Choosing the best wireless presentation platform can be overwhelming. With so many options to choose from, which solution is the best fit for your organization? There is not a one-size-fits-all solution – each wireless presentation device offers different features and functionality that may or may not make sense for your company.
Things You Need to Consider
Below is an overview of several proven enterprise-based wireless presentation devices on the market today.
Barco ClickShare provides 2 USB devices called ClickShare buttons that plug into a user’s laptop to allow them to connect and share with one click. The button pairs with its own Wi-Fi within an in-room base station, providing the same security as a wired connection. The ClickShare app allows you to share content from your tablet or phone. Up to 2 people can share content simultaneously. Sometimes, network integration can be complicated and requires detailed IT planning. Also of note is that when sharing from a tablet or phone, you cannot access the internet without network integration.
You can connect directly to the local Wi-Fi via the enterprise software mobile app or any web browser to share content using the Crestron AirMedia. AirMedia connects directly to your network using your company’s secure wireless connection. Up to 4 people can share content at the same time. Up to 32 people can connect to a single AirMedia solution and an additional 40 people can connect and view content remotely. The Crestron AirMedia requires a company’s wireless access point. Android devices can share documents and web browser but do not mirror.
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The Mersive Solstice Pod combines enterprise-class wireless display software with dedicated hardware. The Pod includes built-in wireless access point capability that supports on and off-network deployments, providing a bridge to Ethernet wired networks. The free Mersive Solstice Display Service provides management of multiple Pod units for enterprise-level monitoring and control. Simultaneous viewing of content is available for an unlimited amount of users.
Apple TV is a consumer level product that provides some challenges when deployed in a business environment. AirPlay allows content from an iOS, MAC or PC (with the right software installed) to share content to an Apple TV-connected display. Apple TV will power on when a user mirrors from a PC, laptop or portable device.
The consumer style web service access of Apple TV may not be suitable for corporate network integration. Apple TV tends to access internet resources without restriction, so your IT department may be reluctant to allow it to access your secure network. The Apple TV must be in the same subnet as the wireless access point. Windows PC requires a third party AirParrot software and Android required a third party AllShareCast or similar app. Androids can share documents but do not mirror.
ViewHub provides automatic connection to T1V remote monitoring from Mac based appliances. T1V ViewHub software will automatically display your screen on the monitor. Up to 4 people can share content in 1080p resolution and up to 16 screens can be shared in 4K resolution. ViewHub tends to access internet resources without restriction so your IT department might be reluctant to allow it to access secure networks.
The unique difference with wePresent is that along with all the benefits of wireless presenting, it provides a touch interactive display for annotation over shared source devices. The integrated wireless access point can bridge the Ethernet wired network. You can share up to 4 screens at a time and up to 64 users can collaborate at one time. However, with Android devices, you can mirror in full screen only.
So, Which One Should You Choose?
With so many options, it really depends on what you want the system to do and the needs of your organization. After considering how your company will collaborate and share content wirelessly you can determine which choice works best for you. Also note all the information provided is based on our testing and research of the products. Since firmware and product upgrades occur very frequently, please check with us for the latest information on each device.