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Why I ditched AirServer for Reflector

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I ditched AirServer for Reflector some time ago. Both can wirelessly mirror your iPhone or iPad screen to any Mac or PC. However, Reflector has been more forgiving on private wireless networks than that of AirServer.  As I travel to do presentations, I cannot control nor anticipate wireless network issues at prospective clients, customers, and hotel conference centers.  A colleague was frustrated after many AirServer support calls and emails with no resolution, so he found Reflector.  When AirServer has failed to connect, Reflector has succeeded to connect.

Reflector w Frame (skin) option

Reflector has a frame (skin) that identical to the device bezel.  From the desktop you can change the frame to be on or off, or from iOS Black / White or to iOS Black / White Mini.  Reflector can mirror multiple devices to one computer for a side-by-side presentation.  You could have multiple presenters comparing screens and apps side-by-side.   This is a great feature for presentations, recording or testing apps. 

Tips: 

1) Full Screen – Blacks out your desktop behind the app. There is a setting to turn on Full Screen upon connection. A Hot Key or a right mouse click from desktop, allows you to turn Full Screen on or off.  

2) Auto-Lock – I recommend increasing pass-code time locking to keep the screen active during presentations.  

3) Recording – Record your iPhone or iPad without wires or extra software.  You can record the frame (skin).  Records in mp4 format.

Overall, Reflector has delivered a better user experience!  For more information please comment, or go checkout http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/

Below are examples of multiple devices being mirrored at the same time, Full Screen, Scale: Stretch to Fit and Show Frame (skin).

Multiple mirrored devices
Multiple mirrored devices – iPhone 5 and iPad.

AirServer to the rescue!

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Having been an avid iPad user since iPad 1, I have always wanted to mirror apps on the iPad and show them live on my PC desktop. I have lamented, that I would one day I would have to jail break my iPad, but then I found AirServer.  After installing AirServer on my PC laptop, I was immediately able to mirror an untethered iPad with Retina Display (AKA: iPad 4).  Now I can share those mirrored apps for presentations and training videos. I can share AirServer and my desktop using WebEx, Lync, and Skype.  AirServer Full Screen mode or F11 hot key, blacks out the rest of your desktop and displays only what is on your iPad. The Full Screen mode is great for screen capturing you device using video software such as Camtasia, Adobe Captivate, or Snagit.

AirServer with View Full Screen
AirServer – Full Screen mode menu
AirServer Full Screen view
AirServer – Full Screen mode selected