AirServer Set Up Guide

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AirServer is a great application available to all Burlington teachers. AirServer provides a WiFi based connection for iPads, iPhones, and iPods to your laptop. This will allow you to wirelessly project your iPad and student iPads through the classroom projection system. AirServer supports device video and audio. The audio can also be run through BPS classroom Lightspeed Audio Systems from your laptop.

AirServer helps teachers create a more student centered 1:1 learning experience. Teachers can easily project lessons and apps from their iPads and students can display presentations. AirServer also provides a powerful 1:1 classroom management tool. Teachers can move throughout the classroom and have student devices in sight while maintaining a connection to the presentation material being projected to the entire class.

Thank you to BPS District Technology Coach Tim Calvin and BPS Network Technician John Allegretto for helping to create the following AirServer Set Up Guide.

Please see members of your school’s EdTech Team for information and assistance with installation. Once AirServer is installed on your laptop – you can follow the guide below for set up and use:

You’ll need AirServer installed on your laptop before you can proceed. Your school Instructional Technology Specialist or Librarian should be able to help with that install. If they can’t install it for you, they can put in a HelpDesk ticket for the district IT Team to provide support.

On a PC Laptop

1. With the software installed on your laptop, you should see an AirServer icon in the bottom right of your screen’s taskbar. This icon may be hidden behind an optional menu in the taskbar.

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2. Click on the AirServer icon and select Settings.

3. Inside the Settings, you can name your computer and set a password for the use of AirServer. We recommend you place a password here to prevent unauthorized use of AirPlay mirroring on your computer. When you are finished click Apply at the bottom.

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On a MacBook

1. With the software installed on your laptop, you should see an icon in the menu bar at the very top of the screen.

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2. Click the AirServer icon and make sure that Launch on Startup is selected.

3. Click on the AirServer icon and select Preferences.

4. Inside the Preferences, you can name your computer and set a password for the use of AirServer. We recommend you place a password here to prevent unauthorized use of AirPlay mirroring on your computer.

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On your iPad

5. You must make sure that your laptop and iPad are connected to the same WiFi network.

6. On your iPad (running iOS 7) swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. This will show Control Center, an easy place to control many of the functions of your iPad.


7. In Control Center, you will find an icon that says AirPlay. Click this icon.

8. You should now see a full listing of all the AirServer installs in your area- look down that list for the name of your computer (as you named it in the Preferences). Select your computer’s name.

9. When prompted for a password, enter the password you specified in Preferences.

10. A small switch should appear just below the name of your computer that says Mirroring. By sliding that toggle switch on, you should see a mirror-image of your iPad screen on your laptop. If your laptop is plugged into a projector or TV, you should see that iPad screen on the projector as well.


11. To stop the mirroring, swipe up from the bottom of your iPad screen again to open Control Center, select AirPlay again, and choose iPad at the very top of the list. Your iPad should no longer be sending video to your laptop.

 

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