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Hey guys, I had to create an account to hopefully mine the hundreds of smart brains here. We have a client that needs a projector or projection solution that can do the following:

1) Plug and Play - They are done with all the adapters, dongles, cables etc.
2) Needs to not use software for plug and play- A lot of presenters who visit have pretty locked down machines due to the nature of their business (finance) So installing special software isn't an option.
3) Highest lumens we can get (its in a all glass conference room, they have curtains etc, but bright as we can get it) Current project is only 800

Optional - Would be nice if the solution is wireless. This isn't a must have, just a nice feature.

What I've Looked at:

I've looked at the Epson PowerLite line, specifically the 1945W. Does anyone have any experience with the Epson USB plug and play or quick connect wireless? Or anything similar or better? How was performance, ie frame rates etc? They mostly are doing powerpoints, but the occasional video might happen. What about Audio? Is it passed to the projector and is there a way to get the sound to a receiver?

I was a bit confused on Epson's Quick Connect Wireless, the video shows you have to plug into the projector then into the laptop once it builds the adhoc network. Is this a one time config or can you set this permanently? (I ask because the projector is mounted on the ceiling, makes it kind of hard to do that every time)

We've look at Barco as well, but so far their customer service has really turned me off. The hoops to get a demo unit are just insane. Sorry I want to test your product before I drop 2k on it.

Thanks a bunch guys, I'm hoping we can finally solve our clients issues with this. It shouldn't be such a pain for them.
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If you want a proper solution then run wires to the projector. None of the projectors work well wirelessly, none support full frame rate, and none are plug-and-play without drivers.

WHY WOULD THEY BE?

99% of the world uses some different standard from the person standing next to them. Apple's standard is different from Window's standard, so they don't play together at all. There are other 'wireless' standards as well, which are incompatible with the rest.

What this means is that you should be looking at this as two different solutions. Solution 1 is that you need a proper projector for the space you are in. In a normally lit conference room (fluorescent lights, shaded windows) then you want a projector which provides no less than 80 advertised lumens per square foot of screen space. There are a number of different models out there which should do this fine I expect, but put in your throw distance and brightness requirements into the Search By Feature section of the website for some options. Panasonic makes some very nice fixed installation solutions.

For wireless, I will post back a solution. It's all wireless and combines the wireless video format standards of the different standards into a one solution box. It's a bit pricey, but it is truly the first and ONLY solution that combines all the different standards together and allows for multiple PCs to connect to a single projection setup at once. The projector is fed from this unit using standard HDMI connectivity. Audio, I believe, can be broken out separately. But, the integration portion of the audio can be handled by running everything through a receiver of some sort if desired.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology consultation during the build and installation process in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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Christie Digital makes an extremely unique product that is NOT like the Barco product. It requires no dongles or USB connections, but is based upon the backbone of the existing wireless (Wi-Fi) video streaming capabilities of most devices.

It's expensive, but a unique solution....

http://www.christiedigital.com/en-us/business/products/christie-brio-presentation-and-collaboration-systems/pages/default.aspx

I would think you may be able to get a demo of it somewhere. Don't plan on them coming in-house to you though. Much like car dealerships don't bring cars to your home so you can test drive them, when a company is selling you a $2,000 product that they make $300 on, it's unrealistic to expect them to jump through hoops for the extremely low margins that exist in the A/V world if you are only planning to buy one unit.
AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology consultation during the build and installation process in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.