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Implementing Intel Unite

What is Intel Unite?

Intel released Unite as a replacement for its recently discontinued WiDi technology, as a way for multiple people to wirelessly project at the same time.  The technology takes a big step from the days of just one person sharing your screen, allowing 4 people to project at once, with annotation capabilities and plugin support.  Users don’t need to be in the same room or same network, allowing people across the world to join in and collaborate.  And this is all done with free software and a compatible computer in the conference room as a hub.

Intel provides this video to explain the application:

What is required?

To use Intel Unite, you need to have a compatible Dell, HP, Lenovo, Fujitsu, or Intel computer to serve as the hub. As of August 9, 2016, these devices are supported:

The hub can run Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, though you cannot use the v3 Client plugin with Windows 10. You’ll also need access to your DNS to add a special autodetect entry – otherwise, hubs will need to be on the same subnet as clients. If you’re going to administer multiple hubs or allow guest access, you will likely want to install the Enterprise server on a VM.

Users can connect to the hub with the client app, which is supported for Windows 7/8.1/10, Mac OS X, and Apple iPad (not iPhone).

Why is information so hard to find?

Good question!  Intel seems keen on keeping Unite as a perk for purchasing certain vPRO model computers, so they provide the software to OEMs to hand out.  OEMs don’t seem to be pushing the technology hard, and my Lenovo rep hadn’t even heard of the tool.  I collected these resources after experiencing a massive amount of frustration trying to find and test the right version.

Does it work?

Not sure yet!  I’ve installed a test copy of the Enterprise software and am working on a demo hub.  We’ll try it out with the IT management team and see what they think.  If it doesn’t meet their needs, we’ll probably go with the proprietary Extron ShareLink 250W.

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