Screenmirroring – how to connect your Samsung Note Tablet with any kind of projector, TV or Screen

You have a Samsung GALAXY Note Tablet (e.g. GALAXY Tab A 9.7, GALAXY Note 10.1. (2014 Edition) or GALAXY NotePRO) and want to connet it with a projector, TV or any other screen?

There are several ways to do that. Since most of todays projectors, TVs or screens have either an HDMI or VGA connector we focus on solutions for these two.

We propose the three best ways for each in this article.

Solutions for HDMI

If your desired target screen has an HDMI connector, your best options are (in descending order):

Link to our step by step how-to Required Prerequisites Pros Cons
Best Option Use an HDMI Dongle

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  • HDMI Dongle (e.g. Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter or similar)
  • our favorite option – best screen quality, no cable – so you can walk around during presentations
  • works all devices we tested
  • (may sometimes show a dark screen when you are not interacting with the tablet)
Second Choice How-to: AllShare Link Cast Dongle

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  • Samsung EAD-T10E Link Cast Dongle
  • our second favorite option – best screen quality, no cable – so you can walk around during presentations
  • may not work with every HDMI cable sind the version of the standard may be a different one – try to use the cable which comes with the Dongle when you can to prevent any problems
Third Choice How-to: SideSync

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  • Laptop (Windows or Mac OS)
  • Samsung SideSync software (free)
  • the software SideSync is free and since most people have a Laptop with them, no further Hardware is required
  • you have to carry a second device next to your tablet
  • the screen quality using the WIFI connection with SideSync is not as good as the one with the USB cable
  • using the USB-cable limits your mobility
Back-Up Choice MHL-Adapter

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  • MHL-Adapter for the USB Port of your tablet
  • easy to use, reliable
  • your mobility is restricted due to the cables attached to your tablet

Solutions for VGA

If your desired target screen has an VGA connector, things get more complicated. But it is still possible: you basically have the same options as above, but you have to use a VGA converter in combination with the first two options:

Links to step by step solutions Required Prerequisites Pros Cons
Option 1
Wireless Screen Sharing for Android Devices with VGA
  • Samsung EAD-T10E Link Cast Dongle
  • VGA Converter
  • no cables attached to your tablet – best mobility
  • getting the connection to your target screen is tricky because you need to know the exact timing when to connect the cables during the connection process
Option 2
Screen Sharing for Android Devices using a VGA Cable
  • MHL-Adapter for the USB Port of your tablet
  • VGA Converter
  • easy to use, reliable
  • your mobility is restricted due to the cables attached to your tablet
Option 3: Workaround using a Laptop
How-to: SideSync
  • Laptop (Windows or Mac OS) with port or adapter for VGA
  • Samsung SideSync software (free)
  • the software SideSync is free and since most people have a Laptop with them, no further Hardware is required
  • you have to carry a second device next to your tablet
  • the screen quality using the WIFI connection with SideSync is not as good as the one with the USB cable
  • using the USB-cable limits your mobility

More options

For screen mirroring we also use the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter V2. The setup is as easy as using the Samsung AllShare Link Cast Dongle and our tablets showed the adapter in the notification panel as well. The Wireless Display Adapter does seem to work with any HDMI-cable which makes it even more reliable as the AllShare.

We also tried the Google Cromecast with an HDMI port (may also work with an VGA Converter but we din’t try yet). Our experience was mixed: while mirroring the screen from the tablet to a TV the screen froze after a few minutes. Further the chromecast only works when connected to a local WLAN – which may not be available at every location you visit.

Of course there are further options, we didn’t try yet so we can’t say anything out of experience right now:

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick (HDMI, may also work with an VGA Converter)
  • Connect to projectors or screens with a built-in Miracast protocol (should work directly without any adaptors or dongles)

Any questions? !

Wireless Screen Sharing for Android Devices with VGA

Sometimes you want to give a presentation or moderate a meeting in a building where no HDMI projector can be found – only VGA devices are available.

Another situation might be, that the HDMI cable coming from the projector is built into the wall and does not work wiht your AllShare Link Cast Dongle (e.g. it has the wrong HDMI standard).

In both cases you are stuck with the “good old” VGA. How can you start your screen mirroring anyway?

There are two solutions: a wireless one we describe here and another one using a cable (see Screen Sharing for Android Devices using a VGA Cable).

What you need

How to Connect your Tablet to a VGA Device (typically an old Projector)

Working with a VGA converter is a bit tricky – the order and timing in which you have to connect the different cables is essential. The working solution we tested is the following:

  1. Connect your AllShare Link Cast Dongle to a power source – do NOT connect the HDMI cable to the converter (just to the Dongle)
  2. Connect the converter via VGA to the projector and to a power source
  3. Start the screen mirroring on your tablet (like shown in our how-to using HDMI), then do the following:
    1. Wait until the LED on the Dongle lights up in blue (steady – not blinking!) – then wait aprox. 2 seconds…
    2. …and connect the HDMI cable to the converter

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Now you should have a wireless connection to the projector. At the beginning you have to practice a little to adjust the timing.

Once the connection is established, you can even switch to another source on the projector and back or remove the VGA cable from the projector temporarily without loosing the connection between the Dongle and tablet. This way you can hook up the connection before a session and then give other speakers the stage in the meantime. Try to not disconnect the tablet with the dongle (e.g. don’t shut down the WLAN) before you finished your presentation.

Have a good presentation or meeting!

If you have any questions or need furhter information please use the comments below or . We are happy to help you!

Screen Sharing for Android Devices using a VGA Cable

Sometimes you want to give a presentation or moderate a meeting in a building where no HDMI projector can be found – only VGA devices are available.

Another situation might be, that the HDMI cable coming from the projector is built into the wall and does not work wiht your AllShare Link Cast Dongle (e.g. it has the wrong HDMI standard).

In both cases you are stuck with the “good old” VGA. How can you start your screen mirroring anyway?

There are two solutions: a wireless one (see Wireless Screen Sharing for Android Devices with VGA) and another one using an MHL-Adapter cable we describe here.

What you need

How to Connect your Tablet to a VGA Device (typically an old Projector)

  1. Connect your VGA converter to a power source
  2. Connect the VGA cable to the projector
  3. Connect the HDMI-Adapter to the tablet
  4. Connect the HDMI cable to both adapters
  5. Choose the right source (VGA) on the projector

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Have a good presentation or meeting!

If you have any questions or need furhter information please use the comments below or . We are happy to help you!

Alternatives to the Samsung AllShare LinkCast Dongle for Sharing your Android Tablet Screen

You want to share your mobile screen wireless using an alternative to the AllShare LinkCast Dongle? Here we propose a solution.

What you need:

  • Your Android tablet. We tested it with several devices running Android 5.
  • HDMI compatible display or projector (or VGA when you use a VGA Converter in Addition)
  • Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter V2 #CommissionsEarned via Amazion Associate Program (or similar HDMI-Dongles e.g. VicTsing 2,4 G HDMI Miracast Dongle)
  • Charger for USB (we used the one from our tablets)
  • Win 8.1 or 10 device with the Wireless Display Adapter App to make firmware update (you only need this if you have the first version of the microsoft wireless display adapter)
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The Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. In version 1 it comes with an extension for the HDMI male connector – in version 2 for the USB connector.

Setting up the Wireless Connection

1. Preparation (only for version 1 of Microsoft Display Adapter – you can skip this otherwise)

Before you can get a connection between your Android device (at least when you have Android 5) and your HDMI Display you need to update the firmware of your Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Do the following:

  1. Download and install the free Wireless Display Adapter App
  2. Plug the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter into the HDMI slot of your display or projector and connect it to the power source
  3. Connect your Windows Device with the Adapter
  4. Open the App and go to “Firmware” and follow the instructions to update the firmware
  5. After the update you may also change the name of your adapter

2. Connect your Android device

  1. Plug the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter into the HDMI slot of your display or projector and connect it to the power source (you may use your charger from the tablet if no USB port is available)
  2. Turn on WiFi (if there is a known WiFi network wait until it is connected)
  3. Choose “Screen Mirroring” from the settings menu or from the notification panel

We prefer using the notification panel, since you are way faster, than when you open up the settings menu first. In the beginning of this video, we show you how to configure your notification panel for this purpose.

Side Note

At some locations you can’t reach the projector because it is fixed to the ceiling or similar and at the speakers desk there is only a male HDMI cable coming out. In this situations you need a HDMI female to female adapter in your pocket. We used one from HDMI zu HDMI Female Adapter, but you may use any adapter of your choice.

This way we share the screen from our mobile wiheboard software Mind-Objects during meetings, making them more productive.

Have a good presentation!

If you have any questions or need further information please use the comments below or. We are happy to help you!

Screen Mirroring between a Samsung GALAXY Note Tablet and a projector using an MHL-Adapter

Using an MHL Adapter is one of the easiest ways to connect your Samsung GALAXY NotePRO or GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) with any other screen, projector or TV via HDMI.

We tested the Samsung HDMI-Adapter MHL 3.0 EE-HN910. (As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases)

With our devices it worked with and without an aditional power source (not shipped with the adapter, you can use the one from your smartphone). We tested it with Full HD screens and different projectors. The order in which you connect the different cables didn’t matter either.

So it’s fairly simple: just connect the different cables and the screen mirroring starts automatically.

If you prefer connecting your device wireless have a look at our respective howto.

Any questions?!

Share your Samsung GALAXY Note Tablet Screen via Internet (or locally) using SideSync

What you need

  • A SAMSUNG tablet running Android 5 or higher (here we used a Samsung GALAXY NotePRO SM-P 905)
  • A Windows or MAC laptop / desktop computer
  • An online-meeting tool (e.g. Skype, Webex, Adobe Connect)

Installation

  1. To install SideSync download and install the software from http://www.samsung.com/us/sidesync/ on your PC or MAC.
  2. Install the SideSync App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sec.android.sidesync30 on your Tablet.

How to Connect your Tablet to a PC or MAC

Using WLAN to Connect

Connect your tablet (Android 5 or higher required) and your PC or MAC device with the same WLAN.

Using a USB-Cable to Connect

Connect your tablet (Android 5 or higher required) and your PC or MAC device using a usb-cable. The advantage: your image quality is better than using WLAN.

How to start the Screen Mirroring

As soon as you connected your tablet with your PC or MAC:

1) Start SideSync on your PC or MAC

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Normally SideSync automatically builds up the connection to your tablet, but you can also start SideSync on your tablet manually.

2) After the connection was established the following window should appear on your PC or MAC:

Hit the button "Tablet screen".
2) Hit the button “Tablet screen”.

Now you can see the screen of your tablet and interact with it. But you won’t see anything on the tablet and thus not yet be able to use the S-Pen.

3) On the window “Tablet screen”:

3) Open the menu in the upper left corner by pressing the arrow button.

4) Choose “Tablet Screen Mirroring” from the drop down menu:

Select "Tablet Screen Mirroring"
4) Select “Tablet Screen Mirroring” (German: “Präsentationsmodus aktivieren”)

Now you can use your tablet as usual with the S-Pen and your screen is being displayed on your PC or MAC.

5) To enable full screen hit the respective button on the upper right:

Use the button in the upper right to go to fullscreen with Mind-Objects in SideSync
5) Use the button in the upper right to go to fullscreen with Mind-Objects in SideSync

How to prevent your Windows Computer from going to sleep during the presentation

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Go to “power settings”
Go to “power & sleep”, then chose “never” for screen and standby

Sharing the Screen

Now you can share your screen displayed on your PC or MAC with any audience:

  1. (locally) through connecting a projector or TV to your PC or MAC (which is connected to your tablet via SideSync)
  2. or (via internet) through using any online meeting software like Skype / Webex / Adobe Connect etc.

We used SideSync in a presentation – have a look how it works in action:

Have a good meeting or presentation!

For any further questions don’t hesitate to write us in the comments below or . We are happy to help you!

How to Connect your Samsung GALAXY Note Tablet to a Projector or Screen wireless using the AllShare EAD-T10E Link Cast Dongle

What you need

(The above links to hardware are Amazon Associate links, we earn from qualifying purchases)

Setting up the Wireless Connection

The video shows the following steps for connecting your tablet via a Link Cast Dongle to another screen (wireless):

  1. Connect the power supply to the Dongle
  2. Plug in the HDMI cable (preferrably use the one shipped with the dongle, since not every cable has the required HDMI standard)
  3. If you connect your tablet with the dongle for the first time, press the button on the Dongle (do that before you start any connection on the tablet – otherwise we experienced problems)
  4. Turn on WiFi (if there is a known WiFi network wait untill it is connected)
  5. Choose “Screen Mirroring” from the settings menu or from the notification panel (if you have a new Dongle, usually the Firmware is beeing updated via the tablet, don’t disconnect it during the process)

We prefer using the notification panel, since you are way faster, than when you open up the settings menu first. In the beginning of the video, we show you how to configure your notification panel for this purpose.

Side note:

Alternatively you may use a micro-USB cable (not shipped with the Dongle) to connect the power supply to a screen directly. This works with most TVs, since they have the USB port right next to an HDMI port:

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If you are looking for an alternative to the AllShare LinkCast Dongle look at this post: Alternatives to the Samsung AllShare LinkCast Dongle for Sharing your Android Tablet Screen

Have a good presentation!

If you have any questions or need further information please use the comments below or. We are happy to help you!