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Ditto vs. Barco ClickShare – Which is Better for Screen Mirroring?

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How does Barco ClickShare compare to Ditto, and what makes them different? This article will help you decide what’s best for your organization.

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Key Points

Software vs. Hardware

Ditto is a wireless screen mirroring software solution. ClickShare is a wireless hardware screen mirroring system made by Barco.

ClickShare utilizes a hardware box as a receiver. The receiver is plugged into a TV or other primary display. ClickShare users must insert a dongle into the USB port of their devices and press a button to connect to the ClickShare system.

Ditto software runs on existing receiver hardware. Common receivers such as Apple TVs or Windows devices are connected to a TV or other display. Users directly share content to the display using an app on their devices.

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Compatibility

Ditto supports devices running Windows, macOS, iOS, iPadOS, Android and Chrome OS. These devices use the Ditto Connect app to share content and screen mirror wirelessly to numerous compatible Ditto receivers.

Barco ClickShare works with Windows and macOS devices and has limited compatibility with iOS and Android devices. ClickShare apps for iOS and Android allow users to share media files but do not allow screen mirroring. Native screen mirroring on mobile is restricted to higher tier ClickShare receivers.

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Wireless Screen Mirroring – Compatible Devices
Ditto:
Barco ClickShare:
 Windows  Windows
 macOS  macOS
 iOS limited iOS support
iPadOS limited Android support
Android  
✔ Chrome OS  

Connections and Usability

Ditto offers wireless connections for screen mirroring to a large display without any additional hardware. ClickShare implements a USB dongle that users plug into their devices in order to connect to a display. ClickShare allows some wireless connectivity through an app, but presentation features are limited.

How Connections Work
Ditto

The TV or primary display shows a unique room code. Users enter the room code into the Ditto Connect app on their device, and their device connects to the display.

Desktop users can connect via a web browser if they don’t want to download an app.

Barco ClickShare

There are several ways to share content with ClickShare, depending on device type.

  • Option 1: Use a ClickShare dongle (Windows and macOS only)

    Use a ClickShare dongle (Windows and macOS only)

    Users plug a ClickShare dongle into the USB port on their computer, run a program from an executable file and then press the button on the dongle to begin mirroring. These steps must be completed every time a user connects unless the organization’s IT department installs a driver on each user’s computer allowing the program to run automatically.

  • Option 2: Use the ClickShare app (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android)

    Use the ClickShare app (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android)

    The ClickShare app must be downloaded onto user devices to share content. Users connect to the appropriate network and search for the appropriate receiver from a list of all available devices. On desktop devices, users can screen mirror and share media files and other content using the ClickShare app. Mobile users cannot screen mirror their devices but can wirelessly share media files and other static content.

  • Option 3: Use native screen mirroring on certain models

    Use native screen mirroring on certain models

    Higher-tier ClickShare editions support native screen mirroring through AirPlay, Google Cast and Miracast. Users can initiate screen mirroring on their respective devices that support these protocols.

  • Option 4: Use an HDMI cord on higher-tier editions

    Use an HDMI cord on higher-tier editions

    The CSE-200+ and CSE-800 editions support HDMI connections if you procure and purchase the appropriate cables and adapters.

Sharing through a web browser is not available. A ClickShare dongle on a desktop device is required for full features and functionality.

Features Breakdown

Display branding and connection information

Ditto allows each receiver to be styled with company branding in addition to displaying connection instructions on screen. Ditto account admins can upload logos, background images and banners to brand every display and Ditto Connect app with organization-specific visuals.

ClickShare receivers display connection steps by default. Admins can add Barco ClickShare-branded wallpapers or their own static images to a receiver.

Collaboration
Number of users

Both Ditto and ClickShare allow unlimited users without restriction.

Number of connected devices

Ditto supports mirroring multiple devices simultaneously to the big screen. Up to four users at once can connect and present to a larger display. Users can share single windows, applications or entire screens.

Some editions of ClickShare allow multiple users to connect and share simultaneously. While up to 16 users can connect to a ClickShare receiver, no more than four can display their screens at a time.

  • CS-100 and CS-100 Huddle: Display only one connected device at a time.
  • CSE-200 and CSE-200+: Can display two connected devices.
  • CSE-800: With the appropriate cables, this model can display four connections per monitor and supports two HDMI-connected monitors.
Additional collaboration features

Higher-tier editions of ClickShare offer additional collaboration features when used with interactive touch panel displays.

  • Moderation: Users request to share their screen, and another user can reject or approve the request. Available only on the Barco ClickShare CSE-800.
  • Annotation and Blackboarding: The display offers a static screen where users can write, annotate and export notes. Available only on the CSE-200+ and CSE-800 when connected to a supported interactive touch display.

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Security

Each screen mirroring solution employs security features to protect and secure data.

See which ports on your network need to be open to use ClickShare and Ditto. Spoiler alert: There's a big difference between the two. 

Ditto uses SSL encryption technology to communicate with servers and protect shared content between devices. Room codes segment users to the correct display and prevent unwanted connections from outside sources, and screen data never crosses the internet. Ditto supports additional security options on certain receivers, such as passcodes and onscreen codes for tvOS and Windows receivers.

On higher-tier models, ClickShare implements passcodes, data encryption and the ability to enable or disable the use of applications and wifi access during use. Admins can also choose to limit the strength of a receiver’s broadcasted wifi signal.

Administration and Scalability

Both solutions offer administration capabilities. Ditto administration and remote management takes place entirely within the Ditto Account Portal — a web-based application accessible from anywhere. It is included with a Ditto subscription.

ClickShare receivers can be managed from a cloud management platform. ClickShare cloud management must be run from either a separate piece of Barco hardware or a virtual machine connected to your network. The Barco hardware is purchased separately from ClickShare receivers. (See “Price breakdown” below for more.)

Getting Started

Both Ditto and ClickShare require receivers deployed in each room they’re used in.

Each ClickShare dongle must be updated and paired with a ClickShare receiver before it can be used. At most, only four dongles can be updated at a time, which can be cumbersome for enterprise organizations.

Barco releases quarterly firmware updates in addition to numerous other unscheduled updates to their hardware each year. These updates will need to be deployed to all devices within an organization.

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Cost

Ditto is a single all-in-one solution priced on a per-room basis. ClickShare has multiple tiers of hardware, priced per room.

  • Ditto: $150 per year per room. Requires no additional hardware, cables or replacement parts.
  • ClickShare CS-100 Huddle: $750 per room. Includes one ClickShare dongle.
  • ClickShare CS-100: $1000 per room. Includes one ClickShare dongle.
  • ClickShare CSE-200: $1750 per room. Includes two ClickShare dongles.
  • ClickShare CSE-200+: $2250 per room. Includes two ClickShare dongles.
  • ClickShare CSE-800: $3950 per room. Includes four ClickShare dongles.

See an in-depth cost analysis with the full five-year cost to own for both Ditto and ClickShare. 

Price breakdown

It's likely that you already have a compatible Ditto receiver and can begin using Ditto today without purchasing any additional technology or equipment. If you do require a wireless receiver, a receiver such as an Apple TV HD (priced at $150) will make the total cost of Ditto $300 for one room.

All ClickShare hardware is procured and purchased by third party vendors. In order to remotely manage and update ClickShare receivers, you must use a virtual machine with ClickShare software or purchase a ClickShare cloud management control processor, priced at $2879.

A note about ClickShare dongles:

Hardware accessories such as dongles often need replaced, as they tend to break or go missing. USB-C ClickShare dongles or adapters are required for devices with USB-C inputs and are sold separately from all ClickShare receivers.

Final Thoughts

Ditto is an all-in-one, affordable, entirely wireless presentation solution. Its web-based admin portal makes enterprise deployments simple. Ditto gives end users an easy, cohesive way to connect and share their device screens. If you’re looking for a truly cross-platform solution where deployment scales easily and users can present nearly any device wirelessly, go with Ditto.

Barco ClickShare collaboration and security features give users an interactive meeting experience while keeping data secure. Some users may feel more comfortable with a tangible hardware device to press while they wait for software to run on their devices. If your organization’s budget and IT department requires these features and can accommodate a tiered hardware system with frequent updates, go with Barco ClickShare.

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Published on 8/22/19

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