How can I display Proclaim wirelessly?

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David R Howell | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 19 2019 5:40 PM

We are installing screens at my church for the first time. We plan to use 3 TV screens, as it appears to be more cost effective than installing a large projector, etc.  My A/V booth is a long way from the screens, so I'm trying to figure out how to "send" the Proclaim signal wirelessly.

Any suggestions?  I looked at a Chromecast, but I'm not sure it will work. I suppose I could also look at Apple TV, but that still involves me running hard cables in our attic, etc. and the distance would still be far between the 3 screens.  

I welcome any feedback!  Thanks in advance.

David-

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 19 2019 8:09 PM

Our church uses three Vizio TV's that go into an hdmi hub and we connect that to the computer. So we are wired. However, I believe that if you buy TV's that can connect to your wifi network, I believe that proclaim has a feature that will find those monitors and allow you to transmit to them.

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 19 2019 11:20 PM

Chromecast won't work well from Mac or Windows. It's great from an Android phone, of course.

Three options:

  1. If you're using a Mac, an Apple TV should work well. You could have one Apple TV, and then a wired HDMI splitter which takes the signal to all three TVs. Or you could perhaps buy three Apple TVs. I think Macs support multiple Apple TVs, but you'd need to check with someone.
  2. If you're on Windows, you should probably use Miracast. Microsoft have a Wireless Display Adaptor that plugs into your TV and receives the wireless signal.
  3. On both Mac and PC, you could use a Wireless HDMI transmitter. In this scenario, you'd have two options:
    1. Use an AppleTV or Wireless Display Adaptor, as above, but have that device connect to a three-way splitter. One connection goes to the central TV, while the other two connections go to wireless HDMI transmitters to transmit the signal to the other two screens.
    2. Or, skip the Apple TV/Wireless Display Adaptor altogether, and connect your laptop direct to the splitter. Then have three wireless transmitters, each transmitting to a separate TV.

A note: driving three additional screens (especially wirelessly) will put a big burden on your sending Mac/PC. A cheap laptop might not be able to cope. Driving one additional screen that is then split three ways is much easier on your sending PC.

I've not tried any of these exact scenarios, but my gut reaction is that the less wireless parts the better. But if you must have all wireless then (3.2) would probably be the most reliable, so long as the wireless transmitters didn't interfere with each other.

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Kevin A. Purcell | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 24 2019 9:03 AM

I have tried to use Apple TV as a monitor and it is not ready for production. When all the people and their phones or tablets show up with wifi it seems to interfere. I get drops all the time and I would not recommend it.

There are professional wireless video solutions. Your computer would see it as an  external monitor and you have the transmitter connected to the computer while the receiver is connected to the displays. Some have multiple outputs. These solutions can be anywhere from a hundred to hundreds of dollars. The best option, despite the pain of wiring, is to install an HDMI to CAT6 adapter on both ends and use CAT6 cable to go from the computer to the monitors. That's what we do and it has worked well for 12 years now. We just upgraded to new ones but I didn't buy them so I can't show a link to the right devices.

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