Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

This is the proprietary Intel WIDI certified wireless display adapter for streaming video, pictures, games and audio on larger screens. The second version of the Microsoft Wireless Display adapter features lower latency. The adapter requires no external power unit as it is powered through a USB socket. It supports the Wi-Fi certified Miracast technology, so the apps and content choice is unlimited. It works with any TV, screen projector or display with the HDCP support.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter


  • Compatibility: Surface Book/Surface Pro 4/Surface 3/Surface Pro 3/Surface 2/Surface Pro/Surface Pro 2.
  • Dimensions: 4.07 x .87 x .43 in.
  • Cable length: 11.8 in.
  • Weight: 1.17 lbs.
  • Connector type: HDMI (powered through USB).
  • RF Range: up to 22.9 feet.
  • System requirements: Windows 10, 8.1 with Miracast support.
  • Hardware requirements: X86, X64, ARM platform, HDCP support.
  • Special features: PCM Audio format support, audio and video receiver, pairing with multiple devices.
  • Warranty: 1 year limited.
  • Windows Certification Kit (WCK): ID: 1784646 Windows 10 (64-bit) and 8.1 (64-bit).
  • Price: $ 49.95.


How to connect a Microsoft Wireless Display to a Surface tablet or Surface book. It is very easy:

  • First go to the Windows Store, find Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter app and download it.
  • Locate the HDMI and the USB port on the TV or the display. If the device lacks the USB port, use a phone charger or an external power brick.
  • Plug the wireless adapter’s connectors to the corresponding ports.
  • Set the input to HDMI on the HDTV, monitor, or projector.
  • Swipe in from the right edge of the Surface screen, or select Action Center Action Center icon in the taskbar.
  • Select Connect, and in the list of displays, select the name of the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.

You can also make your connection secure by setting the PIN code:

  • Go to Start, select All Apps > Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
  • Under Pairing mode, select Requires PIN code to pair.

The Surface device you connected that way will be always remembered, but when detecting another Surface or other gadget, the system prompts you to enter a PIN Windows remembers connected devices, so the adapter won’t prompt you to enter a PIN, randomly displayed by the TV or monitor. Remember, that this type of authorization protects the pairing channel, NOT your personal data! If you’re sensitive about your Surface content, don’t let the culprits to have your tablet or Surface Book.

You can rename your Wireless Adapter:

  • Go to Start, select All Apps > Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
  • Under Adapter settings, select the name of the adapter. If the name looks dimmed, the adapter settings might be locked. At the bottom of the screen, select Create password, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Enter a new name for your adapter, and press Enter.
  • Re-connect the Wireless Adapter under the new name. Tip: you can name the adapter after the TV brand or location, i. e. “Sitting Room TV” or “LG TV”.


If your Wireless Adapter keeps on disconnecting, check the power supply. Some USB ports aren’t powerful enough. Use an external charger or the Surface Dock instead.


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This post currently has 4 responses

  • My wireless display adapter doesn’t work well. It isn’t costly but it isn’t worth the money I’ve paid for it.

  • Hi, I wonder why the Chinese sell display adapters for half the price Microsoft is offering. Yes, I understand that talking about quality and so on, but come on, if it were a very bad quality, they wouldn’t allow it go through the customs, right?

  • > Start, select All Apps > Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter.
    On what device? The TV? Plug this into my Laptop. Start has no All Apps option in start.

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