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WiFi Projection

WiFi projection has increased with the proliferation of the connected devices we use. It tends to be used for portable presentations, where either the person is visiting and wants to connect or the device is portable. Portable smart LED Projector's have the widest options. with audio playback through Bluetooth, and video through wireless LAN or android.

in recent years the ways to connect have expanded, with screen mirroring from tech companies, Google Chrome, Android built in, Miracast, and apps from projector manufacturers.

This can lead to a confusing array of options when choosing a projector. The term wireless, is now a generic term. Determining the type of connection you need, is the first requirement. We try to show all the capabilities in the specifications, but for specific requirements please check the manuals provided, or talk to sales.

Dumb and Smart Projectors

A smart projector has Android built in. it gives you the oportunity to connect directly through chrome cast and access to the Android app store. With netflix, catchup TV and games available. A dumb projector can still have wifi capability using a dongle, nearly always an optional accessorry, it is inserted into the USB-A or HDMI socket. They will allow an ad-hoc connection or one through a WLAN.

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Dedicated channels

When your content is high definition video, we advise a dedicated WiFi channel is used to reduce bandwidth congestion or a cable. This is not needed for lower resolution video, still images or presentations.

What do you want to connect to?

The more devices from different operating systems that you want to connect, the smaller the range of projectors available.

Connecting a Laptop by wifi to a projector.

If the projector is smart, connecting is as simple as opening up microsoft Edge browser, and selecting "cast media to device". If its not then you need to connect to the dongle. The manufacturer lists the process in the user manual.

Connecting a Smart Phone to a projector

This can be done in a number of ways. Manufacturers have apps available on Android and iOS devices. They allow the user to stream whatever is on the devices screen.

Smartphone Wifi projection

Wireless LAN

Wireless LAN technology, originally developed for easy and secure communications by the military, declassified in the mid-70’s by the University of Hawaii to connect its island-bound campuses in the late '60's , has been adapted for use in business enterprise environments, small businesses and more recently in the home environment. It and the modulation scheme, Spread Spectrum (declassified in the mid 70's), originally developed to create a secure communication medium in the field of battle, has evolved to provide an ease of use alternative to traditional hard-wired network installations. The wireless LAN ease of use concept extends to address the users’ perception that connecting to network devices is difficult and has required expert network knowledge.

Since the initial military implementation was costly, and was not governed by sufficient standards bodies, commercial adoption was slow to take hold. Following the publication of several important IEEE standards, initially the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet standard, and specifically the 802.11 standard, the wide spread adoption of wireless technology has taken place. The IEEE 802.11b  (11 megabits per second) standard is the most widely used technology today for wireless LANs.

802.11a - WiFi 2

  • Year - 1999
  • Frequency - 5GHz
  • Speed - 54 Mbps.

The advantage of 802.11a over 802.11b is that there is also much less interference with radio at its 5GHz frequency in comparison to 802.11b and 802.11g. 802.11a does increase its transmission power to 50mW, but even so, 802.11a does not handle either longer transmit distances or obtruding objects (walls, furniture, etc.) as well as 802.11b.

802.11b - WiFi 1

  • Year - 1999
  • Frequency - 2.4GHz
  • Speed - 11 Mbps.

802.11b uses Direct-Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) - a modulation method used to reduce signal interference - in the 2.4 GHz band, allowing speeds up to 11 Mbps. The 2.4GHz band does a good job at penetrating obstacles to provide more WiFi coverage. Unfortunately with network interferences caused by devices operating on the same frequency, such as Bluetooth devices, baby monitors, cordless phones, microwave ovens, speed is deminished.

802.11b and 802.11a are not compatible with each other. So, an 802.11b computer will not work with an 802.11a access point.


An amendment to 802.11b, to help define the standard of development of access points (APs) for wireless technologies to bridge the information flow, 802.11c was established and its work has already been concluded.


As the operation, especially in the 5GHz range, may differ from country to country (or domain to domain), the 802.11d protocol was established. It also better defined interoperability issues.


Developed to prioritize traffic and improve quality of service (QoS) for support of video and audio.

The process of creating a definitive standard can be slow, but the IEEE 802.11e standard will address existing QoS concerns


This protocol specification addresses the roaming need for transmission for a user from one access point (AP) to another and ensures the continuity of transmission; it would ultimately provide inter-access point protocol. Until this becomes commonplace, the safest bet will be to standardize on the same vendor for all of your access points.

802.11g - WiFi 3

  • Year - 2003
  • Frequency - 2.4GHz
  • Speed - 54 Mbps.

Created with merger of 802.11a and 802.11b standards in 2003. It supports a networking bandwidth up to 54 Mbps and operates under the 2.4 GHz band. Is backward compatible with 802.11b products.


An extension of 802.11a to satisfy regulations in Europe for the spectrum band of 5GHz by providing dynamic channel selection (DCS) and transmit power control (TPC). If it does, it may possibly supersede 802.11a.

802.11n - WiFi 4

  • Year - 2009
  • Frequency - 40MHz
  • Speed - 600 Mbps.

Wireless-N improves speeds, reliability, and extends the range of wireless transmissions. It was the first standard to use Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology. MIMO products use a series of antennas to receive more data from one device at a time, which results in faster data transmissions.

The first to allow the usage of two radio frequencies – 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g devices. With all its improved functionalities, WiFi 4 supported speeds up to 600 Mbps and a claimed range of 70 meters indoors, which is a huge leap forward.

802.11ac - WiFi 5

  • Year - 2013
  • Frequency - - 160MHz
  • Speed - 1300 Mbps.

The 5th generation of WiFi was established in 2013. To reduce interference in the 2.4 GHz band, it was developed to operate under the 5 GHz band.

Many 802.11ac WiFi devices are advertised as “dual-band” – technology that uses two frequency bands for wireless communication. To make that possible, some vendors incorporated Wireless-N technology to make ac products compatible with the 2.4 GHz band. Data rates differ based on which frequency is being used, bandwidth speeds up to 1300 Mbps can be achieved on the 5 GHz band, while the 2.4 GHz band has a max speed of 450 Mbps.

WiFi 5 was the first to use Downlink Multi-User MIMO. It took Wireless-N MIMO technology one step further to increase data transmission even more. DL MU-MIMO allows wireless routers to transmit information to multiple devices at the same time, improving bandwidth speeds and reducing latency. With the help of Wireless-N technology, 802.11ac is compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n.

802.11ad - WiGig

  • Year - 2012
  • Frequency - 60GHz
  • Speed - 6.7 Gbps.

Designed to provide a Multiple Gigabit Wireless System (MGWS) with high throughput data, 802.11ad became part of the 802.11 series in 2012.

It achieved blazingly fast speeds - up to 6.7 Gbps. Unlike the previous standards, it didn’t use the 2.4 or 5 GHz bands, it operated under the 60 GHz band. Remember, the higher the frequency, the shorter the range. Under perfect conditions, 802.11ad devices need to be about 30 ft from the access point.

802.11af - White Fi

  • Year - 2014
  • Frequency - 54 - 790MHz
  • Speed - 35.6 Mbps.

Employs white space in the unused TV spectrum at frequencies between 54MHz and 790MHz, over very long ranges (possibly several miles). It can offer reasonable throughput, perhaps 24Mb/s. Has similar applications as 802.11ah, also known as Low Power Wi-Fi, which will provide bandwidth for sensors and monitors in gadgets and appliances that will join up to create the Internet Of Things.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing Internet infrastructure. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications. The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while also enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid.

802.11ah - WiFi HaLow

  • Year - 2017
  • Frequency - 900MHz
  • Speed - 347 Mbps.

Aimed to use unlicensed frequency bands below 1 GHz. Its purpose was to establish lower energy consumption and create extended-range WLANs that surpassed that of the 2.4/5 GHz bands. WiFi HaLow operated on the 900 MHz band, allowing it to have a theoretical range of 543m indoors (1,781.5 ft) and data transfer speeds up to 347 Mbps.

Due to its low energy needs, 802.11ah is beneficial for devices trying to communicate over long ranges without using a lot of energy.

802.11ax - WiFi 6

  • Year - 2019
  • Frequency - 2.4 - 5GHz
  • Speed - 10 Gbps.

Designed to deliver faster speeds, support more devices simultaneously, decrease latency, improve security, and increase bandwidth. To do so, it includes technologies like OFDMA, MU-MIMO, 1024-QAM, and more. With all of its improvements, it has a theoretical maximum speed of 10 Gbps. Operating on the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands its backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.

Ad-Hoc Network

Ad-hoc Network Topology In this typical Ad-hoc wireless network topology; notice that there is no requirement to have the stations connected into the Local Area Network (LAN). In Ad-hoc mode, the stations form their own local network where the end nodes communicate peer-to-peer without the requirement of an Access Point. Two or more stations establish a Basic Service Set by recognizing and communicating with each other. This type of network is therefore known as an Independent Basic Service Set (IBSS).

wireless ad-hoc network

Infrastructure Network

In this typical wireless Infrastructure network topology, there is a mixture of hard-wired devices connected to the LAN that co-exist with wireless mobile stations. In Infrastructure mode, the stations connect to an existing network through an access point. The role of the access Point is to create a bridge between the wireless network and the hard-wired network and therefore is considered part of the wired network infrastructure. The mobile stations are constrained only by the breadth of the wireless LAN that is established by the physical location of the Access Point.

wireless projector networks 802.11

When streaming video through an undedicated Wi-Fi channel, content is not buffered so refresh rates can be unreliable. They can also be affected by other usage in the same vacinity. You wont be able to control this when you project. It may work well one day and not the next. Obviously the lower the resolution of the video the more successful you will be. Keep a cable at hand, just in case.

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