June 29 , 2016

How to use Ditto to Connect to a Computer Running Reflector 2

Ditto and Reflector 2Ditto is a versatile screen-sharing solution. It allows anyone to easily share their computer screen to a display connected to an Apple TV, Chromecast or any computer equipped with our Reflector 2 software.

Conference room displays and TVs are commonly powered by a computer so presenters can incorporate software for note taking and online conferencing. If that computer is also equipped with Reflector 2—a software that receives AirPlay and Google Cast connections—then others in the room can wirelessly share their iOS, Android, Chromebook, Mac and PC screens to the conference room display.

So how does our Ditto Mac/PC screen-sharing service work with our Reflector AirPlay/Google Cast receiving app? It’s surprisingly simple!

The process is similar to setting up a Chromecast or Apple TV. To begin, be sure you’ve downloaded and installed the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring receiver on your Mac or PC.

Once installed, open Reflector 2. The computer will begin broadcasting as an available receiver for iOS and Android devices. Our Ditto configuration utility will also see Reflector 2 running on the computer and allow it as a supported receiver. The configuration utility is the easiest and best way to add a Reflector-enabled computer to your Ditto account. Alternatively, you can manually add the computer to your Ditto account by entering the receiving computer’s information in the Ditto account portal.

Once the computer running Reflector 2 is added to Ditto, anyone with a computer and an internet connection can wirelessly share their screen to the Reflector-enabled computer. All they have to do is visit connect.goditto.com and enter the Reflector-enabled computer’s unique Ditto code.

April 19 , 2016

Optimize Reflector 2 for the Classroom

We’re proud to say that Reflector 2 is now in more than 100,000 classrooms across the world! Educators use it as an affordable way to quickly, conveniently and wirelessly display mobile devices to larger screens in the classroom.

What often gets overlooked is that there are certain Reflector 2 settings educators can take advantage of to make it ideal for the classroom. The following is a list of settings that will optimize our Reflector 2 screen-mirroring technology for use in any classroom environment.

Broadcast Name
Since Reflector 2 runs on the teacher’s Mac or Windows computer, the teacher should change the Reflector 2 Broadcast Name to his or her name. This will allow the students to easily identify the appropriate computer to connect their mobile devices.

Example: Instead of naming the computer “Computer 1314" or using the teacher’s first name, use something more specific like “Mrs. Smith’s Computer."

Click the Reflector 2 icon near your computer’s clock and then click on the gear wheel in the bottom right corner to access Reflector 2 preferences. After that, click “General.” From there, you can edit your computer’s Broadcast Name.

Reflector 2 Classroom Optimization

Show Client Name
We recommend you set the “Show Client Name” option to “Always.” When a student or teacher connects a mobile device (such as an iPad, iPhone, Android device, Chromebook or Surface Pro) to Reflector 2, the device name will appear and stay on the computer screen. This will show the teacher which students are connected and displaying content to Reflector 2.

Go to Preferences> General > Show Client Name > Always

Connection preferences
We recommend that teachers change the connection preference to “Connect and Hide.” When this preference is turned on, a device will not be automatically shown on the screen when it connects to Reflector 2. The teacher can choose to show or hide each device from the Reflector 2 control panel. Turning “Connect and Hide” on prevents students and other teachers from interrupting class by displaying their device on the big screen when it isn't meant to be displayed.

Go to Preferences > Connection > On Connection > Connect and Hide Device

Enable AirPlay and Cast Connections
We recommended that teachers enable both AirPlay and Google Cast device connections in Reflector 2. Enabling AirPlay connections allows students with iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices to connect to Reflector 2. Enabling Google Cast connections allows students using Chromebooks and most Android devices to connect.

Students using Surface Pros must download AirParrot 2 onto their Surface tablet since Surface Pros do not have AirPlay or Cast technology built in. AirParrot 2 adds AirPlay and Cast technology to Surface Pros to enable wireless streaming and mirroring to Reflector 2, Apple TV or Chromecast.

Go to Preferences > Advanced > AirPlay/Google Cast > Enabled

Set Reflector to “Always on top”
This setting will automatically place your mirrored devices on top of all other open windows and applications.

Go to Preferences > General > Click “Always on top”

Director and Student - “Allow to discover this device” 
Reflector Director ($6.99) and Reflector Student (free) are our Reflector 2 companion apps.

  • Reflector Director is an app that turns a teacher’s iPad or iPhone into a remote for Reflector 2. Teachers can access the Reflector 2 controls from their mobile device. This allows them to walk around the room while remaining in control of Reflector 2 rather than being anchored at the computer.
  • Reflector Student is an app for student iPads and iPhones. It shows students the same Reflector 2 display that the teacher sees on the computer. It also provides connectivity alternatives for schools with restrictive networks.

There are two steps for this one:

  1. Go to Preferences > Director > “Allow to discover”
  2. Go to Preferences > Student > “Allow to discover”
April 15 , 2016

Reflector 2.5 for Mac and Windows Is Now Available

Reflector 2.5 for Mac and Windows is now available. The update brings 13 new languages to Reflector 2, including Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Dutch, Korean, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Italian and Danish.

Users that have their language set to one of these languages in OS X or Windows will see the user interface in that language.

This update also adds complete screen-mirroring support for the iPad Pro 9.7” screen and the iPhone SE (frames included) and fixes black screen issues when mirroring.

If you do not have the Reflector 2 desktop screen-mirroring app, you can download it in your preferred language at http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/select-language/.

April 14 , 2016

Reflector and AirParrot Screen-Mirroring Solutions Add 13 New Language Options

We’re excited to announce that our Reflector and AirParrot screen-mirroring solutions are now available in 13 new languages.

B Inclusive

Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2 are available in the following languages:

  • Cantonese
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Spanish

We believe that our global customer base should be able to enjoy our industry-leading screen mirroring apps without worrying about language barriers. Offering translated versions of our most popular apps makes them more accessible to many new and current consumers.

Thanks to all of the awesome volunteers who offered to help us translate Reflector and AirParrot. We are grateful for your support and hard work.

The translated versions of Reflector 2 ($14.99 USD) and AirParrot 2 ($12.99 USD) are now available. Let us know if you have and questions in the comment section below!

February 11 , 2016

Reflector for Android 2.1 is Available

Reflector for Android version 2.1 is now available on the Google Play Store.

This update adds Android TV support along with support for YouTube, Vimeo and Hulu video streaming services. The update also includes miscellaneous fixes and improvements.

You can download the update by visiting the Google Play Store on your device.

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