September 25 , 2017

How To Connect An iPad To A Projector

Here’s an important piece of advice for anyone looking for a way to connect an iPad to a projector: 

Don’t do that.

Why?

Because if you’re looking for a way to connect an iPad to a projector, what you’re really looking for is a way to show a group of people in the same room what’s on your iPad.

Whatever method you’ve come across so far probably isn’t the best way to do it.

For instance, you might be inclined to manually connect the iPad to the projector via cable.

Nope. Don’t do that.

Why?

There are a number of reasons. Here are three big ones.

  1. Cables are restrictive and often require you to remain within a few feet of the projector. Limiting a presenter’s mobility makes it difficult to captivate an audience.

  2. Cable-based projector connections require outdated VGA and HDMI adapters. This is a problem because Apple has shown a tendency to change the connection ports on its devices.

    These adapters are not compatible with all iPads in use, and they will likely be incompatible with future iPad models.

  3. Connecting via cables is a huge time waster, especially if other people in the room, such as peers or students, need to share from their devices as well.

    Each new connection requires the individual to walk their device to the projector. This process interrupts the flow of any meeting, class or speech.

We know what you’re thinking.

What about connecting an Apple TV to the projector and wirelessly displaying the iPad to the Apple TV?

Nope. Don’t do that, either.

Apple TVs are expensive. A new one will cost about $200. That adds up if you need iPad presentation capabilities in multiple rooms.

Apple TVs only allow one device to wirelessly connect at a time. That’s not ideal for collaboration or comparative analysis purposes.

So what are you supposed to do?

The best way to connect an iPad to a projector

The best, most cost-effective way to connect an iPad to a projector is with a $15 computer application called Reflector 2.

Reflector is an application that runs on Mac or Windows computers. It allows you to wirelessly display one or more iPads on your computer screen.

Read: How to wirelessly connect an iPad to Reflector

To display the iPad to your audience, all you need to do is connect your Reflector-enabled computer to the projector with a cable. Whatever you do on your iPad will display on your computer, and the connected projector will show the iPad to your audience. You will be free to walk around the room and wirelessly present from the iPad in your hand.

Thinking about using Reflector?

Do that.

Reflector is more cost effective than Apple TVs, and it allows you to mirror more than one device at a time. It also gets rid of all of the HDMI and VGA cables and adapters required to connect an iPad to a projector.

You just solved at least three presentation problems with a $15 computer application. Exciting, right? 

Get Reflector today to begin wirelessly presenting from your iPad.

September 21 , 2017

How to Screen Mirror iOS 11 iPads and iPhones to Mac and Windows Computers

Screen mirroring iPad and iPhone screens to your Mac or Windows computer is easy with iOS 11.

All you need to do is add one application to your Mac or Windows computer to turn it into an AirPlay-compatible receiver.

That application is called Reflector 2. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Reflector to mirror and record iOS devices.

Mirroring your iPhone or iPad screen to a computer running Reflector is still fundamentally the same with iOS 11. The only difference is that AirPlay Mirroring is now called Screen Mirroring in the iPad and iPhone Control Center. 

Here’s how to mirror your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 to any Reflector-enabled Mac or Windows computer.

Step One

Check that your iOS 11 device and your computer running Reflector 2 are connected to the same network. 

Step Two

Open Reflector 2 on your Mac or Windows computer from your applications folder. 

Screen mirroring iOS 11 devices with Reflector 2

Step Three

Unlock your iOS 11 device, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Center and select Screen Mirroring. Note: iPhone X users need to swipe down from the top of the screen to select Screen Mirroring. 

iOS 11 Control Center

Step Four

Select your computer from the list of AirPlay-enabled receivers. 

iOS 11 Control Center - Screen Mirroring

Step Five

Once you've selected your computer, your device will wirelessly appear on your computer screen. Anything you do on your mobile device will happen on your computer in real time, including audio. 

Pro tip: You can wirelessly mirror more than just iPads and iPhones to your Reflector-enabled computer. You can also connect Android and Chromebook devices, and you can connect all of these devices simultaneously. 

Bonus Pro tip: How to record iOS 11, Android and Chromebook devices. Once a device is connected to Reflector, you will see a “Record” button in the top left corner of the mirrored device screen on your computer. Simply click that button to begin recording your session.

Purchase Reflector today to begin mirroring iOS 11 devices

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April 6 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream and Mirror the 2017 Masters For Easy Viewing

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Early April signals one thing for golf fans around the world – the Masters. It’s the Super Bowl of golf.  

This tournament is one of four major championships in professional golf and is played annually at the Augusta National Golf Club. Only the best of the best get to play on this historical course, including Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.

How to watch the Masters without cable 

Let’s be honest, our lives are busy and you won’t be able to catch every Masters shot on TV, or maybe you don't have cable to begin with. Here’s how you can stream the tournament for free online and feel like you’re on the green at Augusta National.

Masters.com

Masters.com will allow viewers to see live feeds in 4K from the range, practice facilities, Amen Corner (holes 11, 12 and 13), the 15th and 16th hole and several featured groups. It’s completely free and no account is required. Coverage will start on Monday, April 3, and conclude on Sunday, April 9.

Below is the full live streaming schedule on Masters.com.

Thursday, April 6

Honorary starters: 7:45 –  8:30 a.m.
On the range: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Featured groups: 9:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Amen Corner: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7

On the range: 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Featured groups: 9:15 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Amen Corner: 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 11:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8

Featured groups: 10:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On the range: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Amen Corner: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9

Featured groups: 10:15 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On the range: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Amen Corner: 11:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holes 15 and 16: 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Broadcast: 3 – 7:30 p.m.
Green jacket ceremony: 7 p.m. 

Masters viewing pro tip:

Nobody wants to watch the final putt of the 18th hole around a tiny computer screen. Download AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from your computer directly to an Apple TV or Chromecast.

Enter Masters.com in the Chrome or Firefox browser to stream the event. Then open AirParrot on your computer and select your browser as the “From” option. Select your Apple TV or Chromecast as the “To” option. This will wirelessly present the Masters from yoru computer to your TV and allow you to experience all the action on the big screen. 

The image below was taken from the AirParrot menu and shows you how to do this. You simply select your browser or application. Then select where to send it.

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Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

December 14 , 2016

Screen Mirroring Technology for 2017

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Screen mirroring technology has become more mainstream over the last few years. Prominent tech companies such as Samsung, Google and Apple have adopted screen mirroring in the form of their “Cast" and “AirPlay” technology. So what is screen mirroring and how does it work?

What is screen mirroring?
Screen mirroring is a form of wireless communication between devices that allows users to stream media, display content, record videos and more from one device screen to another. To put it simply, it’s a way for your phone, tablet or computer screen to appear on another screen wirelessly.

This technology is used in many industries to quickly and easily share content from one device to another. Educators, gamers, business professionals and general consumers use screen-mirroring technology for in-class content sharing, collaboration, meetings and mobile gameplay recording. For instance, screen mirroring can be used to take the budget reports or family photos on a little mobile device screen and wirelessly display it on a bigger, more visible screen.

How does is work?
There is no universal way to mirror device screens across all platforms. This can become confusing and frustrating to understand since each device uses different terminology and requires a different process. A lack of consistency has put an emphasis on third-party screen-mirroring solutions with cross-platform capabilities.

Here’s how screen mirroring differs among popular mobile devices and industries:

  • iOS devices: Use native AirPlay by swiping up from the bottom of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and select "AirPlay Mirroring" to view a list of available AirPlay receivers. Available receivers to connect to include Apple TV (hardware) and Reflector (an AirPlay and Cast receiving software for Mac/PC).
  • Chromebooks: Use native Cast technology built into the device by right clicking on the user icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the Chromebook desktop, select "Cast Devices Available" and choose from the list of available receivers to mirror to. Available receivers to connect to include Chromecast and Reflector.

Here’s how screen mirroring differs among popular laptops:

  • macOS computers  - These devices can screen mirror or stream content using built-in AirPlay (only available on Apple laptops released in 2012 or later) to Apple TV (hardware) or devices that are running Reflector, such as Windows computers, Android devices and Amazon Fire TV. In addition, adding third-party screen-mirroring software such as AirParrot allows Mac users to mirror or stream content to Chromecast or Apple TV with advanced features.
  • Windows computers - These devices are not equipped with native screen-mirroring technology. However, users can add AirParrot software to a computer to wirelessly mirror and stream content to Apple TVs, Chromecasts and Reflector-enabled devices.

Cloud-based screen-mirroring technology is a more recent screen-mirroing development.

  • Ditto - Ditto is a cloud-based screen-mirroring technology that's commonly used in business, higher education and hospitality environments. It assigns unique identification codes to Apple TVs and Chromecasts. Anyone with a Mac or Windows computer can walk into a room, enter that code at www.goditto.com and automatically connect their computer to the appropriate AirPlay or Cast receiver.

Education
Educators use screen mirroring to display and compare student work, record lesson plans, allow students to compete in education games side-by-side and so much more. Schools use third-party screen-mirroring receivers such as Reflector to wirelessly display mobile devices on the teacher's computer. Teachers can then display student content to the entire class by hooking up their computer to a projector or interactive whiteboard. This is a perfect way to display art projects, compare a history report or have fun student competition with apps like Quizlet.

Gaming
Mobile gamers use screen-mirroring solutions to mirror gameplay from their device to a computer screen. They are able to record the gameplay and upload the video, or live stream it from their device directly to YouTube when using a solution such as Reflector. So if you are an avid Candy Crush player, this is how you can record your skills and upload gameplay for the world to see. 

Business
Business professionals share presentations or reports, brainstorm and collaborate with one another directly from their tablets or phones to a computer screen or share from a computer screen to an Apple TV or Chromecast. Small businesses all the way up to enterprise-level companies can benefit from a screen-mirroring experience, whether you are brainstorming on the next t-shirt design or sharing a budget report.

Do you have any screen-mirroring experience or unique applications? Leave us your feedback in the comment section below. Check out the Squirrels suite of cross-platform screen-mirroring technology at www.airsquirrels.com for more details.

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.

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