Keep Wire Clutter to a Minimum With Wireless Presentations
February 6, 2017
Has this ever happened to you? You work diligently and tirelessly on a presentation without thinking about the technology you need to hook everything up. Confidently, you walk into the meeting only to find you have the wrong computer cable for the projector. You then return to your office and retrieve the correct cable. Once connected, you can’t help but notice the mass of wires on the floor and all around. While your presentation is successful, you realize you could have eliminated that additional stress and time waster.
The solution: Equip your conference room with a wireless presentation system. State-of the-art tools let you easily and reliably connect to a projector while walking around the room interacting with your audience. Today’s consumer has a wide range of options for connecting without wires!
The Device Counts
[Mirroring devices] plug directly into a monitor or projector and display your presentation on the big screen. As a result, you can control the presentation from your device anywhere in the room. Some popular choices include Miracast, All Share Cast Hub from Samsung and Chromecast. Since most of these mirroring systems accommodate only specific devices, it’s a good idea to implement at least two so you ensure those with Mac, PC, Android and iOS can all successfully use the presentation system. While some systems are designed to handle all types of devices, you should match your system to the devices used in your company.
[Presentation remotes], also referred to as clickers or wireless presenters, let you move forward and backward through your presentation. Resembling traditional remotes with at least two buttons, they connect directly to your device. While you are usually limited by distance, you do have a variety of options. However, if you move away from the device, you’ll have to connect to the projector or screen, unless you plan to use a gateway or mirroring device.
With a wireless presentation gateway (WPG), you eliminate the need to run a video cable between your computer and the projector. WPGs connect to your computer through Wi-Fi.
Check Your Bandwidth and Speed
The quality of a wireless presentation depends largely on bandwidth and speed. To determine if you have enough bandwidth, check your upload and download speeds online. Speeds of at least 3GB are required for smooth wireless presentations. Consider upgrading if your network isn’t reaching these speeds at any given time.
Download Apps as Needed
If you choose Chromecast to run your [wireless presentations], you’ll need to download a mobile app rather than relying on true mirroring. This type of presentation streams directly from your device to the screen without using the Internet. Computers can mirror directly from the Chrome browser. However, Android devices use the free Chromecast app, allowing everyone in the room to connect and interact with the screen.
Miracast is another option for mirroring Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire tablets and Windows phones and computers that support Windows 8.1 or higher. The Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick also are compatible with Miracast, offering options for a variety of users. Miracast eliminates the need for an HDMI connection between your device and the TV screen, so you can control the presentation from anywhere in the room. Consider to download the Miracast Widget & Shortcut app from the Android Play Store for easy access.
With a wireless conference room, you can make your presentations more interesting while interacting with your audience on a personal level. These systems reduce the clutter of wires and cords, and also let other participants join in.
When reviewing a wireless presentation system, be sure to consider your equipment and Internet connection as well as the size of the room. With a few simple items and a bit of creativity, you’ll have a reliable, efficient and cost-effective solution.
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