Screen Mirroring: Through embedded Miracast technology, Samsung partners can eliminate cables, cords, and projectors from customer conference rooms.

Displays and visual output are no longer dependent on cables. The same technology that allows home consumers to put up their feet and stream movies and video games wirelessly to their big-screen televisions is gaining traction in the business market as users look to shed cables, cords, and wires that tangle around desks and conference rooms.

Picture this: A company wants to get the most out of its conference room space and wireless technology. Its individual users put a lot of work into creating killer presentations, complete with PowerPoint slides, browser windows, and other documentation, but they don’t have the time and patience to lug out multiple cables, power cords, and projectors every time they want to showcase their work at a meeting. Neither do they have the inclination to call in their busy IT team to configure devices or run wires every time there’s a conferenceon the calendar.

Enterscreen mirroring, which allows users to wirelessly duplicate their Samsung device screens on larger displays.

Thanks to the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard by the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2013, users can mirror the displays of their Miracast-certified laptops, tablets, and phones on any Miracast-capable commercial display or video wall.

Atthe crux of Miracast is the Wi-Fi Direct standard (WiDi), which allows devices to connect point-to-point without an Internet connection, and without any bulky cables. Miracast supports the streaming of 1080p video and 5.1 surround sound, and it also employs WPA2 encryption to secure the connection between devices.

For WiDi to work seamlessly across devices, they all need to have operating system, wireless chipset, and driver support.

Most newer Samsung devices support screen mirroring, and that includes the company’s Android-based Galaxy smartphones and Note tablets, Windows 10-based GalaxyTabPro S, and Smart TVs. For older displays that aren’t Miracast-certified, there are workarounds – dongles and set-top boxes, for example – such as Samsung’s AllShare Cast Hub.

More recent OSes, including Windows 8.1 or later, Windows Phone 8.1, Android 4.4 orlater, and BlackBerry 10.2.1 or later, support the wireless standard. Windows10, when running laptops and tablets using at least Intel’s fourth- and fifth-generation Core processors, or Intel’s 7260 wireless chip, supports WiDinatively with built-in technology from the CPU vendor.

Samsung’s TabPro S, the vendor’s latest and greatest 2-in-1, offers just the right chip-OS combination (Intel’s sixth-gen Core M CPU and Windows 10), plus a lightweight form factor (less than2 pounds), to make it an ideal choice for highly mobile professionals that want to leverage WiDi when making presentations, collaborating with teams, orsharing visual aids.

The convertible’s long battery life (10-plus hours) comes in handy with screen mirroring as well, especially when a mobile device using WiDi to share its display needs to be awake continuously during a presentation.

For Samsung partners, embedded screen-sharing technology is a huge selling point for devices and attached services. Samsung devices come with a lot of functionality and value. With Miracast technology, solution providers can help untangle customers’ cable snake pits, creating cleaner and more productive office environments.