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Comparing Airtame 2 to KLIK Stik

Updated: Feb 11, 2022


We're often asked about how our products compare to wireless screen sharing devices offered by other brands, and the Airtame 2 is no exception. In an earlier comparison, we covered the similarities and differences with the KLIK Boks PLUS. This time, let's see how Airtame 2 compares to the KLIKStik.

The original Airtame was much smaller, and $100 less.

The Basics

Airtame 2 is the improved version of the original Airtame wireless screen sharing device that was recently discontinued. Whereas the original Airtame was housed in a small HDMI “dongle”, the new model uses a round housing with an external HDMI cable for connection to the display. Likewise, where the older Airtame was supplied with a USB cable and could draw its power from the display, this new model requires an external power supply, drawing considerably more power. The new Airtame 2 is also $200 more expensive than the old model, now offered at $499. Airtame 2 comes with a 1-year warranty (US).

KLIKStik is the smallest and most affordable wireless screen sharing system from KLIK, and comes in at just $149. The Stik shares a similar form factor to the original Airtame, with an HDMI connector on one end, that plugs directly into a screen or projector. The Stik is also supplied with a short HDMI extension cable, to make it easier to install when the screen's connector is in an awkward location. It also comes with a combination USB cable, that connects to the screen's USB port, powering the device. In the case of Airtame 2, the device cannot be powered by USB and must be connected to the supplied power adapter.


The combination USB cable not only powers the KLIK Stik, it also enables two signature features of the device; Media Player and Wireless USB. KLIK Stik can play back Audio, Video and Images, through its built-in Media Player. Simply plug in a thumb drive and use your phone as the remote control. In addition, the USB port can be used to connect a wireless presenter, so it can be shared by any PC that's making a presentation. The KLIK Stik comes with a 3-year warranty.


Integration

Prior to use, both Airtame 2 and KLIKStik must be connected to the display, a power source and to the local area network.

Airtame offers an optional Ethernet Adapter for wired network connection. KLIK recommends the KLIK Boks PLUS for wired operation.

Since neither device has an Ethernet connector, the network connection must be made using Wi-Fi. For a total cost of $528 the Airtame may be paired with an optional Ethernet adapter, while in the case of KLIK Stik, one would have to move up to the KLIKBoks PLUS, at $249 to get that feature (see our comparison here).


Once connected to the display screen, both devices need to be paired to the local Wi-Fi, and further set up with optional features and settings. Both products come with a curated setup process, by downloading an application from their respective websites.


Native Streaming

One of the most attractive features of any wireless screen sharing device is the ability for users to stream from their devices, without being forced to install an app. Native streaming is built into devices powered by Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and Android, under a variety of different names.


Airtame 2 supports screen mirroring from iOS devices using AirPlay Beta, which needs to be enabled manually before first use. According to the company, “AirPlay works both when streaming from OSX and iOS devices, but development efforts are focused on iOS devices.” Since the feature is still in beta, the company lists over a dozen known issues with AirPlay. Aside from AirPlay Beta for iOS, Airtame 2 does not support any other native streaming protocol.


KLIK Stik supports screen mirroring from Mac OSX, iOS, Windows and Android devices, natively. KLIK’s implementation of AirPlay compatibility works with iOS devices, allowing for full screen mirroring with any content, including YouTube video when played from a web page. AirPlay on Mac allows for screen mirroring or extended desktop mode, supporting presenter mode in PowerPoint and Keynote. Windows (8.1+) users can stream to KLIK using the native Miracast utility that’s built in, with the ability to mirror or extend the desktop. KLIK also supports Android devices with full screen mirroring, since they also use the Miracast protocol.


Access Control

A wireless screen sharing solution is a welcome addition to any collaboration space, but there are applications where access restrictions need to be placed on the device. For example, where adjacent meeting rooms could lead users to accidentally connect to the wrong room, or schools where a higher degree of access control is needed.


Airtame 2 can be set up to require a “PIN code” that users must enter before starting a streaming session. The PIN code is randomly generated and ensures that only users who are physically in the same room can connect and stream to the Airtame 2. The feature needs to be enabled through the Advanced settings option.


KLIK Stik comes with password-restricted access enabled by default. Like Airtame, users must enter the 4-digit password to connect with KLIK and start a streaming session. The feature can be disabled easily from the KLIK app or the KLIKWizard.