can anyone tell me the difference between DLNA and Miracast, especially the technologies underneath?


  • 2
    I'm not quite sure this is an Android related question.
    – Lie Ryan
    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:06
  • Miracast was introduced in Android 4.2, where else have you seen it?
    – est
    Nov 1, 2012 at 8:58
  • It is like asking about USB cable or GSM antenna or LiON battery, if the question are not Android-specific issue of the technology, they are generally considered off topic. Although the enforcement for these specific kind of questions have been quite lax, and I've been guilty answering a few such questions in the past.
    – Lie Ryan
    Nov 1, 2012 at 9:32
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    This article discusses the differences.
    – THelper
    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:35
  • May I/we edit the question to address the user experience and use of these as a way to use an external display given an Android device? That is what I am after and is Android-specific.
    – user29020
    Sep 12, 2014 at 15:20

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okay since no one is willing to answer this question, I figured something out myself.

Here's the key points:


  • TCP level, HTTP+SOAP interface based on UPnP technology
  • pull & push media contents
  • remote control play/pause/seek


  • transport layer protocol
  • AP makes two device handshake, then two device communicate directly via wireless
  • not only stream video/audio contents, but also mirro device screens from one to another.

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