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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by ferretkeeper, May 29, 2016.

  1. ferretkeeper

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    I have to split my time between Thailand where I'm married and the UK where I still have family and work. In the UK I have no broadband so I use an Osprey mini 2 mobile unit from EE. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S and I want to use it to show pictures, my own videos and possibly downloaded content on the BBC iPlayer on 2 TVs (not at the same time). Neither are equipped for this so I was considering Chromecast. The issue is the need for a WiFi connection. I don't want to stream content from the internet although it's possible I may occasionally want to show web pages or YouTube. Can I use my mobile hotspot to connect and mirror my tablet screen without using my data allowance?

    I've seen lots of information about Chromecast but nothing that really matches my situation.
     

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    That won't work with a Chromecast / Googlecast. It needs a WiFi router.

    It will work fine with a miracast device (screen mirroring direct from phone to tv) assuming you have a miracast compatible phone. Oddly enough, my nexus 6 requires root to enable miracast functionality.

    I have both devices (Chromecast and MWDA miracast). Chromecast is preferable when WiFi is available. Miracast is only option when WiFi is not available.
     
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    Thanks for that.
    I'll have to try Miracast which will probably do what I need or just get an adaptor to use HDMI which I already have The main reason for looking at Chromecast was that it might be better in the long term and my circumstances seem to change quite a bit.
     
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    Looking at reviews for the Osprey I saw this one which mentions connecting a Chromecast. I guess the Osprey basically provides a WiFi signal so it should be OK. The only thing I need to check is if I mirror my tablet and I'm showing local data will that count as chargeable data? I wouldn't think that it would buy I'm not sure.

    https://www.ergohacks.com/osprey-2-mifi-review/

    It's not for the Osprey mini but the Osprey is pretty much the same apart from a smaller battery and you can't charge your phone from it.
     
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