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Ditto is a wireless screen mirroring software solution. wePresent is a wireless hardware screen mirroring solution.
wePresent utilizes a hardware box as a receiver. The receiver is connected to a network via ethernet and plugged into a TV or other primary display. Users connect to the receiver and share content through a downloaded app on their devices.
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.
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. The user experience is consistent across all devices.
wePresent works with Windows, macOS, Android and Chrome OS devices and has limited compatibility with iOS devices. Users connect to wePresent with downloaded apps and in some instances can use native screen mirroring.
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wePresent apps have different functionality depending on a user’s device and what receiver model is used. It may be difficult to remember which features and functionality are available on different apps and receivers for end users.
iOS devices cannot perform full screen mirroring using wePresent’s app. The wePresent app for iOS can only present media files, documents and other static content.
Some functionality is only available if you purchase the higher-tier WiCS-2100 receiver. This includes:
Users connect and present with Ditto and wePresent in different ways.
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. Users connect this way across all device types.
Desktop users can connect via a web browser if they don’t want to download an app.
There are several ways to share content with wePresent, depending on user devices and receiver model.
Use the wePresent app (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Chrome OS)
Users must first connect to the wePresent’s broadcasted wifi network. Upon first connection, users must download the wePresent app on their devices. For desktop devices, users locate and type in the IP address of their wePresent receiver into their browser. On mobile devices, users scan the QR code displayed on the receiver screen. A download page provides links to download the wePresent app for their respective devices.
Once users have downloaded and opened the wePresent app, they search for their conference room’s wePresent from a list of available receivers. After selecting it, they tap the connect button.
The wePresent app for Chrome OS is only functional with the higher-tier WiCS-2100 receiver.
Use native AirPlay screen mirroring (Apple devices only)
After connecting to a wePresent receiver’s broadcasted wifi network, users with Apple devices can use native screen mirroring via AirPlay.
Use native Google Cast screen mirroring (Android and Chrome OS devices only)
After connecting to a wePresent receiver’s broadcasted wifi network, users can use native Google Cast to screen mirror with Android and Chrome OS devices.
This functionality is only available with the higher-tier WiCS-2100 receiver.
Both Ditto and wePresent allow an unlimited number of users.
Ditto supports mirroring multiple devices simultaneously to the big screen. Up to four users can connect at once and share windows, apps and full device screens. wePresent advertises up to 32 users can connect at once. While 32 devices can initiate a connection to a wePresent receiver, only up to four devices can be displayed on screen at a time. The wePresent app also supports mirroring to four receivers at once.
wePresent offers some collaboration features if users have the appropriate tools.
The user experience differs between Ditto and wePresent.
Simple connection instructions and room codes are displayed automatically on every Ditto receiver. Ditto room codes can be custom phrases or randomly generated. The Ditto Connect app is consistent and cohesive across all devices. Users can quickly begin screen mirroring by entering a room code into the app and tapping a button.
While wePresent receivers display connection instructions, there is a small barrier to entry. To download wePresent’s app or become a moderator, users must find and enter their wePresent receiver’s IP address into their web browser and follow onscreen instructions. Users must know their organization’s wePresent password in order to log in as a moderator. wePresent features and functionality differ between device types and receiver models. Training may be required so end users understand how to use the product.
Both Ditto and wePresent 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.
wePresent receivers can be managed from a cloud management platform. wePresent cloud management must be run from either a separate piece of wePresent hardware or a virtual machine connected to your network. The hardware is purchased separately from wePresent receivers. (See “Price breakdown” below for more.)
wePresent releases regular firmware updates to their hardware each year. These updates will need to be deployed to all devices within an organization.
Both Ditto and wePresent require receivers deployed in each room they’re used in.
Mounting brackets and additional hardware accessories are available with each wePresent receiver. Mounting a wePresent receiver requires drilling into a wall or other surface.
Ditto is priced on a per-room basis. wePresent has several tiers of hardware, priced per room.
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 device such as an Apple TV HD (priced at $150) will make the total cost of Ditto $300 for one room.
wePresent hardware must be purchased through a third-party vendor. HDMI and ethernet cables must also be procured and purchased for every receiver as they are not included with any wePresent device.
In order to remotely manage and update wePresent receivers, you must use a virtual machine with wePresent software or purchase a wePresent cloud management control processor, priced at $2879.
Ditto is an affordable, all-in-one wireless presentation solution. Its simplicity makes it easy for users of any skill level to collaborate and share screens. Ditto scales across large or small organizations with free remote management and minimal deployment time. If you’re looking for a solution where any user can present quickly on nearly any device, go with Ditto.
Once wePresent is deployed and users are comfortable with the technology, it offers a smooth screen sharing experience. Power users with compatible devices will appreciate the moderation and annotation tools included. If your organization’s budget and IT department require these features and can accommodate a tiered hardware system with frequent updates, consider using wePresent.
Published on 8/28/19