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Deployment and Connection Methods - A Network Administrator's Guide to Delivering a Friction-les

Wireless screen sharing should be easy and intuitive. As a system administrator you'll need to consider how to best serve the needs of users while providing a friction-less user experience. When planning for the installation of the KLIK wireless presentation system, we recommend that you consider Deployment and Connection methods to find the right balance between ease of use, security and integration for your users.

There are 3 different ways to deploy the KLIK and another 3 ways that clients can in turn connect to it before starting a streaming session. The right combination of these two factors determines how well the system serves the needs of the users and in turn, the user experience.

KLIK Deployment Methods

  1. Direct connection over Wi-Fi. This is where users connect to the KLIK Boks as if it were a regular Wi-Fi hotspot. When KLIK is deployed using this method, there is no connection to the network. By default, KLIK radiates an SSID which users would connect to, without a password.

  2. Network connection using Wi-Fi. In this case, the KLIK Boks joins the network by making a network connection over Wi-Fi, using a “pairing” procedure initiated either from another device or through the handheld remote control. Users connect to KLIK through the network.

  3. Network connection using Ethernet. KLIK is connected to the network through a network cable that plugs into a physical Ethernet port. By default, KLIK negotiates an IP address using the DHCP server. Users connect to KLIK through the network.

Wi-Fi Direct Method

In the case of the Direct connection over Wi-Fi method, users must disconnect from the building Wi-Fi to connect with KLIK. This is, in most cases, impractical because they then lose the connection to the network and consequently the Internet. So, despite the fact that we refer to KLIK as a “Wireless Presentation Connector”, the direct connection method is only for setup and some very limited use cases.

Wireless Network Method

When KLIK is connected to a network using Wi-Fi, it is made available to all users who are also connected to that network. Users simply connect to the network as usual, whether over Wi-Fi or a wired, Ethernet connection. While making a wireless connection to the network is convenient, it also subjects the system to a degree of instability, as wireless connections can and do suffer from external interference.

Wired Network Method

The wired connection method over Ethernet is the most reliable means by which to make the KLIK available to users on that network. Network administrators can assign a fixed IP address and determine who has access to the device using their existing group and security policies.

General Network Considerations

Regardless of how the KLIK is connected to a network, it is important to keep a couple of points in mind. First, KLIK is not a network access point, switch, router or gateway; it is merely a destination point. The same network rules that apply to printers also apply to KLIK. Users must be able to “see” the KLIK using network discovery and they must have an open path to reach the device, such as a subnet or VLAN.