I'll second that recommendation.  AppleTV is fine (and I suppose necessary) for supporting the proliferation of Apple devices on campus.  However, I suspect there are still a few Windows and Android users out there who might appreciate having a nice, standards-compliant wireless display protocol available to them.  Pretty much all devices sold these days (except Apple devices) support the "Miracast" protocol (also known as Wi-Di), so that likely is what you want to look for in a wireless display solution.

We use one of these in our conference room:
We only just got it, so I can't comment much on performance yet.

A third option would be a Roku player, since Roku now supports Miracast.  I use one at my house, and it works amazingly well for streaming videos from my computer or Android phone.  Of course, Roku's aren't very "corporate".

The ActionTec devices that Geoff references are supposed to have Apple device support in the pipeline, and sounds like a very promising solution.

-J. Greg Mackinnon | ETS Systems Architecture and Administration | x68251 

-----Original Message-----
From: Technology Discussion at UVM [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Geoffrey Duke
Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 8:43 AM
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Subject: Re: AppleTV vs AirMedia

If the TV has multiple HDMI ports, why not have an AppleTV and another PC-friendly option? I recently saw a demo of an ActionTec device that seemed to work nicely. I wouldn't want to have to install software on my device just to be able to present to your screen.


-----Original Message-----
From: Technology Discussion at UVM [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dan Brisson
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:45 PM
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Subject: Re: AppleTV vs AirMedia

With respect to the AppleTV profileration, Jonathan is right although Apple has made it much easier to do AirPlay mirroring with the later model Apple TVs and tablets/phones/laptops.

The "discovery" of the Apple TV is actually done over Bluetooth and then the mirroring is done over an ad hoc wireless network between the tablet/phone/laptop and the AppleTV.  In that scenario, the mDNS traffic snooping that the wireless controllers are doing doesn't even come into play.

So barring Apple deciding to change something, it does seem like Apple TVs are a good, low-cost option.


On 10/29/15 4:11 PM, Jonathan L. Trigaux wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Oct 2015, Wesley Alan Wright wrote:
>> What¢s the word amongst the Intelligentsia with respect to AppleTV vs 
>> AirMedia for wireless laptop-> Giant TV screen sharing?
> I believe native AppleTV screen sharing/mirroring will be limited to 
> OS X 10.7+ and iOS devices only. Windows can stream AirPlay video to 
> an AppleTV via iTunes for Windows, but that'll just show the iTunes 
> content, not the Windows desktop.
> That said, there's quite a bit of AppleTV proliferation around campus 
> already -- there's at least 3 that I know of in Waterman alone.
> Network Services did a lot of work a few years back on getting mDNS 
> traffic to and from wireless APs, since then I haven't heard anyone 
> express any network-related difficulty in setting up an AppleTV.
> -JLT
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> Jonathan L. Trigaux
> Systems Architecture & Administration
> Enterprise Technology Services
> University of Vermont
> Burlington, VT 05405