Jun 24, 2019

Different levels of ClickShare network integration

ClickShare

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ClickShare is a connected, IT grade solution that supports any infrastructure configuration that a company might deploy: standalone, connected or fully networked. As ISO 27001 certified product, the focus is entirely on security and central management, which is essential with network integrations.

What are the different levels of network integration with ClickShare?

ClickShare offers 4 levels of network integration and connection options between the Base Unit, Button(s), laptops running the Desktop App and mobile apps.


  1. For mobile devices employees
  2. For mobiles devices guests

What are the advantages of ‘connecting’ ClickShare?

Out-of-the-box use or Standalone mode

Without any integration, the ClickShare Base Unit and Button(s) operate as a standalone wireless solution, directly out of the box. Users can connect to the Base Unit via the ClickShare Button, the ClickShare Desktop or mobile App or native screen mirroring protocols such as Airplay or Google Cast.

Using a ClickShare Button allows you to stay connected to the internet. Using the ClickShare Desktop or mobile App or screen mirroring will require connecting to the Base Unit directly and you will only be able to access internet if the device supports data and Wi-Fi connection at the same time.

Why go for standalone mode?

  • zero installation: plug & play
  • presence detection with Desktop App

However...

  • only manual firmware updates are possible
  • no central management
  • BYOD & CS App sharing: you need to connect to Base Unit Wi-Fi
  • ClickShare SSID visible

Perfect for...

Temporary setups, visitor centers and small installations without network integration needs _ although not recommended.

Connected mode or Standalone mode with Ethernet link

In this extended out-of-the-box mode, an Ethernet connection is made between the ClickShare Base Unit and the corporate network. Users can connect directly to the Base Unit via the ClickShare Button, the ClickShare Desktop or mobile App or screen mirroring. Employee mobile devices can now connect via the corporate LAN if the ‘enable over LAN’ option is enabled.

Why go for connected mode or standalone mode with Ethernet link?

  • zero installation: plug & play
  • presence detection with Desktop App
  • central management
  • auto-updates are possible
  • employees BYOD and App sharing without the need to switch Wi-Fi network

However...

  • guest using BYOD and  App sharing, need to connect to Base Unit Wi-Fi
  • ClickShare SSID visible

Perfect for...

Temporary setups, visitor centers and small installations without network integration needs

Integrated in an Enterprise network

In the first level of full network integration, the ClickShare Base Unit is connected to the corporate network or guest network via a cabled network. The Base Unit’s wireless access point is disabled and all traffic from the Button(s) travel via the Enterprise network to the Base Unit. Corporate users and guests can share directly via the ClickShare Button or when connected with their mobile device to the same Enterprise network. 

Why go for integration in an Enterprise network?

  • easy installation via built-in wizard in the ClickShare configurator or via XMS
  • less Wi-Fi access points give better control over the Wi-Fi spectrum
  • automatic free updates & central management (XMS)
  • longer range & better coverage for Button & App connections
  • employee BYOD & CS App sharing  without changing Wi-Fi on device
  • presence detection with Desktop App

Perfect for...

Large Enterprise installations where ClickShare Units are integrated into a single corporate network, which is used for all devices. It is also used when sharing from other networks is not required.

Integrated in a dedicated Enterprise network

In the next level integration mode, the ClickShare Base Unit is connected to a dedicated physical or virtual LAN via a cabled network. The Base Unit’s wireless access point function is disabled. Corporate users as well as guests share directly via the ClickShare Button or, with their mobile devices if they are connected to the dedicated LAN or Enterprise network. This setup allows for more fine grained access control or to separate the AV network traffic from all other IP traffic to ensure business requirements in terms of bandwidth and latency.

Why go for an integration in a dedicated Enterprise network?

  • automatic free updates & central management (XMS)
  • less wireless access points, full control of Wi-Fi spectrum
  • eliminates any security risks via ClickShare because of the separate and isolated (virtual) LAN
  • mobile users remain connected to current network when sharing and have access to corporate network and the internet (if configuration allows this)
  • presence detection with ClickShare Desktop App

Perfect for...

Large Enterprise installations where ClickShare Units are integrated into a dedicated corporate network, for security or segmentation requirements. Used for all installations where security is of the highest importance e.g. in banks, defense industry or government.

How to integrate ClickShare in your network?


Read more. Download the network integration guide

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