Wireless HDMI

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Wireless HDMI

Let’s talk about screens

We spend a lot of time gazing into the screens of our personal devices: laptops, tablets, smartphones. We know our personal devices inside out. But our confidence fades when we face using shared screens at work or at school.

Whatever’s been preventing you from using shared screens, it’s important to take back control and start benefiting from screen sharing. It’ll help you be a more efficient, more confident presenter. Which will increase engagement from colleagues, students, and classmates.

Here’s some key info on wireless HDMI, which is at the heart of how many screen sharing solutions work.

Wireless HDMI

High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) allows you to send HD imagery and audio from a personal device (e.g. laptop) to a TV or projector. Most of us have used an HDMI cable in order to share presentation slides during a class or meeting.

Although a direct (cabled) connection can help to mirror your screen in high quality, it’s simply not a scalable solution. As workspaces and educational environments develop, the cables are no longer cutting it.

Schools want to untether teachers from the front of classrooms, and companies want a single solution that supports all kinds of personal devices without needing different adapters, dongles and more to support a cable setup. As a result, wireless is the way to go when it comes to screen sharing.

Wireless HDMI simplifies things by allowing users and administrators to share and update screen content wirelessly. Let’s say you want to enable screen sharing and collaboration in a conference room. Without wireless HDMI, every participant would need a cable that works with their computer model. This can be a costly proposition given the sheer number of cables needed to accommodate all computer models. Cables and adapters can also break or go missing, costing time and money to replace. And this is only when considering how to support presenters’ computers. For anyone who’d want to simply present from a smartphone or tablet, the cable route simply doesn’t work.

While some TVs and projectors offer built-in wireless screen sharing options (e.g. Miracast), most organizations opt for a physical device (e.g. Airtame 2) that connects to a TV or projector via HDMI. The device lets the TV receive content from personal devices used by students or meeting attendees. No cables required. Examples of physical devices include Airtame 2 (as mentioned), Chromecast, Apple TV, Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, Clickshare, etc.

Click here for a detailed comparison of Airtame 2 and other wireless HDMI solutions.

These devices support one or a combination of protocols. A protocol follows a certain logic to establish and control sessions where your computer, tablet, or smartphone connects wirelessly to a large display. Examples of protocols include the Airtame protocol, AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast.

Through Airtame’s partnership with AirServer, the market-leading screen mirroring receiver, all Airtame 2 devices will offer native Google Cast, AirPlay and Miracast. All Airtame 2 customers can access this functionality automatically, and at no additional charge.

Click here for a breakdown of the different screen sharing protocols and the devices that support them.

Recap: Why go wireless?

Ease of use Offer presenters seamless, one-click access to screen sharing.
Device agnosticism Support every presenter by providing a solution that works with any device running macOS, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS, iOS or Android.
Freedom of movement Untether teachers and presenters from the front of the room so that they can engage with their listeners and make work more interactive.
Remote maintenance Equip IT administrators with remote access and control of device updates and digital signage within Airtame Cloud.
Aesthetic appeal Keep classrooms and workspaces looking fresh and tidy by getting rid of unsightly cables and adaptors.
Scalability Save costs and reduce downtime by eliminating the need for fixing and replacing hardware accessories that easily break or go missing.

Use cases

Learn more about how schools and enterprises are utilizing wireless HDMI:

Education: Easy, collaborative learning at Desert Sands Unified School District

Enterprise: Design meets function with Airtame at Daniel Wellington headquarters