About Wired Networking and Networking Protocols Posted on May 3, 2014 By Lisa Feierman 1. The 2014-2015 Classroom Projector Report: Special Features and Considerations - Table of Contents: Things to Consider!2. About Ultra Short Throw, and Very Short Throw Projectors - About Ultra Short Throw, and Very Short Throw Projectors3. About Interactive Projectors - About Interactive Projectors4. About Laser Pointers, Optical Pointers, Tablets and General Remote Mousing - About About Laser Pointers, Optical Pointers, Tablets and General Remote Mousing5. About Pocket Projectors - Pocket Projectors - They Have Come of Age6. About Solid State Light Engines - About Solid State Light Engines7. About Interchangeable Lenses - About Interchangeable Lenses8. About PC Free Presenting, BYOD, Presenting Over Network - About PC Free Presenting, BYOD, Presenting Over Network9. About HDMI (or DVI), USB, DisplayLink USB Interfacing - About HDMI (or DVI), USB, DisplayLink USB Interfacing10. About Picture Quality – Brightness, Color Fidelity, Accuracy, Color vs Brightness - About Picture Quality – Brightness, Color Fidelity, Accuracy, Color vs Brightness11. About Cost of Operation, Maintenance, Filters - About Cost of Operation, Maintenance, Filters - Cost of Installation - Cost of Replacement Lamps - Cost of Replacing Lamps - Filter Costs12. About Wireless Networking - About Wireless Networking13. About Wired Networking and Networking Protocols - About Wired Networking and Networking Protocols14. About Cloud Presenting/Teaching - About Cloud Presenting/Teaching15. About Presenting / Teaching from iOS and Android devices - About Presenting / Teaching from iOS and Android devices16. About Active and Passive 3D In the Classroom - About Active and Passive 3D In the Classroom - Active vs. Passive17. About Cost of Operation and Ownership - Upfront Costs - Post-Sale Costs - That's A Wrap About Wired Networking and Networking ProtocolsThe trend is to have schools and districts networked. There are a number of obvious advantages I will shortly mention. Let’s start though by saying that other than the pocket projectors many of the rest in this report either have wired networking built in, or there are alternative models in the same series that do offer wired networking. If you need it, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding projectors that offer it, that match your needs in terms of other features and costs. Some projectors will allow presentations over the network, that’s accomplished one of several ways, which may even rely on media players on board in the projector. Wired networking means command and control. It normally also means monitoring. That is, a network administrator can typically see if a projector is on or off, if working correctly or not, how many lamp hours before replacement, etc. Some of the smarter projectors go a step further in that they may alert the network administrator by email or notification method when servicing, lamp replacement etc. are required. Many projectors offer advanced networking, and while we don’t test networking, we consider projectors being certified for Crestron’s Roomview, or AMX Discovery as being tested and supporting those networking protocols. Those tend to add a lot of additional capabilities. Consider push notifications as an example. As I write this, the newspapers are headlining Tornados in Mississippi. A conceivable use might be a network administrator with advanced networking control, could simultaneously fire up every turned off projector (that supports this networking) in the school district. Once they are all on, they could push through a notification repeatedly Perhaps: “TORNADO WARNING” All students and teachers take immediate shelter.” Then they could turn off all the projectors 10 minutes later. We aren’t really networking people here at Projector Reviews, so we leave decisions relating to basic or advanced wired networking to your IT and Network administrator folks.