Our classrooms and meeting rooms have Apple TV devices, which allow you to mirror the screen from your laptop or mobile device to the screen in front of the room wirelessly. They also have HDMI ports which allow you to mirror your screen via a cable. The method used depends on what type of device you have and who you are.
If you're a current student or employee, you can use either the wireless or wired method explained below. If you're a guest of the college (i.e. meeting organizer, running a summer camp, etc), the wired method is your only option.
Before proceeding, be sure you know which of the two methods you will use:
- Wireless - Apple TV
- Wired - HDMI
In any classroom, the control box is mounted on the wall, usually near the light switch. It's labeled with the word "Extron". To start the system, follow these two steps:
- Touch the screen.
- Touch the icon for connection method.
Apple icon = Apple TV
plug icon = HDMI
That's all you need to do to start the system. The projector will power on and the screen will lower, both automatically. When done, just press the power button on the control box.
Wired Method - HDMI
All classrooms also have an HDMI jack on the wall along with an HDMI cable. Plug that cable into your device.
If your device does not have an HDMI port, we recommend that you purchase an adapter to carry with you so that you always have this capability. HDMI is an industry standard for connecting devices to TVs, monitors, and projectors. We're happy to help identify the appropriate adapter for you; just stop in at the Service Desk.
Using an HDMI cable is the only option for guests who are visiting campus and using our facilities.
Wireless Method - Apple TV
Connect your device to the appropriate Apple TV WiFi network. In the list of available WiFi networks, find the one that matches the building you're in (i.e. the network in Cofrin Hall is called "COFAppleTV"). You will need to contact the ITS Service Desk to get the password for this network.
The next step depends on your device.
To mirror the screen of your MacBook, running macOS Big Sur (11.0) or newer, use AirPlay by following the steps in the following article from Apple: AirPlay from Mac running Big Sur or newer
To mirror the screen of your MacBook, running macOS Catalina or older, use AirPlay by following the steps in the following article from Apple: AirPlay from Mac running Catalina or older
To mirror the screen from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, use AirPlay by following the steps in the following article from Apple: How to AirPlay video and mirror your device's screen
To mirror the screen from your Windows laptop, you'll need to download and install AirParrot. While AirParrot provides a free trial version, we recommend that you purchase an individual license for the software (we do not have a site license). After AirParrot is installed and running, click on the AirParrot icon in the system tray and connect to the appropriate Apple TV device from the list.
IMPORTANT: Since AirParrot is not developed by Apple, we occasionally see issues where a specific version of AirParrot may not work with a specific update of an Apple TV device or an update of Windows. Therefore, this solution can never be as robust or reliable as using AirPlay on an Apple device. If you experience issues, just let us know so that we can look into it. In the meantime, we suggest using an HDMI cable.
An Apple TV is located at the ITS Service Desk in Cofrin Hall. Feel free to stop in with your laptop to test a wireless or wired connection.
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