 10 airplay mirroring. Is there any firmware update available? (any method to check am i using the latest version?)

  • Any update about this topic that doen’t work after the update?

  • Hi

  • My Wecast will not connect to my ANY MOBILE WIFI NOT WORK can you explain?

    • hello
      I can not find the wifi mycast in laptob

  • Nice link

  • Hi

    I can’t connect with my Iphone i don’t see the SSID on my Wi-Fi connecter.

    Can everybody help me?

    • Same problem here, did u find the solution?

  • Hi

  • Nice

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  • Bonjour moi j ai acheter ce produit pas tout à fait le même mes sa me dit que le page Web et inaccessible . Je n arrive donc à rien quelqu’un peu m’aidee

  • tous est installé comme precu,maintenant je suis en attente connection depuis des heures et rien ,c’est marqué “waiting for connection….”,il y’a une solution pour cela?merci

  • hi everyone, I just buy this product but I don’t know how to find its password, anybody can help me?

    • password = 12345678

  • Everything goes fine until I switch to Miracast at which point everything freezes and stays frozen until I press the reset button. I am using Windows 10.

    Anyone have an answer to this?

    • Hi! I´m using a W10 tablet too. If you go to configuration (in your tablet), then Devices and Add a New Device, the tablet should be able to find the Wecast (as a new projector device) in Miracast Mode. It should start mirroring you tablet. It worked to me!
      Good Luck!

  • How to update Wecast vesion 3.50.00 to version 3.65?

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  • Very disappointed that it can’t support Youtube Video Streaming …

  • not able to log in to the 192.168.49.1. the broweser its a wrong address. How should you connect then? would like to understand the process of connecting you tube . as the phone can connect only one wifi connection not the multiple one.

    pls. help. regards

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  • Nao to conseguindo regintra meu anycast

  • Hello I have the same problem, after updating my TV does not see the dongle any more. Just shows NO SIGNAL ! How to manually reset the dongle to factory setting please solve my problems

  • Hello I have the same problem, after updating my TV does not see the dongle any more. Just shows NO SIGNAL ! How to manually reset the dongle to factory settings?

  • I just got my Miradisplay, and http://192.168.49.1 doesn’t work and neither does http://192.168.203.1, that’s listed on the opening screen.

    • That insight solves the prbelom. Thanks!

  • I can’t send rioter up tell me to activate my anycast device

  • il mio wecast ha funzionato bene col mio cell android per un po di tempo , adesso i video si vedono a scatto , ne ho acquistati altri 2 per regalarli , ho fatto un grosso errore nemmeno quelli regalati funzionano a dovere . il pc nn si è mai configurato con la chiavetta , sconsiglio veramente questo articolo perchè nn funziona a dovere . meglio spendere qualcosa in + e comprare un altro articolo + compatibile .

  • hi everyone
    i have been using my wecast dongle without any problem for a long time. now when i connect to my tv and it says new firmware found and it loads until%100 then. then it showing “firmware error! try reboot and download again. please how do i update to 3.65.0
    i use iPhone 6 iOS 9.1.1 please any help will be much appreciated. Many thanks

  • I need help my miracast isn’t displaying anything on my tv

  • My miracast isn’t displaying anything at all how do I go about it I need help ?

    • You have to plug both the HDMI and the USB jack into the HDMI and USB ports of your TV. The HDMI will be the signal and the USB will be its power supply.

  • Recast can view from iphone 6 to TV but the movie stop an run every 30 second do you know a solution or how can be fix

  • Je viens de réservoir le mien…un problème se heurte à moi….j’arrive pas à ouvrir le lien de appel :miracast mode. Je suis sur Android : Samsung galaxy s6edge.
    Donc si vous pouvez m’aide…cordialement

  • Necesito urgente esta aplicacion

  • My iPhone 5 don’t give me the mirroring options, what I can do ?

    • My ipad

    • Hello
      My iPhone 5 can’t connected
      I receive message ( impossible to connect) When i click to the button Airplay

  • all right until you reach the part of the remote, squeeze play and do nothing, not doubles the screen and not transmitting anything, but when connected to my WiFi network.
    I use windows 7

  • Sorry to be stupid but have just unpacked my wecast, plugged it into HDMI and a powers source through the USB. Screen has come up brilliantly, but what do I do now? Where is the reset button you’re talking about?I have a Samsung galaxy tablet and smartphone.Please help a 75 year old lady. Thank you.

  • Miracast mode won’t work on Windows 10.
    In Action center I press Connect but nothing happens.
    Wecast is connected properly. In Settings menu there is a TV Display box with a default number 100. What does this refer to?

    • It Works on my Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10.

      • hi i conect wecast with windows 10 and it dkesnt working.need help please

  • How to reset it It’s not showing on my iPhone or iPad even on the laptop wifi

  • When I connect to 192.168.49.1 it asks for a username and password. What are the defaults for this?

  • I’m all set up but I don’t understand what button do I press for 3 seconds to confirm the update?

    • Press the mode button of the wecast dongle for 3 secs and release. It will then shows the update status..

      • I have just updated wecast to version 3.65.00 but its just stand still, no reaction on pressing the button and i can not connect via wi-fi? Can I somehow do factory reset?

        • Hello I have the same problem, after updating my TV does not see the dongle any more. Just shows NO SIGNAL ! How to manually reset the dongle to factory settings?

        • The same thing happened to me. The dongle downloaded the update and installed it properly, but it didn’t reboot on its own and I was not able to reboot it using the mode button. After a while, I decided to disconnect it from the TV and reconnect it. This worked perfectly! After reconnection, I could see it had upgraded to version 3.65.00 and it worked perfectly with Android OS. With iOS, it mirrors fine except when replaying videos from YouTube (it freezes and doesn’t play them back)

        • where have you found the 3.65.00 update?

      • Hello I have the same problem, after updating my TV does not see the dongle any more. Just shows NO SIGNAL ! How to manually reset the dongle to factory settings?

        • Same here……Help someone please

          • same here
            disconnectet it from the Tv now 12 times….

        • Hello I have the same problem, after updating my TV does not see the dongle any more. Just shows NO SIGNAL ! How to manually reset the dongle to factory settings

        • Hello I have the same problem, after updating my TV does not see the dongle any more. Just shows NO SIGNAL ! How to manually reset the dongle to factory settings place solve my problems ………..

      • thanks it work

  • Hi I have one
    Work with my Android phone, but when I connect the laptop to connect to the dongle, but the image does not travel!
    Laptop models: Dell 1510
    Windows: 10
    (With Windows 8.1, but I did not try)

  • hi i have one but not concted i dont now why

    • If you have an IOS9 device, the Wecast cannot support IOS9, i’m waiting an update, my version is 3.61.00.

      • I’ve just bought this and found it not to work with my iOS 9 devices, but also not on my macbook pro with OS X El Capitan installed… How long have you been waiting for an update?

  • Como istalar

  • My old Nokia works with it (by dlna), but my Apple devices (iphone 5, iPad4 and iPhone Air 2) does not work: i’ll get access to my Wi-Fi and the Wecast but AirPlay and mirroring does nothing. Any help?

  • hi!,I really like your writing very much! percentage we be in contact extra about your post on AOL? I require an expert in this area to solve my problem. Maybe that is you! Looking ahead to look you.

  • My Wecast will not connect to my home WiFi can you explain??

  • ssid;anycast 7ce98

  • I had been a user of the C2 wecast for the past 6 months. I have an IPhone and recently I upgrade my IOS to 9.0.2 and since I upgrade I am unable to use the C2 for mirror casting. It connects fine but it doesn’t project the data on the tv.

    Does anyone have a fix for this?

  • After the first successful use, the wifi isn’t (no signal), and the reset button is also not active. What shall I try to solve, before claim? Tks

  • After the first use wifi is not working (no signal) and reset button is not active (no change). What shall I try to solve the problem, before I claim? Tks

  • ok got my wecast set up the internet etc.then went to 123movies.to and opened a film i then slid upwards on my ipad and went to airplay it sound the wecast airmode i clicked on it.
    and the movie came on for about a 10th of a second and then went off and i lost the connection to airplay any ideas as to why i cant stream movies of the net.
    from my ipad 4 cheers

  • I have just received my Wecast and I plugged it in the HDMI port but I don’t have a usb port on my tv, so is it still possible to use it? Really want to sort this out!

    • Connect sub to wall socket. You might need an extension . No probs. Hope that helps you.

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  • please moderator, I will like know if this device and stream live events on your phones like youtube

  • This really answered my drawback, thank you!

  • When I type ip addres on the web browser, I accidentally press switch , now wecast wifi is detected , before I can detect , I already reset my wecast , reboot my router, still wecast wifi cant detecCTctbt, pls help , thx

  • bjr, j’ai installer le wecast c2 avec wifi ok sur tele….comment ensuite basculer l’ecran du pc sur tv? je permutte en dupliquer deuxieme ecran mais rien ne se passe,mon ecran tv reste sur le menu du wecast….merci de votre aide vers email

    xavier

  • Hi, since the Wecast isn’t that great, can you review the “All Cast” dongle? Thank you in advance!

  • Necesito esta aplicacion

  • Ya pude transmitir videos imagenes musica pero lo que no puedo es transmitir videos de you tube o de nexflix ¿como le puedo hacer?

    • Enrutar…..

  • Idont now

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    • It would have been a 5 star had the dongle was able to cast directly from my Panasonic Camera instead of having to download my photos to my tablet/cel phone in order to view on the TV.

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  • Connected dongle HDMI and sub to Windows 10 laptop address. 192.168.49.1/index.html in address bar does not work …..needs help

  • Will I be able to view the photos in my Panasonic zs40 camera using the DLNA or Miracast?

  • tengo un tv samsung y no e podido usar mi wecast con mi celular sony xperiaz3 que hacer

  • I can conected to wecast, wath can i do.?Cuando intento conectar dice conexion limitada.

  • The following applications you can download to connect the wecast with your phone:
    DLNA Player, AllStream, iMediaShare and Airwire available at Google Play

  • what app to download to connect my phone to wecast can i watch youtube from my phone

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