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What Are the Best Qomo Qconnect Wireless Screen Sharing Alternatives for Your Boardroom or Classroom?

  • BenQ
  • 2020-10-31
What are the trade-offs for a lower-priced WiFi screen mirroring system compared to the market-leading models?

Wireless screen-sharing technology is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to improve your ability to social distance in a meeting room – as well as switch from one presenter to another on a classroom display such as a projector or interactive touch display. The Qomo QConnect 1700 is a midrange priced product that enables any Windows or MacBook to wirelessly mirror their screen using WiFi technology and a third party application. So how does this compare to other wireless presentation systems such as the Barco ClickShare, and the BenQ InstaShow? We’ll look at three major questions most buyers ask when evaluating wireless HDMI systems.

  • How easy is the device to set up and use?
  • How secure is it?
  • What type of devices will it work with?

How easy is it to set up and use?

The Qomo QConnect is a WiFi-based wireless presentation system where the system is designed to use your existing wireless network to share the video and audio from your computer. The main alternatives to this approach are button-based systems such as the Barco ClickShare and BenQ InstaShow, where a transmitter is plugged into the computer (or other devices) and can present with a single tap of a button.

Qomo QConnect 1700 (WiFi with App)

The Qomo QConnect 1700 has a more complicated setup process and needs to be configured to the local wireless network and requires third-party software to be loaded onto your computer. New users must download either the “Utility for Windows” or “Utility for Mac” app, then, click and download the “MirrorOp (Sender)” application.  You may need to disable some browser functions to download properly. Once you have everything configured, you are then instructed to create a USB “Token” that has essential login information and the applications needed to load onto a computer. You then configure the resolution of the HDMI or VGA port – up to 1080p. 

To use the system, you must log in to the same network that the receiver is on and type in the receiver’s IP address from the standby screen. Once connected, you then download two different applications, and then enter a PIN to ensure you are broadcasting to the correct receiver. Unlike similar WiFi based products such as Airtame, Qomo does not disclose how much network bandwidth is used by the system, and there are warnings in the manual that network bandwidth limitations could impact performance

BenQ InstaShow and Barco ClickShare

Because of their button-based architecture, these two are much simpler to setup. For the InstaShow, you simply plug in the receiver to the display (it auto-selects the resolution from the display) and then plug in the transmitter button to your device. There are no special applications or network configurations needed.   According to the Commercial Integrator magazine review, the process took under three minutes. The Barco ClickShare is similar, although they require an app to be loaded onto your PC before use.

Both systems are simple to use – just plug in a button transmitter to the HDMI port on your computer – and it automatically connects. It takes about 10 seconds for an InstaShow button to set up an encrypted link (more about that in the next section) and start sharing your screen. No special apps or network logins are needed.  

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How secure are these systems?

In 2019, there were over eight different security issues with different wireless presentation systems that enabled hackers to either bridge into a corporate network, shut down the network, or view confidential content being presented. How do these systems stack up?

Qomo QConnect 1700 (WiFi with App)

The Qomo has several aspects  that IT managers need to evaluate so they can be protected against security risks. 

Because it uses a connection to your corporate or campus network to work, IT managers will need to ensure the device is properly secured so that the device cannot be used for unauthorized network access. The Qomo also has the risk of unauthorized users being able to view and record confidential presentations if encryption is not configured by the administrator. For a presenter, there is no way of knowing whether their presentation is protected or not. The Qomo system is not ISO27001 certified,  and Qomo does not provide any additional documentation such as a security white paper.

BenQ InstaShow and Barco ClickShare

Both the BenQ InstaShow and Barco ClickShare systems are highly secure. Both these systems encrypt all content coming from the transmitters and each company is ISO 27001 certified. IT managers can download detailed security white papers on either model for review by security experts to examine important details of how the units are protected.   The BenQ InstaShow also has been certified against common threats by a third-party security company.

What devices can be used?

Both the Qomo QConnect and Barco ClickShare systems rely on software running on the presenter PC to mirror their screen onto the projector. This limits the support for the Qomo to common Windows and Mac PC’s and notebooks as the presentation devices that can use these apps. They can also be used with Android and iOS mobile devices as well when the proper app is loaded on these devices.

The BenQ InstaShow is unique in that it can connect with all the devices above – but also any HDMI enabled devices such as a Blu-ray player, digital camera, or digital signage media player. This can enable schools to use InstaShow buttons to wirelessly connect multiple digital microscopes in a lab to a central projector to view different student’s results. The InstaShow can also easily connect to any Chromebook via the HDMI output – just like a third party monitor.

So how do these stack up?

While the Qomo has the lowest MSRP of the three units, it is more complicated to set up and use – and has security issues that need to be considered if confidential information such as budgets or salary information are ever going to be presented on the system. Both the BenQ and Barco systems are easier to set up than the Qomo and are highly secure against being used for unauthorized network access or content viewing. Of the three – the BenQ InstaShow can work with the largest number of devices due to its unique HDMI architecture. The InstaShow will also support HDCP content being wirelessly transmitted and can support four simultaneous presenters on the same screen. 

 

BenQ InstaShow S

Qomo QConnect 1700

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

 

Ease of Setup & Use

BenQ InstaShow S

Easiest – no app or network needed

Qomo QConnect 1700

Complex – requires apps and network

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

Easier – requires app

 

Encryption

BenQ InstaShow S

128 bit on all transmissions

Qomo QConnect 1700

Optional

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

All transmissions encrypted

 

Is Security White Paper available?

BenQ InstaShow S

Yes

Qomo QConnect 1700

No

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

Yes

 

Can Stream HDCP Content

BenQ InstaShow S

Yes

Qomo QConnect 1700

No

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

Yes

 

Device Support

BenQ InstaShow S

Any device with HDMI output

Qomo QConnect 1700

Only Windows / Mac / iOS / Android

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

Only Windows / Mac / iOS / Android

 

Maximum Resolution

BenQ InstaShow S

4K

Qomo QConnect 1700

1080p

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

1080p

 

Max. Number of split screens

BenQ InstaShow S

Four

Qomo QConnect 1700

Four

Barco ClicksShare CS-200

Two

Want to talk to a wireless presentation expert?

If you would like to either try out a BenQ InstaShow in your collaboration space or classroom, you can fill out a form and we will send you one to evaluate right in your own meeting room! Just click here to learn more about how you can test out an InstaShow and see if it is right for you.  You can also call to talk to a wireless presentation expert at 888.818.5888 or connect via chat by clicking on the chatbox on the lower right on your screen so we can address your specific questions or arrange a demo.