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Started by Iva Hamilton 10 May 2013 9:53am () Replies (20)

Hi All

Is anyone using Apple TV with their iPads in classrooms... and are you using a TV as screen or using your normal screen. We are exploring to use an iPad app - Air server ($15 for 5 licences) to project iPad screen on big screen thru laptop. Is anyone using/have used this app?

I'd also be keen to find out what schools are using when multiple users want to share their work on the screen.


  • Teresa (View all users posts) 01 Jul 2013 8:51pm ()

    Thanks for this, guys- may explain the issues I've been having. I will definitely investigate further. Cheers

  • Sinead Grimes (View all users posts) 28 Jun 2013 6:39pm ()

    It's probably Direct X? Not exactly sure what this does, (maybe somebody can enlighten me here?) but most of the laptops in our school asked for this to be installed first before we could run all the licenses I bought for Airserver which is much the same as Reflector (without the recording ability and cheaper). Once Direct X is downloaded as a zipped file, create a new folder somewhere to extract to as there are about 100 files. You have to search among them to find the installation one to run it. Only then did it allow us to install our Airserver software.

  • Craig Harrison (View all users posts) 28 Jun 2013 10:40am ()

    I would also recomend checking to see if the serial numbers match this list.  We had 5 of our Apple TV's replaced under this recall due to intermittent WiFi problems.  I stumbled upon the article by accident when searching the net for solutions to our Apple TV conneciton problems and when I sent the five that matched into the service center one at a time they were all replaced.

    We also found some improvement when turning on the passcode feature on the Apple TV as this prevents any other devices from interupting the session once it is established and the passcode entered which previosuly students could do accidentally from their device.

    Finally as others have suggested we are now adding cabled connections to each of our Apple TV's which we are expecting to improve performance.

    Also unfortunately the Apple TV's use an Apple protocol called Bonjour which is fine for small home networks but does not work very well in school networks where there are lots of devices and multiple Apple TV's.  It would be worth talking to your WiFi/Network provider/specialist about the Apple Bonjour protocol and if there are any settings they can change on your network to aleviate some of the problems with Bonjour and the broadcast/multicast traffic it generates.  However this may first require the Apple TV's to all have cabled connections.

  • Warren Grieve (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2013 9:23pm ()

    Need to check to see if your Apple TV's are part of this batch in NZ. We have sent all of ours back (one at a time) and they have all been replaced. http://www.macworld.com/article/2034731/report-apple-replacing-some-third-gen-apple-tv-units-with-wi-fi-issues.html#tk.rss_all?utm_source=feedly

  • Teresa (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2013 8:42pm ()

    Having the same problems myself. Seems any device in the vicinity can disrupt what you're playing with aple tv and it keeps dropping out. Issues with dvds and audio too. I've tried reflector with and without cables but they all have their drawbacks. Apparently we have a robust wifi system??! Still searching for the answer...

  • Eric Martini (View all users posts) 26 Jun 2013 4:24pm ()

    Regarding the Reflector App.... the reflector app will only play 10min at a time until you purchase a license.. so the first question is, has someone bought a licence for the reflector app. If so, then maybe the registration code has been deleted or wasn't applied correctly - thus Reflector defaults to the time restricted demo. Also if the code was entered on another computer you'll need to purchase another licence for it?

  • Tori (View all users posts) 26 Jun 2013 4:12pm ()

    We started to use reflector app and it would only work for 10minutes at a time and it was very slow to reflect the images from the ipad, so we have flagged that and are looking airserver. everytime I download it it says we need to down load direct something, so we do that and then it still wont let us download airserver. any suggestions? are we doing something wrong?

  • iDave (View all users posts) 24 Jun 2013 8:09pm ()

    Hi John

    Not sure if you have solved your issue.  We have Apple TVs etc and they all work well. We have an AP in every room - we used to have them spread for coverage but began to have problems with as more devices came on. Now we go for through-put which means more access points.  Our AppleTVs are also connected to the network via the ethernet port.  This help a lot as it cut down the wireles traffic to the ATV - we noticed a big improvement in reliability when we did that.   

  • Suskya Goodall (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2013 12:09pm ()

    Just a thought John about the issue... After some a Ruckus conference last year, I now have a different understanding on the importance of where we place our APs and fixed devices. You may want to do a site survey if you to do a quick check of where the best places for large fixed devices are or if APs need to be added or moved. :)

  • John O'Regan (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2013 7:36am ()

    We are just in the process of setting up apple TVs in our syndicate and have found a few issues. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

    We use a ruckus wireless system, with the apple TVs and our iOS devices all on the same network. However getting a transmission through the Airplay from the tvs to our devices is intermittent at best. When we do connect it seems to be very location sensitive. I can hook into the one in my class from the far end of the corridor, but not from inside my classroom!

    A bit frustrating, especially when I hear how easy it should be. Any ideas?

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