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What is the Best Wireless HDMI Screen Mirroring System to use with Linux Devices?

Here are the most popular Wireless HDMI Presentation systems that enable Linux devices to present on a projector

BenQ North America
2019/11/25
BenQ InstaShow Wireless HDMI Screen Mirroring for Linux

A recent IDC report identified Linux as one of the fastest-growing worldwide operating systems as the open-source OS is now used in desktop computers, thin clients, development boards, and other innovative applications. Yet when it comes time to connect these devices to a meeting room display, most of the time you are stuck stringing an HDMI cable over the floor or through a wall. No longer.

With wireless presentation systems now growing at 40% in 2018, it only makes sense that companies will eventually enable Linux devices to connect to a projector without a cable. But which ones work with Linux – and how hard are they set up and use? In this article, we will evaluate different wireless presentation systems on 1) Flexibility, 2) Security, and 3) Cost.

How flexible are wireless presentation systems with Linux devices?

Three popular collaboration systems support Linux devices to some degree. The BenQ InstaShow can support any Linux device that outputs an HDMI 1.4 signal, which includes nearly every development board such as Raspberry Pi, Ubuntu, and other Linux devices. Just connect the HDMI button to your device – and tap to present onto a projector or larger flat panel display. BenQ designed InstaShow for a wide variety of devices and technical instruments beyond traditional notebooks, phones, and tablets.

Another alternative is the Airtame2 system that uses an proprietary application that supports Ubuntu but is not officially supported on Fedora or other Linux based OS. Finally, while the Barco ClickShare CS-200 has discontinued support for their Linux client but does support Google cast.

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How secure is the content?

IT experts prefer Linux due to its ability to move data securely with less risk of attack. For a wireless presentation system, this is also a concern as unsecured wireless transmissions could be recorded or captured.

The BenQ InstaShow systems seamlessly encrypts all the data being transmitted through the InstaShow button to the receiver using advanced 128-bit security. The Airtame does not encrypt any transmissions sent through the network.

How flexible are they to use with different devices?

Professionals such as engineers, scientists,photographers, and realtors often utilize Linux based devices, and also have other equipment such as cameras, media players, and technical instruments that may need to connect to a wireless collaboration system. With an InstaShow, you can connect nearly any device (such as a Raspberry Pi or digital camera) that outputs HDMI to a projector or flat panel display simply by plugging in a button.

How much do they cost?

For commercial wireless presentation systems, many IT managers utilize the Gartner TCO model for wireless presentation systems to calculate the cost of setup, network configuration, app deployment, and network device management. While both the BenQ and the Barco ClickShare CS-200 have a higher initial cost, they don’t need complicated network setup or testing and don’t impact the available bandwidth of the network typically needed with the AirTame2.

How do the models compare?

While there are many choices for wireless HDMI screen mirroring systems, here is a summary of how the top-selling commercial wireless presentation systems that are popular for corporate and education collaboration stack up when using Linux devices.

Feature BenQ InstaShow S BenQ InstaShow Barco Clickshare CS-200 Airtame2
Feature
Easy to use - Connection options
BenQ InstaShow S

USB-C Button

HDMI Button

 

BenQ InstaShow

USB-C Button

HDMI Button

Barco Clickshare CS-200
No Linux support - only Google Chromecast
Airtame2
Airtame Linux App for Ubuntu devices
Feature
Easy to set up
BenQ InstaShow S
Very Easy - no networking or apps required
BenQ InstaShow
Very Easy - no networking or apps required
Barco Clickshare CS-200
Easy - no networking required
Airtame2

Complicated –

Excess bandwidth and network configuration required.  App required for use

Feature
Security - Encryption
BenQ InstaShow S
128-bit encryption
BenQ InstaShow
128-bit encryption
Barco Clickshare CS-200
128-bit encryption
Airtame2
No encryption
Feature
# of Presenters on the screen at once
BenQ InstaShow S
Four
BenQ InstaShow
One
Barco Clickshare CS-200
Two
Airtame2
One
Feature
 
BenQ InstaShow S
 
BenQ InstaShow
 
Barco Clickshare CS-200
 
Airtame2
 

Why consider InstaShow for use with your Linux devices?

InstaShow delivers a simple and reliable way to wirelessly present from nearly any Linux device with an HDMI port. The InstaShow button takes the HDMI 1.4 output and wirelessly encrypts and transmits the stream to the receiver for a stress-free presentation. And with the InstaShow S, you can add up to four presenters at the same time – perfect for scrums and detailed collaboration sessions.

Try InstaShow for your organization at no cost for 30 days.

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