Wayne State College

Microsoft Wireless Displays FAQs

Microsoft Wireless Displays are being installed in classrooms around campus to provide greater flexibility in teaching. The new wireless displays allow for the use of individual Windows laptops/tablets and portable sound systems. One advantage of using your individual laptops/tablets is that you only have to worry about updating your device. No more random updates in the middle of class.  

1. How do I connect to the Microsoft Wireless Display? 

     a. Use the projector remote to turn on the projector in the room. 

     b. On your laptop/tablet select the notification icon in the bottom right corner of the taskbar. Select Expand and click the Connect button.  

     c. Select the room number Wireless Display, i.e. WD – CS101, from the list.  

     d. When you are finished presenting, click the Disconnect button at the top of the laptop/tablet screen. 

2. What devices can I use with the Microsoft Wireless Display? 

Microsoft Wireless Displays work with Windows 10 devices. Unfortunately, Microsoft Wireless Displays do not work with Apple devices or phones.  


3. What classrooms are available with the Microsoft Wireless Display? 

Microsoft Wireless Displays are available in: 

Gardner Hall - 108, 110, 114, 115, 208, 210, 211, 214, 215

Benthack Hall -  106d, 106e, 108, 109, 201

Brandenburg - 101, 142, 201, 204, 217, 218, 301, 306, 321, 326

Humanities -  101, 102, 107, 114, 118, 216, 301, 302, 308, 318, 319

Carhart - G03, G04, G05, G10, 101, 102, 104, 108, 109, 110, 201, 203, 204, 206, 208, 209, 213, 304, 306

Connell Hall - 001, 015, 017, 019, 115, 117, 121, 123, 127, 129, 131, 201, 221, 223, 227, 229, 231, 236

Peterson Fine Arts - 010, 019A, 020, 105, 201, 204

Studio Arts – 118, 123, 218

Rice – 001, 002, 003, 005, 006, 010


4. How do I duplicate my laptop/tablet desktop on display? 

Once connected to the Microsoft Wireless Display in a classroom, search for Settings in the taskbar and select System. Scroll down and select Duplicate these displays from the Multiple displays drop-down menu. 


5. How do I extend or have my display look different than my desktop? 

Once connected to the Microsoft Wireless Display in a classroom, search for Settings in the taskbar and select System. Scroll down and select Extend these displays from the Multiple displays drop-down menu. 


6. How does sound work using the Microsoft Wireless Display? 

When your device is connected to the wireless display both audio and video are routed to the projector.  The projector automatically directs the audio to the classroom speakers.  Once connected to the wireless display the computer automatically selects the wireless display for the audio source.  You can verify this, and adjust volume, through the sound icon on the computer. Do not use the projector remote to adjust the volume.   

7. Can someone else connect to the Microsoft Wireless Display while I’m presenting? 

No, once you connect to the wireless display that device is no longer discoverable by other devices.  Only one person can connect at a time. When you are done presenting in the classroom don’t forget to disconnect. 


8. Will smartboard systems work with the Microsoft WD installed?

Yes, the classroom desktop computer will need to be used; it connects to the Microsoft WD for wireless presentation. For the touch functionality to work, the smartboard remains connected to the classroom desktop computer via USB.


9. Can I use my tablet/laptop with the smartboard in the classroom?

Yes and No.  The tablet/laptop can connect to the Microsoft WD device in the classroom for wireless presentation using the smartboard projection capabilities.  However, we do not have a working design/solution to support connecting both the classroom desktop computer and instructors tablet/laptop to the smartboard to utilize the touch functionality and smartboard software.  To utilize the touch functionality and smartboard software please us the classroom desktop computer at this time.


10. How do I disconnect from the Microsoft Wireless Display? 

When connected there is a black tool bar centered at the top of your device screen. The disconnect option is on that tool bar. 

11. When trying to connect to the Microsoft WD in a classroom it flashes from the Microsoft WD home screen to a blank screen then returns to the Microsoft WD home screen.  What next?

We have seen this error a few times on older devices.  It is likely the software device driver for the video (graphics) card in your windows devices needs to be updated.  For assistance with fixing this error please contact the Campus Service Center.


Please contact the Campus Service Center at 402-375-7107 or visit us in the library for further assistance.


Last Updated: 7/28/21