Now that iPads, iPhones, and Android devices are becoming so widespread, many users are looking for ways to display their content to projectors & TV displays. Luckily, there are several different methods that we have used on installations and would recommend:
- Add an AppleTV as an input source: if you have a spare HDMI port, or DVI port (with converter), you can add an AppleTV as an input source to your projector. The AppleTV would need to be also added to your internal network, either wired or wireless. Then, using AirPlay you can display any content to your projector. The pros of this method are the low cost of an AppleTV. The cons are that the network configuration is not flexible, and there is no login security on what is displayed on the AppleTV.
- Add an AirServer software to an existing PC or MAC. It is installed on a PC or Mac that is connected to the projector. It will allow you to stream content or mirror your display from any IOS devices such as iPads or iPhones. Pros include low cost, many supported connection types (depends on PC), better networking, and 1080P support. Cons including needing a PC for this, although you can use it for anything else. For example, this is perfect for classrooms where you already have a PC attached to every projector.
- Add an AirMedia Presentation Gateway from Crestron to the system. This is a business class system that allows you to present from both IOS and Android devices. Pros include business level functions like security and Android capability. Cons include a higher cost.
- Add a Chromecast as an input source. You can then display content from Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and laptops. You can use either Chromecast enable apps on the device, and do a screen cast from an Android device.