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Using AirServer to Mirror iPads to Laptops

Screen Shot 2013-08-13 at 6.43.19 PM When I am giving presentations and leading workshops I like to use AirServer to mirror my iPad to my laptop. That allows me to project my iPad’s screen without being tethered to VGA cable. At $14.99 (less with volume pricing) AirServer is a heck of a lot cheaper than Apple TV too. Usually everything works well when I use this system. Today, that wasn’t the case.

Today, during three of presentations that I gave, including the keynote, one or more people accidentally broadcast their iPads to my laptop which in turn meant that their iPad screens were broadcast to the whole audience. The reason that this happened was that I hadn’t set an AirServer password.

The lesson here is if you are going to use AirServer in your classroom or in a presentation as I was today, make sure that you set a password to prevent others from accidentally sharing their screens to your computer.

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AirServer works on Macs and on Windows computers. It costs $14.99 for an individual license that you can use on up to five computers. Schools that purchase twenty or more licenses can buy them for $3.99 a piece.

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