Setting up the war room in a hotel room is pretty commonplace. Sometimes, depending on room availability, you might not have enough room to set up a projector and screen. An easy option is to use the hotel TV to display what’s on the laptop. Hopefully, the TV takes a VGA or HDMI connection and then you have to run cables across the hotel room floor etc and things can get pretty messy, pretty fast.
What are the alternatives?
There are a few reliable choices that range from $15 – $500 and some that are better than others. For some of these wireless connections, you will need an AppleTV ($69.00) or Chromecast ($35) receiver to display on the TV.
You can also go the WiDi/Miracast ($50) route and be able to mirror your laptop/desktop display. For the majority of the work we do at trial, the WiDi/Miracast route is a very reliable and an easy to set up possibility. http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/p/wireless-display-adapter
If you are using AppleTV or Chromecast on a Windows based laptop, you will need some software to help you out. AirParrot 2 (www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot ) is a great solution that will distribute your content to multiple receivers. It is easy to set up and very simple to configure.
From the AirSquirrels website:
“AirParrot allows you to wirelessly beam your screen or media files to a variety of media receivers. AirParrot quickly discovers available receivers on your network, and uses Quick Connect™ to connect directly to a device running Reflector®. Easily share your screen, videos, audio, presentations and so much more.”
“AirParrot is designed to send content to a number of media receivers, even simultaneously. Broadcast to multiple devices like Apple TV and Chromecast, or share audio around the house to AirPlay-enabled speakers. Use AirParrot in combination with Reflector to create a seamless mirroring experience to any computer or device. Never worry about compatibility issues again; share from any device, to any device!”
If you are wondering if this product will work for you – A single license for Mac & Windows is only $14.99. Well worth the money to just try it out.
The requirements are pretty straight forward:
Finally, if you have an HDMI port on your laptop, you can set up a wireless HDMI system via an HDMI transmitter and receiver. One of these kits will cost about $200 and still requires a wired connection to the transmitter. http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-XWH200-Universal-Wireless-Video/product-reviews/B004M18AYG
The technology for wireless display is always improving and is becoming a standard option for many laptops being manufactured today. Keep an eye out for some of the new WiDi enhancements from Intel later this year.
I think wireless display capability is one of the many tools needed in a technology consultant’s tool box, especially if you find yourself needing to show your laptop screen wirelessly in the Courtroom, War Room or Hotel Room.