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1 z Wireless Media Streaming By Mark Manoukian October 28, 2014

2 z Mark Manoukian  I’m the I.T. Director at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter in Columbus, OH. I’ve been here for over 20 years.  Regular ILTA volunteer contributor.  Member of the Emerging Tech steering committee.

3 z Solutions  Airplay by Apple  Airmedia by Crestron  Screencast AV by Belkin  Chromecast by Google  Avior HD by IOGear  Miracast, A Wi-Fi Alliance Standard  Push2TV, A Miracast Receiver  WiDi (Rhymes with Why Die), An Intel Wireless Media Standard

4 z Airplay by Apple  Available on…  Apple Devices  Media devices for which the manufacturer has licensed Airplay.  Windows devices. NOT  Personal experience…  Easy, although I find myself having to reboot my router.  I use this at home with my iPad.  No experience with this at work, but we will implement.  Latency is good to great, meaning high motion video is acceptable.  Costs  $100 for Apple TV + Apple Device "AirPlay logo" by Apple product presentation. Licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context of AirPlay via Wikipedia - Play_logo.png

5 z Crestron Airmedia  Perhaps the most platform agnostic solution. Small applets that are quickly installed are available through…  Any OS – Android, iOS, Windows.  Applet is acquired through any browser – Chrome, IE, Safari.  Expensive: $1300  Personal experience:  Incredibly easy for the end user.  Limited to bench testing, but worked extremely well.  Enterprise-Grade:  Setup is a little more involved in that it does not have a wireless NIC, but rather connects by Ethernet to the wireless network.  Can be administered remotely.

6 z Screencast AV by Belkin  Nothing to install on the PC. This is a virtual HDMI cable.  Latency is outstanding. High motion video is acceptable.  This solution is a transmitter that one connects to the HDMI port of their PC, and a receiver that one connects to the flat-screen display.  The transmitter requires power.  Super easy for anybody that is capable of connecting an HDMI cable.  Reminder: HDMI only.  The transmitter has four HDMI inputs, meaning that if you have a display lacking enough inputs then this solves your problem.  This solution operates completely independently of the NIC or WiFi.

7 z Chromecast by Google  Simple if you have Chrome and Chromecast already installed.  Requires Google Chrome browser.  At $35 it is dirt cheap and it includes a 6 ft. HDMI cable. (By comparison, a six foot cable at BestBuy costs $25.) "Chromecast dongle" by EricaJoy - Flickr: Chromecast. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - viewer/File:Chromecast_dongle.jpg

8 z Avior Wireless HD Kit by IOGear  This is another transmitter\receiver solution.  Pros:  Accepts wide variety of inputs – e.g. HDMI, VGA, DVI (with DVI to VGA adapter), separate audio pins.  Outputs include component and S-Video, which are particularly useful for connecting to a projector.  The transmitter will broadcast to as many as four receivers.  Nothing to install.  Not subject to wireless NIC or wireless network issues.  Cons:  Calls to the help desk “I’ve connected to the thing-a-majig with the grey cable, and pushed the button until the HDMI…”  Cost is $450-ish.  May be in limited supply.  Requires power for the transmitter.

9 z Miracast  Miracast is wireless multimedia streaming standard promulgated by the Wi-Fi alliance.  There are many recievers that claim Miracast compliance.  Results vary… widely.  Some devices simply never accept the connection – e.g. my Toshiba Symbio Blu-Ray player.  Some devices accept connections from Android devices – e.g. my Panasonic Blu-Ray BDT330 player.  One device accepts connections from Android and Windows devices – you’ll have to wait for the next slide.  The holy grail… a Blu-Ray player with quality Miracast. Until then…  Microsoft’s impending dongle is a Miracast device.

10 z Push2TV by NetGear  Works really well with Android and Windows 8.1.  Lists at about $60.  Smaller than a deck of cards, but much lighter.  Draws power through a USB port, meaning that if your flat panel has a USB port you can piggy back the power for the Push2TV device off of the TV.  Firmware makes a big difference, check and update the firmware.  Latency is meh. High motion video and people subject to motion sickness are a bad mix.  It is dependent on the wireless NIC. If there are any problems with the wireless NIC then they might make themselves known.

11 z Wi-Di  This is an Intel standard.  It has been subsumed into Miracast. (?)  My advice: Avoid loading up any Wi-Di drivers that don’t land on your device by way of automatic updates. Additional Wi-Di drivers seem to muck up the wireless NIC in my experience. "Intel WiDi logo" by Licensed under Fair use of copyrighted material in the context of WiDi via Wikipedia - wer/File:Intel_WiDi_logo.gif

12 z Notes on Microsoft Windows  Microsoft’s new dongle is based on Miracast.  Microsoft attempted to bake in addition wireless streaming functionality in Windows 8. It failed.  …but succeeded in Windows 8.1. It’s as easy as 1-2-3…

13 z Questions?

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