Unleash your presentations: What you need to know about wireless display options

 In Hardware and Software

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of cables. Cables running between desks … cables taped to the floor … rummaging through the sea of cables to find the one I need … There has to be a better way, right?

Well, whether you’re on the road or office-based, connecting wirelessly to the big screen can be a great cable-free solution for professional presentations.

What can wireless display do for you?

When you plug a wireless display adaptor into a display screen, you can connect wirelessly with your phone, laptop or tablet to take your little screen to the big screen; a big benefit for making presentations and showing videos.

The benefits go beyond reducing the number of cords you need with you:

  • A visiting presenter can easily connect, without having to worry about VGA/HDMI/DVI ports.
  • You get increased flexibility of seating arrangements and presenter mobility in your meeting rooms.
  • You may eliminate the need for a dedicated PC in your meeting room at all.
  • If you take presentations on the road, wireless connection gives you simplicity and flexibility.

In terms of your options, we recommend one of:

  • Chromecast (works on Android devices, or via Chrome browser on any other operating system)
  • Microsoft wireless displays (works with Windows 8 and 10, Android 4.2 and later, also Windows Phone, but doesn’t work with Apple products).

They are similar, but each has its benefits. If being 4K compatible is important to you, you may want to look out for the upcoming release of Chromecast 4K.

Good news, bad news

Wireless display adaptors are sleek, affordable, easy to set up and use, and operate on a reliable, direct wi-fi connection.

All sounds great so far? Well, there are a few limitations you need to keep in mind:

  • Compatibility can be an issue. Miracast, the platform that Microsoft wireless displays are built on, is much more limited in compatibility than Chromecast. Keep in mind that your display screen will also need to be compatible with your chosen wireless display adaptor.
  • Lag – the delay between pressing a button and that input being received or displayed on the screen – is greater with wireless display adaptors compared to a cable connection.
  • Dropout can be an issue if your display screen has a low-power USB port.

So, should I opt for wireless display?

Wireless displays are great value for the price, and suitable for most business needs (unless gaming is your business). Opting for a wireless display option can be so much more practical and usable than being attached with a cable; you just need to be careful that it’s right for your specific needs.

If you’re considering connecting wirelessly, you’ll need:

  • A compatible display screen (monitor, TV or projector) with a HDMI input and USB port
  • Devices (phone, tablet, laptop) with a compatible operating system and wireless connectivity

Give us a call at Proactive IT Solutions and we can help you understand what you’ll need. We can also provide a quote for setting up wireless a display in your business.

Recommended Posts
Full speed aheadGrim Reaper causes a power outage