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How to Use the Dell Cast Device and Application on your Venue Tablet


Table of Contents:

  1. What model of Venue Tablet works with the the Dell Cast device
  2. Setting up the Dell Cast Device for Productivity Mode
  3. How to use the Mirror Function
  4. How to Change the Dell Cast Name
  5. How-to Videos

This article provides information on using the Dell Cast device.


1. What model of Venue Tablet works with the the Dell Cast device

The Dell Cast device only works with the Venue 7 (3740), Venue 8 (3840, 7840) and Venue 10 (5050) tablet in productivity mode.
The Dell Cast device works with the Venue 7 (3730, 3736 and 3740), Venue 8 (3830, 3840, 7840) and Venue 10 (5050) tablet in mirroring mode.

Note: To determine which model of Venue tablet you have refer to Dell Knowledge base article How to Determine the Model Number of Your Dell Venue 7 or 8 Android Tablet

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2. Setting up the Dell Cast Device for Productivity Mode

Using Productivity Mode on a Computer Monitor

Note: It is suggested to start this process with the Monitor that you are going to use, powered off.
  1. Using the 6ft (2m) USB cable, plug the micro-USB end into the side of the Dell Cast device (marked with a lighting bolt).


  2. Insert the Dell Cast Device into a HDMI port on the Monitor.


  3. Power on the the Monitor.


  4. Change the input setting on the Monitor to the HDMI port. For more information on changing the input setting please refer the manual that came with your Monitor.


  5. Insert the other end of the 6ft (2m) USB cable into either:
    • The power adapter that came with your tablet, and plug the power adapter into a A/C outlet.
    • A Powered USB hub (one that is powered by A/C).
    • Depending on your Monitor, it may be possible to use a USB port on the Monitor to power the Dell Cast Device. Please refer to your Monitor's Users' Guide.


  6. Once the Welcome to Dell Cast screen appears, you will be asked to plug in a USB keyboard.
    Notes: There is only one USB connector on the end of the Dell Cast device, which means that to use a USB keyboard and USB mouse together, either:
    1. Connect a powered USB hub (one that is powered by A/C) to the Dell Cast device and use one of the ports to connect the USB keyboard.
    2. Use a wireless keyboard and mouse combo.
    3. Connect a USB keyboard with a USB pass-through (USB hub) connector (Some models of keyboards and mice may require more power than the 150 milliamps the Dell Cast provides).


  7. Once the Dell Cast device recognizes the keyboard, you will be asked to plug in a USB mouse.
    Notes: There is only one USB connector on the end of the Dell Cast device, which means that to use a USB keyboard and USB mouse together, either:
    1. Connect a powered USB hub (one that is powered by A/C) to the Dell Cast device and use one of the ports to connect the USB mouse.
    2. Use a wireless keyboard and mouse combo.
    3. Connect a USB keyboard with a USB pass-through (USB hub) connector (Some models of keyboards and mice may require more power than the 150 milliamps the Dell Cast provides).


  8. Once the Dell Cast device recognizes the mouse, you will be asked to open the Dell Cast application on your tablet.
    To open the Dell Cast application on your tablet perform the following steps.
    1. From the home page, touch the Apps icon in the center of the bottom row to access all your apps (Figure 1).
      Apps Icon
      Figure 1: Apps Icon
    2. Touch the Dell Cast icon, (you may have to swipe to the second page of Apps).
    3. On the first time using the Dell Cast application, a tutorial comes up. Touch Get Started, then touch Next and touch Next again to go through the tutorial.


  9. The Dell Cast application starts looking for any Dell Cast devices nearby.


  10. Locate The Dell Cast ID in the upper-left corner shown on the Monitor.


  11. When a Dell Cast device is found on the Dell Cast application, touch Connect to the right of the matching ID.


  12. The tablet screen is now shown on the Monitor screen, use you attached keyboard and mouse to navigate the screen and menus.
    Note: While connected to the Dell Cast device, no sound comes from the tablet.


  13. To disconnect touch Disconnect Dell Cast on the tablet screen.

Using Productivity Mode on a Television

Note: It is suggested to start this process with the Television that you are going to use, powered off.
  1. Using the 6ft (2m) USB cable, plug the micro-USB end into the side of the Dell Cast device (marked with a lighting bolt).


  2. Insert the Dell Cast Device into a HDMI port on the Television.


  3. Power on the the Television.


  4. Change the input setting on the Television to the HDMI port. For more information on changing the input setting please refer the manual that came with your Television.


  5. Insert the other end of the 6ft (2m) USB cable into either:
    • The power adapter that came with your tablet, and plug the power adapter into a A/C outlet.
    • A Powered USB hub (one that is powered by A/C).
    • Depending on your Television, it may be possible to use a USB port on the Television to power the Dell Cast Device. Please refer to your Television's Users' Guide.


  6. Once the Welcome to Dell Cast screen appears, you will be asked to plug in a USB keyboard.
    Notes: There is only one USB connector on the end of the Dell Cast device, which means that to use a USB keyboard and USB mouse together, either:
    1. Connect a powered USB hub (one that is powered by A/C) to the Dell Cast device and use one of the ports to connect the USB keyboard.
    2. Use a wireless keyboard and mouse combo.
    3. Connect a USB keyboard with a USB pass-through (USB hub) connector (Some models of keyboards and mice may require more power than the 150 milliamps the Dell Cast provides).


  7. Once the Dell Cast device recognizes the keyboard, you will be asked to plug in a USB mouse.
    Notes: There is only one USB connector on the end of the Dell Cast device, which means that to use a USB keyboard and USB mouse together, either:
    1. Connect a powered USB hub (one that is powered by A/C) to the Dell Cast device and use one of the ports to connect the USB mouse.
    2. Use a wireless keyboard and mouse combo.
    3. Connect a USB keyboard with a USB pass-through (USB hub) connector (Some models of keyboards and mice may require more power than the 150 milliamps the Dell Cast provides).


  8. Once the Dell Cast device recognizes the mouse, you will be asked to open the Dell Cast application on your tablet.
    To open the Dell Cast application on your tablet perform the following steps.
    1. From the home page, touch the Apps icon in the center of the bottom row to access all your apps (Figure 2).
      Apps Icon
      Figure 2: Apps Icon
    2. Touch the Dell Cast icon, (you may have to swipe to the second page of Apps).
    3. On the first time using the Dell Cast application, a tutorial comes up. Touch Get Started, then touch Next and touch Next again to go through the tutorial.


  9. The Dell Cast application starts looking for any Dell Cast devices nearby.


  10. Locate The Dell Cast ID in the upper-left corner shown on the Television.


  11. When a Dell Cast device is found on the Dell Cast application, touch Connect to the right of the matching ID.


  12. The tablet screen is now shown on the Television screen, use you attached keyboard and mouse to navigate the screen and menus.
    Note: Depending on the HDMI version your Television has, sound may or may not be transmitted through the HCMI port. Typically older flat screen Televisions do not transmit sound through the HCMI port.


  13. To disconnect touch Disconnect Dell Cast on the tablet screen.

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3. How to use the Mirror Function

Note: You will need to connect the Dell Cast to your Monitor or Television as outlined in steps 1 through 5 of the Setting up the Dell Cast Device for Productivity Mode section.
  1. From the home page, touch the Apps icon in the center of the bottom row to access all your apps (Figure 3).
    Apps Icon
    Figure 3: Apps Icon


  2. Touch settings, (you may have to swipe to the second page of Apps).


  3. Touch Display.


  4. Touch Cast screen.


  5. Touch the three squares in upper-right hand corner.


  6. Make sure Enable wireless display is checked.


  7. Touch the listing with the corresponding ID on the Monitor or Television.
    Note: You will need to use the touch screen on the tablet as normal, a keyboard or mouse attached to the Dell Cast device does not work even though the mouse does move the curser.

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4. How to Change the Dell Cast Name

  1. Make sure the Dell Cast device is not connected to the tablet.


  2. On the monitor or television, click settings.


  3. Click Rename adapter.


  4. Using the mouse place the cursor within the name area.


  5. Use the keyboard to change the Dell Cast adapter name as desired.


  6. Click the Green circle to save the changes.


  7. Use the process in the Setting up the Dell Cast Device for Productivity Mode section to connect to the Dell Cast device.

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5. How-to Videos

Video (English Only) - Connect your Dell Cast to a Display

Video (English Only) - Connect a Keyboard to Your Dell Cast

Video (English Only) - Launch Productivity Mode on your Dell Cast

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Article ID: SLN293118

Last Date Modified: 01/11/2018 07:37 AM


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