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In the Projector People tradition, we have done the research for you.This article will help you understand the networking andfile sharing capabilities of projectors - giving you a comprehensive look at what is possible today, and what to watch for in the future.
How do network projectors differ from other projectors?
Years ago a peripheral device, such as a printer, had to be connected directly to your computer in order for a program to access it. Today offices can use a LAN (local area network) to allow several users to share assets such as printers, scanners and file servers, saving end users time and the saving the company costly overhead expenses. Recent advances have now made it possible for video projectors to be shared or accessed through an existing network.
The network projector is just like any other projector with the addition of one key feature - a unique IP address. Using the distinct address, an IT manager can locate the projector on the network, communicate with it, and perform various functions remotely. Network addresses are established by using IP addressable NIC (network interface card) cards, which are either built in to the projector, or added through a PCMCIA card slot or RS-232 port.
Network projector benefits for your business, school, or organization.
There are primarily two different customer needs that networking solves. One is the ability to manage projectors the same way other peripherals are managed. That means remote access and control to perform routine, sometimes time consuming and costly, tasks like troubleshooting and shutting down projectors throughout a large facility.
The other need is the ability to transmit content, like a presentation or a spreadsheet, over a network so that hard copies and computers can be left behind. Imagine a strategy session where each participant can simply access materials directly from the network through the projector. Meetings will be more dynamic, more productive and take less time.
- Reduce cost of managing projector resources.
- Improve efficiency in collaborative meetings.
- Empower presenters with remote tech support.
- Added security with disconnection email alerts and password protection.
Benefits for Projector Managers
With a projector added to an existing network, IT departments can perform many functions remotely that they previously had to perform in person. Time and money saving functions featured on many new network-capable projectors include:
- Remote diagnostics. Technical issues, including input selection and picture adjustments, can be resolved remotely in real-time.
- Maintenance alerts. Automatic email notices will announce required maintenance, such as lamp or filter replacements.
- Increased security. An email and/or a page can be sent when a projector is disconnected from the network.
- Economical use. Automatic shut down times can be set for end-of-day, weekends and holidays.
- Projector groups. Remotely access and control a single projector, or group of projectors at once.
- MMC or SNMP integration. Projectors are easy and seamless additions to the network.
Benefits for Projector Users
Presenters like teachers, sales representatives, corporate trainers and frequent meeting attendees, will appreciate the convenience a network projector offers. New file-sharing and on-board computing capabilities make your projector a much more productive meeting tool.
- On-board computing. Upload, store and present Excel worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, JPEG images, and more.
- Network access. Surf the Internet or access content on the company network directly from the projector.
- Password protection. Full operation and control from network web browser prevents operation without network access, and allows for use in event of lost remote control.
- Instant tech support. Your IT department can view, trouble_shoot and control the projector remotely.
What about Wireless Projectors?
Realizing the rising popularity of Wi-Fi networks, the major projector manufacturers have begun to produce projectors with wireless capability based on the pervasive IEEE802.11b standard. Outfitted with wireless LAN PC cards in their laptops, users can come to a meeting room and wirelessly run their presentation through the projector. No more switching cable connections between presenters. To date, only data signals can be transmitted wirelessly to projectors. But watch for wireless video in the coming months, potentially including wireless HDTV quality video. Learn more about current wireless projectors or view some current wireless projectors »
Network Projectors available now:
Some projector manufacturers offer network solutions as an optional accessory and some have built in network capabilities. View some current networking capable projectors »
Or search our database for network projectors by checking the "Wired Networking" box.
Consult a Projector Expert at 1-888-248-0675 for more about which network projector solution will work best for you.