How To Make AirServer work on the FCPS network

IMG_0120Ever since we started using iPads in FCPS, teachers have wanted to be able to mirror their iPad to their classroom projector. We first made this work using Apple TVs. Then, about two years ago we started suggesting a program called AirServer. You install AirServer on your teacher computer and then you can mirror to your computer (which should be connected to your projector.) You can learn more about AirServer and pricing here. If your school purchases the software you will need to submit a Helpdesk ticket to have it installed for you.

The point of this post is not to push AirServer. It’s to address changes to how it works on our network now. This summer we made some monumental changes to our network’s infrastructure and design. I won’t bore you with the details. The important part is that the wireless network and wired networks are now separated. The reasons why are part of the boring part.

Apple uses a protocol called Bonjour. It works well on a home network network, but doesn’t cross subnets on its own. We are on the borderline of getting technical so I’ll move on.

Here’s what you need to know. AirServer has put out a solution to making their product work in situations like ours. Follow the steps below to use AirServer, assuming its already installed on your teacher computer.

On your computer:

  1. Launch AirServer
  2. Right click on the AirServer icon on the bottom right corner of your screen
  3. Choose Settings
  4. Make sure you have at least version 5 installed. If not click the Advanced tab and choose check for updates
  5. Click Show QR code
  6. Once you know you have the latest version you can open the QR code quicker by right clicking the AirServer icon and choosing QR Code for AirServer Connect

On your iPad:

  1. Download the Air Server Connect app
    You may need to put in a Helpdesk request to have someone do this for you if you are not using your own personal iTunes account
  2. Launch the app
  3. Tap Scan QR Code
  4. Scan the QR Code
  5. You should get a congratulations screen. In my testing, sometimes I’ve had to tap the back button and try again.
  6. Now when you use AirPlay on your iPad you should see your computer as an option.
  7. This connection should remain available while you have you iPad on, but you may have to scan again if its been awhile since you connected.



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