October 22, 2015

What is Screen Mirroring?

The complicated answer: “Screen mirroring” is a tech-industry term used to describe a form of wireless device-to-device communication software.

In layman’s terms: “Screen mirroring” is a way to make your smart phone, tablet and computer screens appear on other screens. Simple, right?wireless screen-mirroing

The screen-mirroring market is young, and unlike the smart phone or tablet industry, screen-mirroring technology lacks a universally accepted word or application that defines it.

We often find that people don’t know what to look for when they need a mirroring solution because it isn’t a mainstream concept. What do you call it when you want to see your iPhone or Galaxy appear on your Mac or PC? What term do you use when you want your computer screen to appear on your TV or other computers simultaneously?

Mirroring technology is used to accomplish a wide array of tasks across many markets. We develop industry-leading apps for these markets every day. In this blog post, we will define screen mirroring, its primary applications and compatible devices.

What is screen mirroring?
Screen mirroring is the act of wirelessly displaying computer, smart phone and tablet screens on external devices in order to view and share content in real time from one screen to another.

Wirelessly send a computer screen
Users can wirelessly send a computer screen (Mac and PC), specific desktop window or application to one or more Apple TVs, Chromecasts or Reflector 2-enabled computers simultaneously using the industry-leading AirParrot 2 software.

Wirelessly send a mobile device to a Mac or PC
Users may also wirelessly display one or more smart phone/tablet screens onto a Mac or PC using the industry-leading Reflector 2 software. Compatible devices include iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Chromebook, Surface Pro and Android devices.

This mirroring app wirelessly displays mobile device screens by receiving AirPlay and Google Cast connections from iOS and Android devices. It’s the only screen-mirroring technology in the world that’s compatible with Google Cast-enabled Android phones and tablets.

All of that information is great, but seeing is believing. Check out our screen-mirroring tutorial below!

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Who uses screen-mirroring technology?
Screen mirroring is common in education, gaming, entertainment, business and application-development environments.

Education
Educators use screen mirroring to command the classroom from their iPads and show student Chromebooks, Android devices and iOS devices wirelessly to the entire class. Mirroring enables student device screens to wirelessly display on the teacher’s projector-connected computer, allowing every other student in the classroom to see any individual mobile device from the comfort of their desks. Screen-mirroring apps are a must for any edtech program.

Gaming
Mobile gamers mirror gameplay from their smart phone and tablet screens to a computer. From there, they can record their screen and post the video later or share it to the world immediately with the new Reflector 2 YouTube live stream feature.

App Development
App developers mirror mobile devices to analyze and test application interfaces. This allows them to review apps on the big screen and record the experience.

Business
Business professionals often mirror from tablets to computer screens and computers to Apple TVs or Chromecasts to share presentations, collaborate and brainstorm in the conference room.

Do you have any screen-mirroring experience or unique applications? Leave us your feedback in the comment section below. To learn more, visit http://www.airsquirrels.com.

September 9, 2015

Reflector Director 2.1 is available

A new version of Reflector Director for iOS is available. This update adds new, simple pairing options along with a user experience changes.

  • Reflector Director now supports pairing with Bluetooth* or scanning of a Reflector 2 QR Code
  • Reflector Director will now broadcast the paired computer as an AirPlay device if not detected on the network (for mirroring across subnets)
  • Added "Getting Started" tutorial to assist with initial setup and usage of Reflector Director
  • Added a Help Section which provides access to support and knowledge base tools
  • Resolved crashes that could occur when attempting to connect to Reflector
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes, improvements and crash resolutions

*Bluetooth discovery only supported on Reflector 2 for Mac

You can download Reflector Director version 2.1 from the iTunes store.

August 24, 2015

Introducing Reflector Student

Our latest advancement in screen-mirroring technology allows students to use their iPads and iPhones to see their teacher’s computer screen in real time. It also provides new connection methods in schools with restrictive networks. Oh yes, teacher friends. We’re excited about it, too.

Reflector Student is a free Reflector 2 companion app that runs on each student’s
iOS device. The app wirelessly communicates with the Reflector 2 software running on the teacher’s computer to display a live look at the teacher’s screen on every connected student device.

Reflector Student decreases classroom reliance on SMART boards and projectors and enables schools to get more out of their Reflector Student Pairing Optionsmobile devices. Students can now view the same websites, videos, peer work and presentations displayed on the big screen in the palm of their hands. This reduces the strain on students with visibility issues. It also allows teachers to show students what’s happening on their classmates’ screens.

The Reflector Student app acts as a workaround for schools that experience Reflector 2 connectivity problems. It should resolve issues for schools that host their student and teacher devices on separate networks. New Reflector 2 connection methods include:

  • Bluetooth discovery
  • Quick Connect Codes™
  • iOS camera linking

We know educators are always looking for the latest and greatest technology to keep their classrooms ahead of the curve. That’s why we’re constantly working on new screen-mirroring solutions to bring to your students.

Stay tuned for more updates. As always, feel free to offer suggestions or feedback in the comment section below. We love to hear from our friends and fans!

Click here for more information about Reflector Student.

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August 19, 2015

Stream Your Screen to Win Big with Squirrels

Reflector 2 now includes live YouTube streaming for mobile devices. To celebrate, we’re giving away a $150 Amazon gift card and a basket full of Squirrels swag.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on,” you say.

It’s true. The latest free Reflector 2 update allows users to wirelessly stream content from smart phones and mobile devices to YouTube in real time. Presentations, meetings, videos, photo streams, webcam sessions, mobile gameplay and more can instantly be live streamed to YouTube. You can now use Reflector 2 to reach a global audience at the push of a button.

“Yeah, that’s cool, but how do I win the prize?”

Ah, right.

To enter the Stream Your Screen Facebook contest, simply live stream a video from your smart phone or tablet to YouTube using Reflector 2. Remember, you can stream anything you want – a slideshow, video from your mobile device camera, gameplay, a lecture – anything. Then, submit the YouTube video link with a short description on our Stream Your Screen contest page.

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We’ll be awarding the prize to the video with the most votes, so don’t forget to tell all your friends and family to vote for you.

To start streaming with Reflector 2, simply connect your mobile device or devices to Reflector 2 and click the “Broadcast” button in the app. This will create a live feed of all of your connected devices to a global or private audience on YouTube.

To see your Live Events and find your video link in YouTube, go to "Creator Studio" and click "Video Manager" on the left side of the screen. Then select "Live Events." Post your video link onto our Facebook contest page to enter.

We’re always trying to expand our services to bring our fans the best possible screen-mirroring solutions. We hope you enjoy our latest version of Reflector 2. Have fun, and happy streaming!

To enter the contest, visit the Stream Your Screen Facebook contest page.

Learn more about YouTube live streaming with Reflector 2.

June 25, 2015

Squirrels Debuts Reflector Director

We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our latest development in screen-mirroring technology. Reflector Director, a companion app to Reflector 2, is a brand new, first-of-its-kind technology that allows Mac and PC users to remotely control their displays.

Picture this: With Reflector, you’re using an iPad or iPhone to command a presentation in the boardroom, deliver a lesson plan in the classroom or show vacation photos in the family living room. Your audience is captivated watching the big screen as you dictate what they see directly from your mobile device.

This display of technical know-how and Reflector screen mirroring technology is impressive. That is, until it’s time to mirror a different mobile device simultaneously.

Your time-crunched coworkers, eager students or impatient relatives grow increasingly distracted as you hurry back to your computer to manage the screen while another peer, student or family member connects their mobile device as well. Momentum halted. Audience lost. Game over.

We created Reflector Director to fix that awkward transition because nobody likes awkward moments. We cringe just thinking about it.

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Reflector Director helps you keep an engaged audience…engaged. You can preview and manage mirrored devices directly from your own mobile device with Reflector Director.  It allows you to immediately show the classroom what a specific student is working on or the rest of the boardroom that interesting graphic your coworker has on his tablet from the iPad or iPhone you’re holding in your hand. All without missing a beat.

A good presentation thrives on preparation, confidence and audience engagement.    Reflector Director makes audience participation and collaborative learning via mobile devices seamless. Device management has never been easier, and your audience has quite literally never been more connected.

Reflector Director features include the ability to:

  • Show and hide devices without disconnecting/reconnecting
  • Highlight one device to spotlight important content
  • Eliminate distractions with full screen mode
  • Change frames for optimum screen compatibility
  • Observe screen previews of each connected device before displaying to a larger screen

Reflector Director is a tool with the ability to change the way people learn and collaborate. Its value in education, business and home entertainment makes it a breakthrough in screen mirroring technology.

Check out Reflector Director for yourself. We hope you love it as much as we do. Visit www.reflectordirector.com for more information!

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!