We are also using the Kramer VIAs and I can attest to their great performance. These devices might be expensive but they work. We decided to disable the wireless functionality. We didn't see the need to allow things like native AirPlay. Instead, our users use eduroam and reach the Kramer device over IP. Device mirroring works great.
Hector Rios Louisiana State University From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Johnson, Christopher Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 9:58 AM To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [WIRELESS-LAN] Airtame Hi Jess, I haven't worked with it personally (our university has started to make heavy use of the Kramer VIAs (https://www.kramerav.com/product/VIA%20Connect%20PRO) - although I've seen it heavily advertised on my Facebook news feed with several individuals stating "too expensive/just use a Chromecast" - despite them providing articles that each device serves a different environment (Enterprise vs Home) - https://airtame.com/chromecast-alternative - Some of the big things they point out - can supply an IP Address directly to the Airtame without the need of mDNS/SSDP o Native Screen mirroring from iOS devices still requires multicast enabled. This was true for our Kramer VIA devices - you had limited functionality within the iOS Kramer App - if left the app - the connection would close. However, somehow, Kramer has gotten around this limitation through their "Kramer Reveal" companion app. Somehow the Kramer Reveal App allows a user to enter an IP Address - which converts it and allow the iOS device to discover it as if mDNS was enabled. Pretty nice that they found a way to get around that limitation - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/via-reveal/id1124805001?mt=8 - Support from WPA Enterprise Networks (Not sure if just EAP-PEAP, EAP-TLS, etc) - Cloud/Device Management - Cast locally hosted files/video streams - The Airtame does support an "Ethernet Connection" method. Almost all of our Kramer VIAs have a detected wired network connection. Performing screen-mirroring from a wireless client to a wireless server always makes me nervous as twice the airtime consumed. We've had a couple people complain about lag from time to time - when think was attributed to memory issues on the Kramer. Other folks I feel they're trying to watch/stream a YouTube video presentation. Another comparison article from Airtame - https://airtame.com/kramer-via-go-alternative The only "vendor discussion" I've seen so far In the community forums was recently on the Airheads community forums concerning an issue with Airtame on RAPs and NAT - although they were trying to get SSDP/mDNS functionality working on the RAPs - http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Wireless-Access/Airgroup-Airplay-amp-Airtame-devices-with-RAPS/m-p/410199 Christopher Johnson Wireless Network Engineer AT Infrastructure Operations & Networking (ION) Illinois State University (309) 438-8444 Stay connected with ISU IT news and tips with @ISU IT Help on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/ISUITHelp/> and Twitter<https://twitter.com/ISUITHelp> From: The EDUCAUSE Wireless Issues Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Williams, Jess Sent: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 8:59 AM To: WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU<mailto:WIRELESS-LAN@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU> Subject: [WIRELESS-LAN] Airtame Does anyone use Airtame? It looks like discovery requires Multicast (SSDP/UPnP) be allowed. Has anyone evaluated these or have any thoughts? Jess Williams Sr. Network Engineer, IT - Network Engineering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/discuss.