Wireless Media Streaming at Home
The era of setting up a home theater is changing: wired connections between speakers to a receiver and to an audio or video source is becoming hopelessly outdated. There are now so many easier ways to attain home theater sound and now even video, and none of them involve little white, red, and yellow cables, let alone speaker wire or HDMI cables…
But we’re living in a time of flux: the wireless media streaming options are varied, complex, and constantly evolving. It can be very difficult to stay on top of the latest standards and choose the best one for our home and family.
AirPlay is an audio and video streaming technology that works only with licensed enabled speakers, Apple AirPort Express hubs, and 2nd-gen or newer Apple TVs paired with Apple iOS devices with iOS 5 or higher, Macs from 2011 or newer, or PCs running iTunes. The wireless technology operates on top of your home wireless network. Once the devices have been added to your home network, you activate AirPlay by tapping the AirPlay icon that appears on the screen from media apps—a dropdown list of devices shows up, and you choose the one you want to stream to. You can stream to multiple AirPlay speakers at once, in different rooms, making it ideal for larger homes.
Mirror can send the screen content of the iPhone or the screen content of the Mac to the Airplay receiver via the network, and send the sound of the microphone of the iPhone or Mac to the Airplay receiver via the network.
In this way, the content displayed on the sender and receiver is consistent.
In Picture mode, the sender can transmit photos to the receiving end through the network. In this case, the receiving end only displays Picture, and the display content may be inconsistent with the sending end.
This mode is only supported by the iPhone, and after iOS9, this mode has been canceled.
In the video and music mode, the sender can transmit the URL of the content to the receiving end through the network.
In this case, the receiving end can play the related content through the URL.
In this mode, the sender and receiver display content is inconsistent. The sender can operate by itself without affecting the content of the receiver.