What’s the first thing you notice in a meeting room? Probably aesthetics. And a tangle of wires, cables, and adapters doesn’t exactly present you as a streamlined and organized business. If you want to make your meetings more productive, your setup more smooth and your first impressions last in a positive way, you should seriously consider a wireless presentation solution.
Presenting wirelessly is a must in a modern in a business setting. But finding the right device for your business is no easy task. There’s a big difference in price, features and usability between different solutions, not to mention products made for home use versus products tailored to business settings.
When you’re looking for a wireless presentation solution, you first have to figure out the exact needs of your business setting and office setup. Are you utilizing a bunch of different OS and platforms or do you solely run, say, Windows? Do you need to present content on your screens even when no one is streaming to them? What kind of content do you want to display when you’re presenting in a meeting?
The three major ways to stream content are called screen mirroring, screencasting and screen sharing (learn more about the three terms here). By learning what they mean, you’ll know what’s right for your business. Here’s a highlight of three of the most prominent streaming solutions on the market, their main purposes and how they differ from each other.
Chromecast is a digital media player made by Google that works by screencasting. It’s a simple, cheap way to stream content directly from your mobile device or laptop to your TV. It delivers specific content from a sender device to a display on a receiver device. The sender application sends a message to the Chromecast receiver application to ensure that the streamed content can be handled outside the sender application.
That means good integration with streaming applications is an absolute must. Luckily, Chromecast works great with major video platforms such as Netflix, HBO and YouTube.
But while Chromecast is great for streaming videos and other similar kinds of content at home, managed via the Google Home App, it isn’t deployable across hundreds of screens within an organization, nor is the core Chromecast functionality all that applicable to a professional setting. In a more versatile business scenario with many different meeting rooms with different needs and screen setups, multiple connecting devices, Chromecast will fall short.
Chromecast doesn’t have any sort of device management, although you can make changes through the Google Home App. While Chromecast does allow you to set a backdrop to show personal photos, news, art, satellite images, and weather, there aren’t a lot of customization options. For businesses who want to utilize their screens with specifically tailored digital signage content, this can be a drawback.
In a smaller business setup with only one screen, however, that’s for example used to run a promotional video, Chromecast could still be a good (and cheap) choice.
See how Chromecast compares to Airtame right here.
Chromecast costs $35 per device (excl. VAT).
Whereas Chromecast is on the consumer end of the spectrum, Barco’s ClickShare is marketing to big-brand enterprises with their wireless presentation system that lets anyone in a meeting room connect to the big screen.
ClickShare works by mirroring what’s on the sending device’s screen and projecting it to the big screen. It requires a device called a ClickShare Button to be plugged into your computer if you’re sharing content from a laptop. For iOS and Android, there’s a free app, so it’s of course wireless.
While ClickShare supports both Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, Linux and Chromebook are not officially supported. However, you can try the Google Cast extension within the Google Chrome browser on both Linux and Chromebooks.
ClickShare uses the ClickShare Collaboration Management Suite (CMGS) for device management. Here you can monitor and manage settings plus update the wallpaper for when screens are idle.
The device required to connect a laptop to a screen makes ClickShare a less scalable solution because every room needs to be equipped with as many devices as there are presenters. It’s a reliable albeit quite costly solution.
See how ClickShare compares to Airtame right here.
ClickShare sells for a range of $1,000-$3,950 (excl. VAT).
Airtame works similarly to ClickShare by mirroring the content on the device and projecting it to a TV or projector. It’s a small piece of hardware that plugs into the display itself, with a free app that lets presenters connect to the display. Unlike ClickShare, there’s no need for any device plugged into the laptop.
Airtame 2 offers connectivity and mirroring for Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebook, and supports AirPlay iOS mirroring and presenting for Android. In a modern business setting where employees and guests alike are likely to bring different types of devices, this is a great advantage.
The other great advantage to Airtame is the cloud-based management platform called Airtame Cloud, where IT admins can monitor and manage all devices, perform bulk updates or even change the content on the screens when they’re not being streamed to. This puts an end to blank, idle screens in any business setting.
Airtame’s screen mirroring functionalities and many digital signage options make it an ideal choice for a business setting, with a price point applicable to both enterprises and startups.
Airtame costs $399 per device (excl. VAT).
Wireless presenting is a must in any business
Wireless presenting is increasingly a must-have in business settings, but there are many different routes to take to achieve it. Now that you’ve discovered some of the different wireless presentation solutions on the market, you’re better equipped to choose exactly the device that’s right for your company.
If you wish to know more about presenting wirelessly, reach out to Airtame’s Customer Success team.