Native streaming protocols allow for different ways to connect to an Airtame screen. They do not require an app and they are already on your PC, phone, or tablet.
The native streaming protocols in Airtame are:
- AirPlay for iOS and macOS.
- Google Cast for Chromebook and Android devices.
- Miracast for Windows and some Android devices.
These protocols are disabled by default. If you would like to use them, they should be actively enabled.
The AirPlay protocol lets you use the screen-sharing functionality that’s already built into macOS and iOS devices, eliminating the need to install the Airtame desktop app. AirPlay also lets you extend your desktop from your MacBook to use an Airtame-equipped screen as an additional display. This is ideal for many presentation scenarios in which you want to view your presenter notes privately while sharing different content with Airtame.
With Google Cast you can fully mirror your screen from your Android devices as well as Chrome OS, and when casting via the Chrome browser from any operating system, without the need for the Airtame app. Google Cast mirroring streams are encoded in H.264 or VP8 formats and transmitted as UDP packets.
The Miracast protocol lets you use the screen-sharing functionality that’s already built into Windows and Android devices, eliminating the need to install the Airtame desktop app. Miracast also lets Windows users extend their desktop and use Airtame as an additional display. An additional benefit of Miracast is that it supports Touchback functionality on interactive whiteboards.
How does Miracast work on your network?
The Miracast native streaming protocol can work in two different ways: Peer 2 Peer and Miracast over Infrastructure.
The Peer 2 Peer (P2P) setup works the same way as far as the presenter is concerned, but the key difference is that it relies on the Airtame device's access point (AP) being enabled. The benefit of this is that screen sharing can take place independently of the network, as the connection is direct from a presenter’s PC to the Airtame’s access point.
The Miracast over Infrastructure setup
This is a great option for those who want to let presenters use the built-in screen-sharing functionality of their Windows devices, but do not want to have active access points on Airtame devices. The connection goes over the local network (LAN). Initial discovery is still done in a P2P (Peer-to-peer) mode, but no APs need to be enabled.