Microsoft’s Edge browser receives media-casting support as part of Windows 10’s first big update. Edge can now cast media to MIracast and DLNA-enabled devices. This isn’t compatible with Google’s Chromecast, but it can be used for similar purposes.

Windows 10 already allowed you to cast your entire desktop to a Miracast device or stream media to DLNA devices, but Edge’s new casting support allows you to cast just your browser.

Cast From Edge to Your Screen

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To start streaming, just head to the web page you want to stream in Microosft Edge. Click or tap the menu button and select “Cast media to device”. You’ll see a list of nearby MIracast and DLNA devices you can use. Select a device and start casting.

This won’t work with protected media content like Netflix and Hulu. However, it will work with YouTube and many other video websites. It will also work for music-streaming websites, web -based presentations, photo galleries, and all sorts of other media content you might want to stream.

Use Miracast or DLNA to Stream Your Desktop and Other Media

You could also use MIracast to cast your entire desktop rather than rely on Edge’s support. Just open the “action center” — click the notifications icon in your system tray or swipe in from the right. Click or tap the “Project” icon, choose what you want to project, select “Connect to a wireless display”, and select the device.

If you have a DLNA device, you can cast local media files to it. Right-click or long-press a media file, point to “Cast media to”, and select the option.

There’s also a “Cast to Device” button in the Movies & TV app included with Windows 10. Other Windows 10 apps may include a button for this — that’s up to each individual app developer.

Get a Miracast or DLNA-enabled Device

Before you can use this, you’ll need a Miracast or DLNA-enabled device. If you don’t see any available devices when you try to stream, you may need to buy one — or enable the feature on a device you already own.

Miracast is a wireless display standard that’s theoretically supposed to be the rest of the industry’s response to Apple’s AirPlay. If you have a Roku or Amazon Fire TV device, you can Miracast from Edge to your TV. You can also purchase dedicated MIracast dongles that plug into an HDMI port. Microsoft’s Xbox One also now has Miracast support thanks to an update, too.

DLNA is an older standard. Your video game console, a TV, or another device you have lying around might support it. But, if you’re looking for a modern device for this purpose, you’re probably better off getting a Miracast-enabled device.

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There’s always the option of just plugging in an HDMI cable and hooking your computer up to the TV that way — the old-fashioned wired approach will always work well and won’t have the lag a wireless solution might have.

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