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September 27, 2017

AirParrot 2.7.3 for Mac and Windows is Now Available

A new AirParrot 2 update is now available for all Mac and Windows users.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

AirParrot for Mac 2.7.3 update notes:

  • Added compatibility with tvOS 11
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements

AirParrot for Windows 2.7.3 update notes:

  • Added compatibility with tvOS 11
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements
August 30, 2017

How Reflector 2 and ClassHub Work Together

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Reflector and ClassHub are two very different classroom technologies. One is a simple device screen-mirroring application. The other is an advanced device management and monitoring solution. However, there are certain Reflector settings educators can adjust to optimize screen mirroring in ClassHub.

The ClassHub Classroom Manager is built in our Reflector software. Teachers access the Classroom Manager by first opening Reflector and then clicking on the ClassHub icon. Since Reflector is already used in more than 100,000 classrooms around the world, it made sense to build the teacher-facing part of ClassHub in a program that many educators are familiar with.

Teachers use the Classroom Manager to perform a wide range of student device monitoring and management actions such as Screen Peek, Screen Push, Screen Mirror, Lock Device, Send Message and more. By tweaking the following Reflector settings, educators can make sure student devices connect and display the way they want them to while using ClassHub to instruct, monitor or engage students.

 

Connection preferences

Adjust device connection preferences in the Reflector settings to change how student devices are displayed upon connection. Educators can:

  • Allow a student device to connect to ClassHub and display on-screen immediately
  • Allow a student device to connect to ClassHub but leave the device hidden from the screen
  • Require approval from the teacher before a device can connect

Teachers should select the connection option that works best for their classroom, students and instructional strategy. Allowing a student device to display upon connection is the fastest way to share content with the class, but there may be times when a teacher wants to spot-check the content on a student’s device before sharing it with the class. Alternatively, a teacher may not want a student to have the ability to connect at all. The connection preferences accommodate all of the above scenarios.

Go to Preferences > Connection > On Connection

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Show client name

This setting allows teachers to show or hide device names when a student connects a device. The student’s device name appears on the screen along with the connected device. Depending on the nature of the activity, a teacher may want to show device names to increase accountability or turn names off to maintain anonymity.

There are three options for showing a device name:

  • Always—when a device connects, the device name will appear and stay on the screen
  • On Hover—the device name will appear when the mouse hovers over the device
  • Off—the device name does not appear

 Go to Preferences> General > Show Client Name

Which is better for your students?

 

Always on top

Selecting this setting will automatically place mirrored devices on top of all other open windows and applications on the teacher’s computer. For example, if a student using an iPad connects his or her device to the teacher’s computer, the mirrored image of that device will display on top of the Classroom Manager, a Safari browser, a Microsoft Office application and anything else on the teacher’s screen.

A teacher may want this capability to quickly place an emphasis on the device that just connected. If the teacher’s computer is connected to a projector, or if the teacher is using Screen Push, then everyone in the room will see the recently mirrored device immediately.

Go to Preferences > General > Click “Always on top”  RF General Preferences.png

Get ClassHub

If you are interested in bringing ClassHub to your school or district, contact us today. A representative from our team will be in touch to answer any questions you have about ClassHub, schedule a demo or walk you through the process.

August 28, 2017

Reflector for Android 2.7.2 is Available

Reflector for Android version 2.7.2 is now available on the Google Play Store.

This update improves network discovery and includes a number of stability improvements. 
Full release notes:

  • Resolved discovery issues on some Android and Fire devices
  • Added improved messaging when another app is using ports Reflector 2 needs to function
  • Resolved issue when AirPlay streaming videos
  • Lots of miscellaneous stability improvements

This update also applies to Amazon Fire TV. Fire TV users should expect the update to be available soon.

August 17, 2017

How to stream and mirror to Android, Mac and Windows devices using AirPlay and Cast

Some consumer media devices are equipped to receive screen mirroring and media streaming connections right out of the box, but what about the devices that don’t? That’s where Reflector 2, a software screen-mirroring and streaming-media receiver, comes in. Add Reflector 2 to your devices to mirror and stream to them from iOS, Android, Mac and AirParrot.

Android TV: Nvidia Shield TV, Sony BRAVIA, Razer Forge TV, Sharp AQUOS and more

Android TV is everywhere, including inside TVs people buy every day. While most of those devices include the ability to act as a Google Cast receiver, they don’t have the ability to receive AirPlay from iOS and Mac.

Reflector 2 is available on the Google Play store. Most devices that have access to the Play Store (including phones and tablets) can install and use Reflector. Once installed, iPads, iPhones and Macs can use built-in AirPlay to mirror and stream to the Android device. Software is not required for the sending device (iPad, iPhone, Mac).

Grab Reflector 2 for Android for $6.99 on Google Play.

Get it on Google Play

Amazon Fire TV

Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are inexpensive, popular and easy-to-use media devices that provide many movie-watching and game-playing options. One thing the devices can’t do natively is receive AirPlay mirroring or streaming.

Reflector 2 gives Fire TV users the ability to wirelessly stream or mirror from their iPad, iPhone or Mac. Once Reflector 2 is installed on the Fire TV, users can mirror or stream directly from their iOS or macOS device to Fire TV. No software is required on the sending device.

 Grab Reflector 2 from Amazon for $6.99.

Media computers

In addition to smaller, less robust media devices, Reflector 2 is available for Windows and Mac computers, too. Add the software to your computer to receive screen-mirroring and media-streaming connections from a variety of different senders, including:

- iPhone
- iPad
- iPod
- Android tablets and phones
- Mac OS
- AirParrot for Windows
- AirParrot for Mac
- AirParrot for Chrome OS

Reflector 2 for your computer is available from the Squirrels online store for $14.99. A seven-day trial is also available. 

June 5, 2017

Reflector 2.7.4 for Windows is now available

A new Reflector 2 update is available for Windows users. 

You can update Reflector 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the Reflector 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the Reflector 2 download page.

Reflector 2.7.4 for Windows update notes:
  • Resolved an issue with the "Classic Renderer" setting not being persistent
  • Resolved an issue with the "Show Client Name" setting not being persistent
  • Reflector 2 now prevents the computer display from sleeping during YouTube video playback

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!