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What is the difference between the Kramer Via Go and InstaShow WDC-10?

Wireless presentation systems have seen significant growth over the last few years, and according to Futuresource, entry-level models costing under $1000 make up over half of all wireless presentation solutions sold. While products like Chromecast and Apple TV were designed for the home, both the BenQ InstaShow and Kramer Via Go are popular wireless collaboration systems designed for both enterprise collaboration or shared educational meeting spaces. This article looks at how these two systems handle typical notebook use in small to medium-sized meeting rooms and huddle spaces.

These two systems use different methods to create a wireless collaboration environment. The Kramer Via Go uses a special software application that is loaded onto the presenter’s notebook and uses the corporate WiFi network to transmit the signal to the Via Go hub connected to the projector or flat panel. The BenQ InstaShow uses a physical transmitter button that plugs into the notebook’s HDMI or USB-C port that wirelessly transmits to a receiver that is connected projector or flat panel display. While both types of systems have been on the market for a few years, the majority of corporate meeting rooms use button type wireless displays.

To compare these systems, let us look at three major areas important to both the IT staff and meeting room users.

• How easy are these systems to set up and install?
• How easy is it for visitors to use?
• How does each system address security concerns?
• Unique advantages of each system

Kramer Via Go

The Via Go system uses software running on the notebook and a WiFi network to transmit the video to the Via Go hub connected to a display. While it can be setu up on a standalone basis, the system is designed to use existing networks. For enterprise network installations, IT administrators will need to ensure that details such as network addressing and segmentation is properly addressed. The VIA Go uses over 20 network ports that are required to be open for the system.

BenQ InstaShow

The InstaShow is designed for secure collaboration right out of the box in less than 10 min without IT support. Like the VIA Go, the user assembles and connects the receiver to a projector or display. The two InstaShow buttons are pre-paired to the receiver so it ready to use. Testing by the publication My Tech Decisions indicated it took only a few minutes to connect and use.

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The Kramer VIA Go also has network bandwidth requirements to enable the smooth sharing of different types of content:
• PowerPoint presentation display, document review, etc. – 1 Mbps per client
• Web browsing – 5 Mbps per client
• Video/multimedia streaming – 25 Mbps per client
These details and other network implementation topics can be found in the 29 page VIA IT Deployment Guide.

Other Features

Because of the difference in design architecture, both systems have some nice features that you may want to consider in your decision.

Product

BenQ InstaShow

VIA Go

Product

 

Unique Feature #1

 

BenQ InstaShow

 

Does not require any software or network connection

 

VIA Go

 

VIA App can enable tablets and phones to wirelessly connect

 

Product

 

Unique Feature #2

 

BenQ InstaShow

 

Button option for USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Notebooks such as MacBook Pro

 

VIA Go

 

Can present two images on the screen

 

Product

 

Unique Feature #3

 

BenQ InstaShow

 

iF Design Award

Good Design Award

Taiwan Excellence Award

 

VIA Go

 

InAVate Award

 

Conclusion

While the BenQ InstaShow WDC-10 has a higher MSRP than the Kramer VIA Go, it does have a number of advantages. The BenQ InstaShow delivers a wireless presentation system that is easy to install and setup without IT support and enables a visitor to start presenting in just seconds – without any software hassles.

The advanced encryption and other security features of both the VIA Go and InstaShow protect visitors and companies from unauthorized internal or external recording of sensitive presentations. With its button design and holder, the InstaShow also has won both the iF Design and Good Design awards for beauty and functionality, demonstrating that it not only works well, but it will also add style and class to your meeting space. Bottom Line - both systems are solid choices for a commercial meeting room or huddle space, but if you have concerns on software or are looking to minimize the impact on your network, you will want to take a close look at the BenQ InstaShow.

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