June 22 , 2016

How to Configure a Chromecast Background to Display Ditto Connection Details

When not in use, Chromecast displays a slideshow of seemingly random photos from around the world. What few people know is that the ability to change these photos does exist deep within the Chromecast settings.

If you’re using a Chromecast in a Ditto-enabled room, it’s rather handy to automatically display Ditto connection instructions on the Chromecast itself. To connect to Ditto, users only need to read the on-screen instructions.

Ditto with Chromecast

To begin, you’ll need to download the background image for the room you’re setting up.

Obtain your Ditto connection instructions background image:

  1. Visit the Rooms section of your Ditto account.
  2. Select the desired room.
  3. Click the “Room Background” button.
  4. Save the image that appears. This image explains how users can connect to the display wirelessly. 

Once you’ve saved the image, you’ll need to add it to Google Photos.

Create two new Google Photo albums for each Chromecast you would like to set up:

  1. Visit the Google Photos website.
  2. Upload your room background image.
  3. Add the previously saved room image to two new albums. Create two albums that are named similarly to the room you’re setting up. Two albums containing only the same Ditto background image are required for each room you would like to configure. The albums must be empty of everything but this image. You need two photo albums because Chromecast automatically rotates between albums. If you don’t have these two albums selected, Chromecast will rotate between the other preset Google Photo albums.

Now that the room background is in albums, you can tell the Chromecast to only use a specified image for a screensaver or background.

Set a new background image for use with Chromecast and Ditto:

  1. First, you’ll need to download the Google Cast application on a phone or tablet. The app is available for Android and iOS, and it lets you configure Chromecast options including the background and screensaver for your Chromecast.
  2. Once downloaded, connect your phone or tablet to the same Wifi as the Chromecast you would like to configure.
  3. The Google Cast app on iOS and Android works nearly the same for both platforms. Tap the “Devices” tab to be presented with a list of available devices on your network.
  4. At the top right of the Chromecast you would like to configure, tap the three vertical dots to open a menu.Step1
  5. Select “Backdrop Settings”.Step2
  6. Tap the Google Photos option.
  7. Enable this option.Step3
  8. Select the image albums that match the room you’re setting up.Step4
  9. Be sure to disable other Backdrop options like “Art” and “Earth and Space”.

That’s it! The background image will now appear on the Chromecast you’re setting up. Perform these same steps for each Chromecast you would like to setup.

You can learn more about Ditto or begin your 30-day free Ditto trial at www.goditto.com.

Related: Discover a little-known Apple TV feature that will make connecting to Ditto even easier.

June 20 , 2016

Configuring Apple TV for Conference Room Display Mode with Ditto

A little-known feature of Apple TV is quite handy when paired with Ditto.

Conference Room Display mode allows administrators to display instructions for connecting to the TV. In the case of Ditto, this feature means there’s no physical printout required, and users will immediately know how to wirelessly connect their Mac or PC screen to the Apple TV.

Apple RTV Conference Room Display with Ditto

Enabling Conference Room Display mode is simple:

  1. Make sure your Apple TV is completely up to date.
  2. Go to Settings -> AirPlay -> Conference Room Display
  3. Select On

That’s it! Once you’ve enabled this setting, you’ll need to follow a few more steps to completely set up this feature for use with Ditto.

To configure Conference Room Display mode for use with Ditto, follow these simple steps:

  1. On your Apple TV, go to Settings -> AirPlay -> Conference Room Display -> Custom Message
  2. Enter message text that explains how a user connects their PC or Mac display with Ditto. You will need the Ditto room code for this.
    • We recommend the following text: ”Visit connect.goditto.com and enter [DITTO ROOM CODE] to connect your Mac or PC screen to this display.”

When the Apple TV is turned on or woken from sleep, the custom message text is displayed.

June 15 , 2016

Using Ditto to Screen Share from Mac and PC to Chromecast

Ditto with Chromecast

Most conference rooms and environments where you may want to share a screen are equipped with a cable. VGA, DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI; the list goes on. In a better scenario, TVs and projectors are attached to an Apple TV or a Chromecast.

Chromecast is popular. Super popular. In just a few years, Google has sold more than 15 million units. It’s an inexpensive device that’s great for sharing content like movies, music, pictures and home videos to the big screen. It’s made for sharing existing static content, but unfortunately sharing computer screens has not been a focus. Of course there’s a beta Chrome browser extension that allows this, but that’s tricky, and it’s not easy for beginners or anyone who doesn’t “get” technology.

Ditto, our latest product offering, brings active screen sharing to Chromecast into the spotlight.

Technology is hard. That’s why we made Ditto super simple. It works with Chromecast (and Apple TV), and it gives businesses, schools and institutions all over the world access to an easy and instant screen-sharing service.  Ditto allows anyone with a computer and an internet connection to automatically connect to the appropriate Chromecast and share their computer screen.

We created Ditto as a solution to the stubborn and unreliable ways of screen sharing. Ditto is a wireless screen-sharing product that doesn’t require individual user licenses, and it’s preconfigured, so it already knows which Chromecast to connect to. There’s no searching through a list of “available” receivers. Ditto doesn’t even need to be installed on the computer to share the screen.

Sharing to a Chromecast is as simple as entering a unique Ditto code at www.goditto.com. Anyone can do it—Mac or PC, employee or guest.

Want to know more? We’re here to answer your questions!

June 13 , 2016

Ditto Screen-Sharing for Apple TV in any Meeting Space

Our new Ditto screen-sharing service lets an unlimited number of Mac or PC users wirelessly display their computer screen on an Apple TV. Ditto does not require cords or individual user licenses, and it makes connecting to the wrong Apple TV or receiver impossible.

Ditto Apple TV Screen Share

You’ve heard people ask these questions at the beginning of meetings before, right?

“What’s the name of the Apple TV in this room? Is this conference room six or eight? What cord do I need to connect to get this projector to work?”

Please, say goodbye to those questions. Forever. Ditto allows anyone with a computer and an internet connection to automatically connect to the appropriate Apple TV simply by entering the room’s unique Ditto code at www.goditto.com.

Technology is complex. We created Ditto to give businesses, schools and institutions all over the world access to a user-friendly screen-sharing service.

We know what some of you are thinking. Many newer Macs come with AirPlay. Why not just use the Mac’s built-in AirPlay to connect to the conference room Apple TV? Here are some reasons why Ditto is a better screen-sharing solution than AirPlay:

  1. AirPlay only allows you to mirror your entire screen, but Ditto allows you to share your entire screen OR just specific applications to the big screen, such as the Microsoft Office programs, an internet browser, calendars and more. This increases privacy for the person sharing their computer screen and prevents everyone in the room from seeing something they shouldn’t.
  2. Ditto is automatic. Anyone in the room can screen share simply by entering the Ditto room code at goditto.com. No wires. No long list of potential receivers. No confusion.
  3. AirPlay doesn’t work for users with PCs or older Macs, as those computers do not have AirPlay support.

Go Ditto

Ditto brings easy and unlimited screen sharing to any business, school or institution using Apple TVs (and Chromecasts, too!) in their meeting spaces. It allows a large number of people to connect, collaborate and share content at an affordable price.

Ditto is hundreds to thousands of dollars cheaper than alternative screen-sharing solutions. The cost is per room, not per user. This gives an unlimited number of people screen-sharing capabilities in any room enrolled in Ditto. Ditto costs just $149.99/year per room.

We may be a little biased, but we think Ditto is a must-have screen-sharing service. Any questions? Let us know in the comments below! You can also learn more or begin your 30-day free Ditto trial at www.goditto.com.

June 9 , 2016

How to Configure Ditto Screen-Sharing Service With The Configuration Utility

Before you and others at your organization can enjoy our easy-to-use screen-sharing service, Ditto, you will need to add your conference room display to a Ditto account.

Don’t worry! We made the process easy. You’ll be up and running in minutes.

Ditto Config Icon

Using the Ditto Configuration Utility

The Ditto Configuration Utility works on Mac and Windows. It’s designed to allow quick and effortless addition of rooms to a Ditto account. Once you add the rooms, anyone can share their Mac or PC screen to a room's Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-connected TV or display.

Before we begin, make sure your receivers (Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector) are powered on and your computer is on the same network as the devices.

  1. Download the configuration app

To obtain the Ditto setup tool, log in to the Ditto administration portal. You’ll find a link to the tool under Step 2 of the Getting Started section.

  1. Login

To use the configuration tool and add rooms to your Ditto account, you’ll need to log in.

1 - Config Login

  1. Get Started

Welcome! Click “Get Started” to scan your network for available receivers.

2 - Config Welcome

  1. Search the Network

The tool will automatically search your network for available devices. Be sure you’ve powered the devices on and that you’re on the same network.

3 - Config Searching

  1. Select Devices

After a few seconds, you’ll see available devices. Choose the devices you would like to add to Ditto. If your devices don’t appear here, they may not be powered on, or you may not be on the same network. To add devices that don’t appear, visit your account portal.

4 - Config Found Devices

  1. Configure Devices

This tool already knows the network information required to connect your devices. All you need to do is enter an identifying room name.

5 - Config Config Device

  1. Finish

That’s it! Adding new devices to Ditto is that simple.

6 - Config Finished

Don’t want to use our super simple setup tool? You can also add devices via the Ditto account portal.  Need help? Contact us via help.airsquirrels.com!

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