How can I connect my Ipad to
a Data-video Projector ?
Many people with Dukane projectors have asked :
Is there a way to directly connect my Ipad to a data-video projector.?
This is, of course, the generic name for projectors that many classrooms and
training rooms have for displaying the screen on a computer to where everyone
in a class or group can see it.
The short answer: Yes.
The follow up question: What do I need to do that?
The Apple Store has 3 ways to do that. The first two involve an adapter,
sometimes called a dongle. There are 2 Dongles, the VGA and HDMI version.
There are links tor all three below to the Apple store. The text in black comes
from the Apple store.
You will need a 15 pin Male to male VGA cable. That is the same cable that
typically comes in the box with most projectors.
There are exceptions, it seems to everything in life and most things with
technology, and there are some “non standard” cables in use with various
projectors. But the 15 pin male-to-male VGA cable has been a standard for
almost 20 years now.
For some projectors, that may have only a single VGA input, you may have to
unplug an attached computer, or invest in an A-B Switch box. An A-B switchbox
is very affordable. As with anything there are good, better and best.
Most Dukane projectors (not all, but most) have two VGA inputs; so you can
have a computer and Ipad attached, in that case, and simply use your projector
remote to switch back and forth.
Use the Apple Digital AV Adapter to mirror whatever’s on your Ipad or iPhone 4S screen —
apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your HDTV or HDMI-compatible display in up to
1080p HD (movies play at up to 720p).
Watch slideshows and movies on the big screen in up to 720p by connecting your Ipad, iPhone 4,
or iPod touch (4th generation) to an HDTV or HDMI-compatible display. The Apple Digital AV
Adapter routes digital audio to screens that support it. Connect the Apple Digital AV Adapter to
your Ipad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPod touch (4th generation) via the 30-pin dock connector and
to your HDMI-compatible display using an HDMI cable (sold separately).
A second 30-pin connector built into the AV adapter lets you charge and sync your device while
it’s connected to your HDMI-compatible display.
First of all, there may be those not familiar with the term HDMI. The acronym
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. You can read more about
Simply put, it is new kind of Digital connection to go from a video source (a
computer, an Ipad, a cable TV box) to a display device (a projector, or an LCD
Monitor or TV.
The good new for those acquiring a Dukane data-video projector is that ALL
Dukane projectors that are currently available have an HDMI input and will work
with an HDMI cable.
That is NOT true of all projectors and particularly “historic projectors” including
those sold by Dukane in the past.
In the case of a projector with only the RGB input, you obviously would want to
use the RGB adapter.
There ARE RGB to HDMI converters, but since most projectors have RGB inputs
that may not be an issue.
With technology, as with medicine, it should be the first job of those offering
advice to “First, does no harm”.
Anyone who has a projector with HDMI and wants to use this adapter to talk to
their manufacturer, or Apple representative, or both, before trying this HDMI
It also needs to be clear than with either the VGA dongle or the HDMI dongle you
will need either a VGA cable or HDMI cable to go from the Dongle on the Ipad
the projector or other output device(an LCD TV, for example).
NOTE: Apple has introduced a new Retina display Ipad and the Ipad Mini. Both
of them use the new “Lightning” version of the Adapter. There is both an RGB
and HDMI version. The Apple site has the specs and Q and A about these.
Here’s a tip. If you aren’t sure, take a digital camera or the camera on your phone and
take a picture of the back of your projector and take that with you when you go to buy an
How about 3rd party “dongles?
There is not at this time a trusted source for these other than Apple. This may change,
but for now, both the wise and safe thing is to us an Apple approved product.
Update on Apple Video AdaptersAs everyone knows by now, Apple introduced a new generation of Ipads.
They also ceased “Numbering” the iPad models.
The Ipads introduced after the IPad 2 require a new “Lightning Adapter”
Here is where you can find the information, and reviews on the lighting adapters on the
Lightning Adapter VGA
Apple TV: A wireless connection
The Apple TV box will provide a wireless connect between an Ipad and a device
such as an HDMI ready projector or LCD Monitor.
There are three “cautions” to point out:
1-Not all Ipad apps are “Airplay friendly”. You have to check. That means they
may not “show up” when you use an Apple TV. With a direct connection,
whatever is on your Ipad is going to show up on the projector or LCD TV.
2-Since the Apple TV is on your network, and is dependent on the speed and
reliability of your network, if you are in a school with dozens of Ipads, all hitting
the network at the same time, this may affect the speed at which the Apple TV
3-If you plan to connect a projector to the Apple TV box, it only takes an HDMI
connection. Since all current Dukane projectors have an HDMI port, they can be
used with an Apple TV “out of the box” . However , a projector that only has RGB
inputs would need an RBI-to HDMI converter box.
Again, with this or any solution, youshould talk to your IT director, Ed Tech
director, Apple Rep and projector vendor. And where you have all 4, talk to all of
Are the dongles and wireless solutions ONLY available from Apple?
As everyone knows, there is a booming market for Ipad accessories from third
parties. So, yes, there are dongles and other video accessories available from a
variety of sources.
But once again, you put yourself out on a technology limb if you use an
accessory that is not supported by both Apple and your projector vendor and
blessed by your local tech people.
The goals of this document are to show :
1-That you Ipad CAN be used directly with a projector.
2-And provide info on HOW it could be done .
Do these solutions apply to an LCD TV?
That is another whole document of course, and there are so many models out
there it is difficult to give a blanket “yes”.
However, most LCD TVs sold in the last 5 years have RGB and HDMI inputs on
it. I have used the direct connect dongle from the Ipad to the TV and it works to
share the Ipad screen on the TV screen. Likewise I have an Apple TV box and it
works with my Ipad 2. So based on that common experience it would appear
that it does apply to those LCD TVs that have those inputs. With so many of
these LCD TVs on the market it is difficult to say it applies to all.
Cant I just use an “App” to mirror my Ipad?
Keeping up with technology is like sipping from a firehouse. There are some
apps that offer a mirror image, and some annotation capability on an Ipad.
These generally require some software be installed on the host PC or Mac. The
“app” then “talks to “ the computer via Wi-Fi. Therefore how well such an app
works will depend on several variables
• How good is the Wi-Fi in your Ipad? The Ipads after the Apple 2 have improved
WI-FI built in.
• How good is the Wi-Fi connection and how much traffic is there on the network
it attached to?
A lot of data has to go back and forth between the computer and the Ipad for
Many show a significant “lag”.
While it is hard to generalize, a direct connection between the Ipad and the video
output device (Projector or LCD screen) as being fast and reliable. The dongle
and cable will “tether you “ somewhat, but with a long enough RGB or HDMI
cable you will have a good range of motion.
The Apple TV will make the “airplay-compatible “ apps work wirelessly, but again,
your Apple TV will be as good as the WI-FI connection and your overall network
The projector shown below is one of more than 2 dozen different models offered
by Dukane. With that said , the 8794H-RJ is a very affordable model and one that
is currently widely used in classrooms and training rooms. Dukane is also the
only manufacturer offering FIVE year warranty on most of their projectors. (Most
other projectors have a 2 or 3 year warranty).
This graphic is shown here simply to illustrate the inputs mentioned above (the
15 Pin VGA input port) .There are two such input ports on this projector, Labeled
here Computer 1 and 2.
The HDMI input needed for the HDMI Adapter and cable , or for use with the
Apple TV is also shown.
The other inputs are not relevant to the use of an Ipad, unless you also want to
send the audio from your Ipad, and there are audio input ports for that as well.
You can find the full data sheet for the 8794H-RJ here:
I just saw a projector advertised that says it is compatible with
an Ipad and I would not need a cable. Should I buy “that
That advertisement appeared in anEd Tech magazine. Frankly that is not “new
The fact is that several projector companies, including Dukane, now provide an
“app” that will mirror what’s on you ipad to a projector that is connected to your
campus internet network. Some projectors, not all, but some, can be networked.
If you refer to the diagram of the 8794H-RJ above, it has a LAN( Local Area
Network ) Adapter. Networked projectors come with software that lets someone
monitor their status( Are they on? How much lamp life is left) over the LAN, but
with the new Ipad apps, the Ipad can share info on the Projector via Wi-Fi.
This comes back back to the problems with the Apps that will mirror the image
over Wifi. The usefulness of the “projector company supplied app” will depend on
how robust you wi-fi signal is, and that will depend on how much traffic is on your
And if you read the “fine print” you will also see some of these apps may show
certain documents, but will not mirror the whole screen.
A direct connection works. Unless there is some reason NOT to use if, that
works for getting what’s on the Ipad to a projector or LCD TV.
New Product: The Dewey Stand
In may of 2013, Dukane introduced a new product, the Dewey Stand
The Dewey stand allows an Ipad, connected to a projector to use its
built in camera as a visual presenter.
It allows provides a stable “hands free” base for the Ipad, if you are
using it with a projector to show a web page, ebook, or really anything
on the Ipad.
And it can serve as a way to make sure an ipad “stays” at a student
You can find a data sheet on the Dewey here :
And there is a Powerpoint on the Dewey here:
There is a video on the Dewey on Dukane’s Youtube site :
What about other “ tablets”?
With so many versions of tablets , it is hard to say with any authority that these
also work with a direct connection. Similar adapter do exist for tablets as well as
the Google Chromebook.
Airplay is a part of the Apple OS for iPhones and Ipads, and also the Mac X
“Mountain Lion” software.
Note: Ipad is a trademarked product from Apple Inc.
Other Dukane Ipad products
Dukane offers Ipad carts and a secure cabinet.
You can find a powerpoint about those and all the Ipad products available from
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