How Intel WiDi can boost your business meetings, presentations

By Chris Chamberlin , September 21 2015
How Intel WiDi can boost your business meetings, presentations

TECH | When giving a well-rehearsed business presentation or holding a high-calibre meeting, the last thing you need worry about is tripping over those daft and annoying cables between your laptop and an overhead screen or projector – but until now, those cables have largely been a necessity.

Intel Pro WiDi technology – yes, that’s ‘WiDi’, short for Wireless Display – instead beams your laptop or tablet to a display nearby with both picture and sound in full HD quality.

(Imagine that it’s like an HDMI cable, but without the HDMI cable.)

For WiDi to function, you’ll need two things: the first being a WiDi-capable screen or projector on which to output your images – either with native WiDi support or with an easy-to-install Actiontec ScreenBeam Pro add-on ($199.99) which attaches to a spare HDMI port.

Paired with that, a Windows laptop, tablet or 2-in-1 device running Intel’s latest Core vPro chips – include the Core M, i5 and i7 series – which supports WiDi right out of the box.

Older Intel-powered Windows laptops can also run WiDi by attaching a USB dongle such as the $59.99 ScreenBeam Mini2 USB transmitter.

That means you won’t need to buy a new laptop – or indeed, a new HDTV or projector – to make use of Intel WiDi... and because the ScreenBeam add-ons are portable, you can take these with you anywhere in the world.

When that meeting rolls around, Intel WiDi devices support two projection modes well-suited to business – one for round-tables where colleagues can ‘request to present’, and another for moderator-style meetings where one person electronically asks others to have their turn.

To keep your information confidential, you’ll get clear on-screen prompts before you commence screen sharing and also after it’s switched off, and there’s an option to verify that you’re linked-up to the right screen before anything more is displayed.

And of course, for simple presentations or group lectures, Intel WiDi displays can be configured in solo mode to prevent any interruptions from colleagues.

For more information on Intel Pro WiDi, head to the Intel Australia website.

Also read: What Intel's 6th Gen Core chips mean for your next notebook

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

12 Jun 2013

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I love some of these marketing pictures. 

"Here, just take a look at this entirely unlabelled pie graph, on which the two largest sections are both blue."

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

22 Apr 2013

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"Oh my! What a coincidence. There's coincidentally someone of EVERY demographic at the meeting! And we're having SO MUCH FUN!"

Etihad - Etihad Guest

06 Apr 2012

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We've been doing quite a bit of testing of the ActionTech ScreenBeam products mentioned as we have a lot of 'road warrior's in our organisation. Generally speaking we've found they work well if your Windows laptop/tablet meets the prerequisites for Intel WiDi (or Miracast at a minimum).  If you are considering this product for work or home one tip we've found is that the performance of video/audio projection is much better when running the latest v6 "Intel Pro Wireless Display" drivers (you can download these direct from the Intel web site) and the latest firmware for the Actiontech receiver.

A feature that we've been particularly keen to exploit is the UIBC support (allowing a user-input device to be directly connected to the receiver). We've generally found this feature works well for generic user input devices (such as a mouse) but does not handle multi-touch input devices that well (such as a Samsung Touch Overlay which you may find fitted to large wall-mounted touch displays in some newer-style meeting rooms),  Hopefully Actiontech will address this in the future.

Quite keen to hear what other folks are using for wireless video/audio projection ...

 

Etihad - Etihad Guest

06 Apr 2012

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Just one more 'gotcha' for those considering trying WiDi on your business windows laptop.  Some desktop security software (McAfee, Symantec, etc) may need configurations applied to the local firewall settings in order for WiDi to work. The Intel website has documentation on the ports you need to configure.  Best to have a chat with your IT department if you have one....

01 Aug 2012

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Is this paid-for advertising or editorial content?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Friendly feedback for Chris & Dave....

Guys, I actually don't mind some of the sponsored content on AusBT (in limited amounts) provided it's labelled as such; but this one does have a strong whiff of PR release / "advertorial".

Your readers do understand the need to have paid marketing to subsidize a site we all find helpful and interesting; I think the most appropriate place to embed this sort of marketing is on your occasional promo emails, which are introduced with the clear and honest disclaimer:

Thank you for subscribing to the Australian Business Traveller newsletter. Each week we also send out a message from a commercial partner on a topic that's relevant to business and/or travel. Their support, and yours, helps keep Australian Business Traveller running as a free website.

These paid marketing emails are infrequent enough that I always take genuine interest in the product being marketed, and nobody has to suspect a motive or question integrity.

Please and thanks!

24 Oct 2010

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Hi Jay. This is editorial, not advertorial in any form. We're doing a little more tech each week, and I felt WiDi was an aspect of some of the latest Intel chips which was little-known but would prove quite useful for the many business travellers among our readership who have to make presentations.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Hi Dave!

Thanks for the reply, I know you guys read all the comments.

Q: Did you actually get your hands on the product to use when reviewing this, or did you produce this editorial based on WiDi marketing materials alone? The latter is certainly how it reads.

I expect the inevitable down-votes from other users (such is life), but as a member of your regular reader base I'd put my vote towards steering AWAY from this very murky advertorial territory. One of the reasons I quite like AusBT is that you have a veneer of impartiality. Technology reviews are handy when they're real and critical, but when it reads like a press release it detracts from the great stuff you guys usually produce!

Cheers!

24 Oct 2010

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Jay:

1. Don't get too concerned about downvotes!

2. We didn't get hands-on with WiDi, opting instead to provide a quick breakdown of what it is, what it does and how you can make us of it. People looking for deep tech reviews will find plenty of websites dedicated to tech, and we're not going to replicate that.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Aug 2014

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Thanks Dave.

Perhaps the problem is the way the article is framed from the outset. The first three paragraphs would be very well at home in a Brand Power infommercial. "Are you tired of cables in your meetings? There must be a better way... Well now there is!" 

When you give it that flavour of wording, you (perhaps unintentionally) give it the appearance of having AusBT's endorsement of that product. Perhaps this sort of technology announcement (if it's going to be a regular feature) needs to go under a new category for press releases instead of tech editorials (editorials traditionally being the domain of a writers experience or personal opinion).

Example, re: the above. No mention of the frustrations road warriors will encounter... such as that "Actionec Screenbeam Pro" add-on requires external AC power to function. So instead of eliminating cables, you've actually added an EXTRA cable to the entire equation.

Not particularly handy if there's insufficient AC points at your meeting... Or if you're overseas, and only have one adapter with you for your laptop charger.

If you guys want to write about it, I want to hear from you: Does it actually work as it claims to? Other users here claim to have had issues streaming HDMI from less conventional devices, such as tablets. What is the transmit range? Is it glitchy audio or choppy video, as is sooooo common with these devices? Mouse latency, or resolution issues?

The thing is... When you guys review air travel, you experience it first-hand and discuss the things you don't like. I'd like to see that more in these technology reviews, or it isn't going to be useful to your readers.

You're right: we can easily read plenty of tech press releases anywhere on the web, we perhaps don't need AusBT so much for that... If you guys physically get your hands on some technology and then think it's great for travellers? Now THAT's the stuff you AusBT reader base wants to hear about!  :-)

Again, this is just friendly feedback... I wouldn't comment if I didn't think it would improve the content on a site I very much enjoy.

Cheers!

24 Oct 2010

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Thanks for sharing those thoughts, Jay.

24 Oct 2010

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Hi Dinkydie: this is editorial content, if it was any form of 'advertising' (eg sponsored content) it'd carry a clear declaration to that effect.

01 Aug 2012

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Thanks David. Well, the reason I asked was (a) the text sounded like an advertisement to me and (b) there was this Lufthansa First Class advertising piece a few weeks ago that  initially was not labeled as such. Hence I was unsure with this article.


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