So you have a big meeting coming up? Or perhaps you simply fancy some gaming on the big screen? How you would go about connecting a Mac and a projector wirelessly depends on the make and model of the projector. If your Mac has the Mountain Lion version of the OS X operating system, you can already take advantage of features such as AirPlay Mirroring, which will allow you to connect your Mac to the projector via an Apple TV.
However, if the projector you’re using already has built-in wireless capabilities, you might have to use its proprietary software. Two of the main companies that manufacture wireless projectors (that are compatible with your Mac) are Casio and Panasonic. The method of connecting each of these to a Mac wirelessly is different, so we’ll take you through that in this article.
AirPlay Mirroring and Apple TV
To connect your Mac to your projector wirelessly using this method, you will need to connect your Apple TV device to your projector using an HDMI cable. If you do not have one of these, you can use an adapter to convert the signal to whichever format works with your projector. Simply follow the steps below to connect the Mac to the projector.
- Connect the projector to the Apple TV device with an HDMI/adapter
- On your Mac, click on the ‘AirPlay Mirroring’ icon on the menu bar
- Click on ‘Apple TV’. You should now have a connection between the Mac and the projector
It really is that simple! Enjoy.
Now we’ll move onto two of the main manufacturers of wireless projectors, starting with Panasoic. To connect the Panasonic projector to your Mac wirelessly, complete the following steps.
- Install your Panasonic projector’s Wireless Manager ME 5.5 software that would have come with it when purchased
- Turn the projector on then launch the software on your Mac
- You should be prompted to create a username. Create one of your choosing then click OK
- The application will now automatically scan for wireless projectors in the area.
- Once it picks up on the Panasonic projector, simply click on Connect, then Yes to confirm you wish to connect the two.
- Now click AirPort, and click OK. This can be found on the Network Adapter Selection dialog prompt.
- Enter your Mac’s admin password when prompted and click OK one last time. If done correctly, you should now have established a wireless connection between the Panasonic projector and the Mac.
Casio projectors are a little different to set up than Panasonic projectors, but the process is still easy and shouldn’t take you long at all. To connect the two, complete the following steps.
- You should have a CD-ROM that came with the Casio wireless projector. Insert this now into your Mac and follow the onscreen directions. This will see you installing the Wireless Connection 3 software
- On the projector itself, press the Input button until Wireless appears on the screen
- Now back on your Mac, launch your new Wireless Connection 3 Software
- Enter your login code when the onscreen prompt pops up to finish the process. This code can be found in the documentation you received when the projector was purchased and should always be kept safe. You should have now connected your Casio wireless projector to your Mac!
So there we have it! As you can see, it’s super easy to connect your Mac to a projector wirelessly, if you have the correct equipment. If your projector does not have wireless capabilities, it is a little trickier, but the same outcome can be achieved with the inclusion of the Apple TV device once connected to it by either HDMI or adapter.