IT Support 101: How to connect to your office projector.
Keeping things simple should be the motto of every business. Many offices love to present via presenters and with good reason. They want a large screen which we can see from the back of the room. And buying a projector for a thousand dollars versus a giant television screen for tens of thousands, we can see which is the more comfortable pick. Here we discuss some of the ways you can keep things as simple as possible. We will layout three options below, starting with the most complicated to the least complicated design.
Option A: Apple TV or Google Chromecast
There are other options out there, but let's try to keep it less complicated. Some offices filled with Macs and others filled with windows computers. A great way to make it easy to connect to a projector, especially one that is stuck up there in the ceiling, is to install an Apple TV or Google Chromecast device directly to the HDMI port. Between these two options, the Chromecast comes out on top.
Google has made the chromecast easy to use, and as long as you have your chromecast connected to the same wireless network, you can use your chrome browser to "cast" your screen out to it. Click here to read how to do that. And with the Apple TV, users who are familiar with 'mirroring' also know how to use it. You can broadcast your iPad, Mac, and iPhone to the Apple TV for easy viewing. The apple is slightly more comfortable to use since you can control it using a remote control. The chromecast requires an application for you to control it and is a little more complicated to set up. But the chromecast works for any computer that can install a chrome browser.
Option B: HDMI extension cable
A more do-it-yourself approach to the problem. Your projector is high up in the ceiling, and it is inconvenient to attaching an HDMI cable. You could hire a contractor that would extend all those ports to the ground, not an inexpensive solution. And you may have to redo it if you have to buy a new projector. A straightforward but messy solution is to buy a long HDMI extension cable. Yes the longer the HDMI cable, the dirtier the signal. But this is negligible, trust us. What you need is a convenience, the ability to connect your laptop to the projector. Once set up, we could even say this would be very, very easy to solve. Limitations would be laptops or devices that have a different output. You may have to find an adapter, but new laptops with mini ports usually do come with an adapter.
We are talking about the older generation ports. Still, we like this solution, and if you don't mind wires crawling above, this could prove to be an economical and simple solution. Very plug and play.
Option C: Ultra short throw projectors
You should check out our blog on ultra-short-throw projectors by clicking here. The most notorious problem with projectors, especially those mounted on the ceiling is how your shadow is always there. You have to stand far away and point a laser pointer on the screen to have a more seamless solution. I mean you can't stand in front of the projector's line of sight, and you're stuck presenting from the side of the screen. That would cramp anyone's style. What if there was a way around that? There is, and it's called an ultra-short throw projector. These projectors can be placed on a desk against the wall or screen as little as ten centimetres away and still be able to project a large screen. And with you standing nowhere in between the projector and screen, there is no shadow at all right? So you can do a presentation like Steve Jobs used to do, wear a turtle neck, put your palms together, smirk and walk up and down without making any eye contact with anyone.
Way too specific that was. But that is not all, because now the device is right there, in front of you. Do you wish to make the screen bigger? Just pull it away from the screen, and it becomes larger with some models able to project a screen over a hundred inches. Simple. You wouldn't need a long wire or anything of the sort, place your device or laptop right next to the projector and play it from there. Sometimes you need a device to be right there in front of you, to be able to move it to where you need to be. And especially when it comes to a projector, it does help a lot if you can click on some manual buttons to focus, zoom and set the brightness levels. It allows you to prepare your presentation beforehand easily and almost anyone with a little bit of experience with projectors would be able to place an ultra-short-throw projector correctly. Professionalism is key here with no wires hanging around or fumbling with applications that seem to have trouble connecting. Sometimes a raw hardware option is the best.
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