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EasyCast OTA Review: Wireless HDMI Display for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

EasyCast OTA: Wireless HDMI Display for Android, iOS, Windows

EasyCast OTA: Wireless HDMI Display for Android, iOS, Windows

Cheapest Wireless Display Dongle Found!

I usually buy my gadgets at Sim Lim Square when I needed urgently. I also prefer shopping at Singapore online sites like Qoo10 or Lazada for prompt shipping. But some items are just so much cheaper to buy from overseas shopping sites that it is worth it.

GearBest has become my favourite online shopping portal outside Singapore for gadgets, as some of their products are amazingly cheap compared to Aliexpress or Taobao. I was browsing through the catalog looking for great deals, and EasyCast OTA caught my eye. It is a HDMI dongle that uses the common wireless protocols like DLNA, Miracast, Airplay, EZAir to transmit videos and sound via Wi-Fi to the HDMI device.

I have always wanted to get a wireless display dongle, but in earlier Android versions, the Miracast did not work that well. Google Chromecast is only for Android devices and has content mirroring limitations. When I saw how inexpensive GearBest was selling it (I bought it at about US$13), I thought it is a good price to test out and post my EasyCast OTA review.

GearBest supports payment by PayPal, as well as major credit cards. Shipping is the most painful part, taking about 3 weeks to reach me. But well, I was prepared to wait.

Easy Connect

EasyCast OTA: Wireless HDMI Display for Android, iOS, Windows

I was surprised at how easy it was for Android devices to be connected wirelessly. First, connect the EasyCast OTA to the TV HDMI port and plug it to a USB power source. Fortunately for me, the USB port is right next to the HDMI port.

EasyCast OTA connects to TV

When you see the EasyCast OTA screen, press the button on the dongle to toggle to the type of connectivity that you want. Android is the easiest to connect: just go to the Android device and look for the wireless display menu setting under “Network/Wireless”.

For newer Samsung devices like Galaxy S6 or Note 5, you can see “Quick Connect” from the notification menu.

EasyCast OTA on Samsung Galaxy S6

For older Samsung devices like Galaxy Note PRO, select “Screen Mirroring” under Settings – Connections.

EasyCast OTA on Samsung Galaxy Note PRO

For ASUS Zenfone 2, look for “PlayTo” option under Settings – More.

EasyCast OTA on Zenfone 2

Mirror Everything

Once the connection is successful, your television will mirror the display and sound from your Android or iOS device. Resolution and frame rate is average with a slight acceptable lag which is expected of wireless display.

With compatible apps like YouTube, you will see the option to select the Easy Cast OTA directly as a display source. Depending on your Android device, you can choose whether to mirror the display or to disable the Android display. Devices with the latest Lollipop OS should also be able to connect to your wireless home network while using wireless display. If not, disconnect and reconnect.

EasyCast OTA: Wireless HDMI Display for Android, iOS, Windows

The Easy Cast OTA also supports DLNA, which is the standard for transmitting media over home network. This means you can also send music or video files from your iPhone, iPad, Windows or Mac to the television. Press the hardware button on the dongle to toggle the connectivity modes.

It’s Cheap and It Works

The Easy Cast OTA is an inexpensive device for the occasional need to broadcast portable devices to the large TV screen. It supports a wide range of devices and OSes. Gearbest.com is probably the cheapest online store that sells this product, with free shipping worldwide.

EasyCast OTA at Gearbest HDMI 1080P TV Stick Miracast DLNA WiFi Display Receiver Dongle for iOS Android Windows Phones Tablets Mac

3 Oct 2015: If you sign up ShopBack and click through to GearBest, ShopBack will give cashback for all purchases (read my review)!

Do you know of another site that sells for cheaper? Or is there any other wireless display dongle which you feel offers better value? Let me know with your comments below.

 

This article is not sponsored. The Gearbest.com URL (http://www.gearbest.com/networking-communication/pp_194421.html) links directly to the product page without any affiliate program tagged to me. If for any reason the link is broken, visit Gearbest.com directly and search for “EasyCast OTA”.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
EasyCast OTA
Author Rating
5
29 comments
  1. jason

    Hello Chester
    I am connecting with a chuwi vi8. I am not yet able to get past waiting for connection in both modes.
    I’ve noticed I am unable to connect to both WiFi and the ezicast at the same time.
    What could you suggest?
    Jason

    1. Chester Tan

      Hi Jason. Thanks for your sharing your issues. I don’t have much info on Chuwi but if VI8 has miracast then it should at least connect, though I suspect newer android versions might work better. Try to reboot both devices, and you should write to EasyCast support for further assistance.

  2. koala

    Hi, Nice review, very helpful. I have the same device, but for some reason, this system is not flawless, I mean, I tried it with iOS 9, from an iPad mini, also Android with a Lenovo K3 Note ( Android 5.0 ), and video playback is kind of choppy, definitely noticeable, sometimes the sound lags way behind the video, but it is perfect for displaying static content, like slideshows, pictures, websites, etc. Considering the price, it’s still nice.

  3. Eric

    “CHESTER TAN
    Thanks for your comments. Yes I do agree that streaming is not smooth at times.”

    If it’s junk, then just say “it’s junk.” Makes it a lot easier on the consumer.

  4. Paul

    Hello CHESTER,

    First of all thank you for this nice review.
    I have an issue though.
    I can’t connect to my Samsung tv (also not to LG tv).
    In the top right corner I see the signes of the earth, tablet and EC connected to each other, but it keeps saying: “Waiting for connection……”
    I can wait forever but it won’t connect. 🙁
    Tried both Miracast and DLNA with no result.
    What am I doing wrong? Any suggestion?

    Best regards,
    Paul
    the Netherlands

    1. Chester Tan

      Hi Paul. Sorry to hear of your unfortunate experience. If the handheld device (smartphone, tablet, laptop) did not indicate that the mirroring is successfully connected to EasyCast, then the device has not established the connection. If all looks connected but still no display, I would suggest you send a trouble ticket to the purchase source for further resolution.

  5. layang99

    Hi Chester

    I found another similar product – EasyCast 2.4G 5G WiFi Display Dongle. Not sure what is the difference in terms of mirroring smartphone screen to tv screen as compare with the OTA under review..

      1. layang99

        Hi Chester
        I noted that the modern cars are installed with Head Unit that has hdmi port. By using the dongle, one should be able to mirror google map on the phone to the car display using airplay or miracast … is this the correct understanding ?

  6. Borislav

    Hi ,

    Could you please assist in connecting the dongle with windows 7 ? Should I use any additional software and what to get it connetcted with the dongle?

    Best Regards

    Boris

  7. Ian Lee

    Hi I have a Samsung TV that supports mirroring from tablets. However my main objective is to watch programmed from the iOS Starhub Go app on the TV. My guess is that the Starhub Go app is not Allshare cast compliant so it can’t be mirrored. Do you think this dongle will solve my problem? Thanks in advance Chester

    1. Chester Tan

      Hi Ian. The dongle is able to mirror everything from the Android device, including StarHub Go app content and any other app content. However, my experience shows that the streaming might not be extremely smooth, to manage your expectations.

  8. Giovanni

    Hi CHESTER, I bought a EasyCast 2.4G 5G WiFi Display Dogle, is there any app or possibility to mirror web browsing on the TV? Thank you for your help. Giovanni

    1. Chester

      Hi! The EasyCast can mirror the entire display of the connected device to the TV. Just load the web browser on the device and it will mirror on the TV screen! EasyCast supports Windows, Android and Apple devices!

  9. Kim

    Hi Chester,
    I try mirror my laptop to TV in Miracast mode, after entering my password, but it didn’t work, the laptop screen ask for a pin # may be is not the password shows on my tv screen, I don’t have the pin #, can you help? Thanks.

  10. Cristiano Bruschini

    I own a RK2928 Anycast M2 PLUS chromecast miracast dongle DLNA Airplay Wi-Fi Display Miracast TV Dongle Multi-Display Receiver, after the update is no longer detected by the TV, why? Thank you.

  11. Giulio

    It’s impossible connect a PC to the dongle cause when you connect to the new device, the PC will lose its connection to internet. I tried with my Windows7 and with my wireless connection. No way to connect to another device :/
    Is there a way to connect to the device with my Kindle Fire? This KF actually connect to both wireless (on the contrary of my PC) but it’s impossible to connect to the device to mirror scree. Maybe I need some kind of app?

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