Cables vs Airtame

What’s the difference between cables and Airtame? A whole lot of mess, and so much more. Find out which solution is the best choice for you.

If you are looking to connect a device such as a laptop or a tablet to a screen, you have plenty of options, including corded and wireless solutions such as Miracast, Chromecast and Apple TV, some better for watching movies, some better for the office environment. 

Some of the options come with very basic functionality while others allow you to connect one device to many screens, offer customizable backgrounds, and management of devices using cloud software. Each of these options comes with its own set of pros and cons.

For many, the simplest option is to use cables, yet this option doesn’t offer any additional functionality such as having a dynamic background or being able to invite colleagues inside the cloud. However for gaming or watching movies, cables could be the right choice for you.

Airtame is a device-agnostic wireless streaming solution dedicated to business and education environments. It’s the perfect cable alternative for schools and offices. You plug the device into an HDMI port on a screen or TV and you are ready to mirror a screen from any computer. You can also use multiple Airtames at the same time to mirror a computer to multiple screens, and connect wirelessly to projectors.

This article compares using Airtame vs connecting devices using display cables.

Highlights

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Functionality

If you are connecting devices using cables, the features that you will get by doing so will depend entirely on the software that comes with the devices. For example, if you want to connect a relatively new MacBook Air to a modern TV, you will most likely need a Thunderbolt to HDMI cable. If it’s an older model, it’s more likely an HDMI to HDMI cable.

If you want to connect an Android Device to a modern TV, you will need a mhl/slimport or micro-HDMI cable if both of your devices support. If you have a recent iOS device, you’ll need a Lightning Digital AV Adapter, and then an HDMI cable.

With Airtame, you need no cables or adapters from your devices. You do not have to worry about functionality because Airtame is device-agnostic. When you use Airtame, you can connect a Mac, a PC or even a Linux device to a screen and you will get the same functionality that includes a customized wallboard, one-to-many sharing, and easy and remote management options using the cloud and Airtame Homescreen.

In short, cables have but one function: connectivity. With Airtame, you get not only connectivity but a full roster of ever developing features and software that enhance your working environment. One such advantage is digital signage capabilities that allow you to broadcast any branded background image, Google Slide presentation or performance dashboard when a screen is not in use.

Convenience

While in most cases you can connect a computer or a device to a TV via cable, this can lead to a very cluttered and messy working environment.

If you are a teacher in a classroom and you want your students to share their screens, you will either have to wire an entire classroom or you will need each student to set up their device separately before they can mirror it to a screen, which comes with tripping and other hazards.

None of these issues are present with Airtame. You take an Airtame out of the box, plug it into a screen, install the software on the device that you want to mirror and you are ready to go. You also have the added benefit of being able to get a full overview of all your work environment's Airtame devices using Airtame Cloud. This is useful for troubleshooting connectivity issues, or changing settings and functionalities to all screens from one interface.

Reliability

 

Reliability is where corded solutions shine because a wireless connection can experience much more interference than a wired connection. Airtame connects devices using either your existing wireless network or its own built-in WiFi.

It can be hard to quantify the performance of a WiFi network because of all the different kinds of interference. If you are using Airtame on your enterprise network, then the connection is going to be as strong as the signal of your network. Airtame’s built-in WiFi uses 802.11 a/g/n protocol that has high throughput of up to 600M Mbps and advanced coding and modulation schemes. You can always improve the connection between the Airtame and your network with our Ethernet adapter.

Speed

With Airtame, you can stream resolutions of 1080p @30fps, and 720p or lower @ 60fps. Airtame is a solution for business and education and these resolutions satisfy most business and education needs.  

HDMI 2.0 will provide you with bandwidth of up to 18Gbps and allows to stream videos up to 4k@50/60fps. While this capability is impressive, most schools and offices do not use screens with 4k resolution.

Security

Generally speaking, a wired connection is more secure than a wireless connection because a wireless connection can be intercepted. However, if you are using Airtame on the wireless network of your enterprise, the connection is going to be as secure as your network. If your Airtame is using its own WiFi, then the connection is going to have 802.11 a/g/n level of security.

Beyond encrypted network connection, you can also enable pin code connect on Airtame. This will stop you or another person in the work environment accidentally streaming to the wrong screen.

Maintenance

Cabling needs installation and maintenance just like any other hardware, including assembly, disassembly, cleaning and testing. Airtame is a low-maintenance solution that requires very little maintenance compared to a cabled setup.

Installation

Installation is where Airtame shines. Get the device out of the box, plug it into a TV or a screen, connect it to a device that you want to mirror, install the software and you are ready to go. No cables, no wires, no cable covers, no additional equipment or any other kind of activity related to the installation of a wired connection.

Costs

The cables you need depend on the devices that you use and so does the cost of the cables. This being said, no matter what cables you use, you can be sure of one thing: they will not add any functionality to the connected devices. On the other hand, a wireless solution like Airtame will not only allow you to share screens, but will also enable you to present on the go and share a device on multiple screens at the same time.

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Bottom Line

If you are looking for the best possible reliability and security and are willing to sacrifice functionality and convenience, then go with a cabled solution.

If you use all kinds of devices, want a low-maintenance solution with the same functionality across various devices and prefer a classroom or a business meeting room that is easy to walk around and provides freedom for participants to interact with each other, then Airtame is for you.

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