Apple Tv - Stream iPad To Projector

rosco

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I would like to figure out a way to stream the display of the ipad to a projector via wireless. It looks like Apple TV could do the trick but I wanted to verify that was possible before I purchased one.

I want to stream the ipad display, so whether it's a web page that is on it, or another app I want to be able to have it show on the projector screen.

Is Apple TV what I need to do this?
 

Ampsonic

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which version iPad? I don't think the first generation will do screen mirroring. Both iPad and Apple TV will need to be on an existing wireless network as well (they don't connect directly)
 

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I agree with Ampsonic. I use an Apple TV to do it. If you don't have a wireless network, you may have another option.

I use mine for training classes. I run the PowerPoint off the iPad using my cell phone as a wireless router. This, of course, if you have that capability on your phone. I pay to have my smartphone to work as a wifi hotspot so it works well. As long as I'm not streaming from the internet, I don't use my available bandwidth.

I hope this helps.
 

rosco

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It's the iPad 2. There is an existing wireless network for them to use.

So, it seems like that's what I need then.
 

dr.stevil

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yup, should work perfect for your needs.


just a heads up, in case you weren't aware, the ATV2 only does 720P... so you'll probably want an ATV3 (1080P) unless the projector is a low resolution unit.
 

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How smooth is the mirroring?
I would imagine for basic web browsing/power point it is fine, but what about streaming games or high resolution video?
 

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How smooth is the mirroring?
I would imagine for basic web browsing/power point it is fine, but what about streaming games or high resolution video?

Significant lag, like a half second. Not for gaming really.
 

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What kind of resolution does the projector have?

Does the projector have HDMI? Alternatives are DVI or VGA with an adaptor

What aspect ratio is the projector?


The reason I ask is that I've been trying to get the projectors in our lecture halls fitted with ATV's, however, our system uses 4:3 aspect ratio w/o HDMI. There are ways around these issues - but its a long / draw out explanation.
 

rosco

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What kind of aspect ratio do I need for it to work properly with the Apple TV? Will that projector I linked to be OK?
 

dr.stevil

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What kind of aspect ratio do I need for it to work properly with the Apple TV? Will that projector I linked to be OK?

it shouldnt matter. When displayed on a 16:9 display, it will just use black bars and keep the native 4:3 aspect ratio.

Unless of cource the app uses something other than native. Playing most games designed to use airplay, for example, with display them in 16:9 (real racing 2, sky gamblers, etc)
 

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You can do it for a lot cheaper with a program called AirServer.

Just install it on your PC or Mac and you can AirPlay Mirror your iPad 2 to your computer screen and then just connect your PC to the projector.

http://www.airserverapp.com/

PC version doesn't have audio yet, but it will soon. I use it to play games like real racing from my ipad to projector and lag isn't a problem, at least not on my network.
 

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Do you get any drop outs with that app? I've tried it on my Mac and its not always smooth.
 

SirMaster

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I have only used the PC version without audio and it works just as good as when i used my parents ATV 2.

I have 802.11n with a really strong signal so maybe that helps. It's always really smooth with only a tiny delay that doesn't seem to affect my steering in Real Racing HD 2 at all.
 
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