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Use Apple AirPlay
Mirroring with a VGA Projector
Kanex ATV Pro allows a VGA projector to use Apple AirPlay mirroring from an iPad to Apple TV, thus eliminating the need to upgrade to expensive HDMI projection equipment. ATV Pro enhances presentation and educational iLearning experiences by bridging the gap between current equipment and modernization.
Power Plug Free and Audio Included
No need for external power or heavy adapters. ATV Pro draws power directly from your Apple TV so you can just plug and play. ATV Pro also has a built-in 3.5mm audio jack so you can play movies and music during your presentation.
Education Technology in Your Hands
Classrooms will have no limits. Educators have the ability to keep audiences engaged and connected for today’s iLearning experience. Thousands of apps can easily be mirrored from an iPad and displayed while allowing the freedom to move around while presenting.
As districts and schools look to technology modernization projects over the next few years, ATV Pro can help facilitate the jump into iLearning, creating streamlined environments and optimal classroom opportunities for teachers and students, alike. ATV Pro can be key in helping schools create the demand for iLearning experiences from K-12.
- Chris Coffelt
Director of Technology
Mill Valley school District, CA
A panel of industry experts and the editors of CE Pro chose ATV Pro to join an exclusive group of products deemed the most noteworthy of 2012.
It was very tough for the judging panel this year, as evidenced by the several'ties' in certain categories. In the end, 37 winning products will be receiving a BEST Award for 2012.
says Jason Knott, editor-in-chief.
ATV Pro + Roku
ATV PRO is an HDMI to VGA adapter. It’ll connect any of the new Roku media players via HDMI to a TV or monitor that has VGA. You can also connect external speakers to get high quality audio. There is no external power adapters needed to power the ATV PRO for it is bus powered, giving you more flexibility to connect in your entertainment center. Once connected, you can use Roku as it was intended– to give you all that great Internet video and music content from over the Internet. Do know that you do need a wired or wireless network at home to enable the streaming of the content over the internet.
ATV Pro with Roku will not enable you to mirror your iPad content to your TV, however Roku does offer an IOS and Android app so you can stream music and photos to your TV from your mobile devices.
Kanex ATV Pro
Input video signal:
Output video signal:
3.5-mm stereo mini-jack
Vertical Frequency Range:
2.75 in (70 mm)
(2nd or 3rd generation)
Does it allow me to play iTunes content such as movies and tv shows, or does lack of HDCP on VGA prevent that?
Yes, this device is fully HDCP compliant and will let you play iTunes content as well as Netflix and other streaming media.
Will this work with the original ipad?
Great question! Yes, it will work in terms of streaming your movies, photos or music but it will not Mirror your iPad, since iPad mirroring works with the later models and iPhone 4S.
Do I need a wifi connection for this to work?
AirPlay Mirroring requires Apple TV and iOS device to be on the same network. If you have the new iPad 3rd generation or iPhone 4S it has a personal hotspot that Apple TV can join which will form a network of the 2 devices.
Is your device HDCP compliant?
Yes, the ATV Pro is HDCP 1.2 Compliant, also listed on our specs tab.
Will this work with other HDMI devices, like a sony media player? And does this display the Apple Tv interface, or just the airplay?
Honestly, this product is designed with Apple TV in mind and we have not tested the Sony Media Player yet, however it will work with all HDMI sources. ATV Pro will display the entire Apple TV interface on the VGA projector when connected to it.
Will this also work with older LCD/Plasma screens that only have VGA/DVI connections?
Absolutely, the ATV Pro is designed for legacy displays such as those mentioned above and VGA based projectors.
How do you choose (or what determines the VGA output resolution?
Great question. The VGA output resolutions are displayed using EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) through internally stored resolutions from either the VGA display parameters or through the adapters internal memory of resolutions.
I have apple tv and want to connect to a Sony plasma HD tv so I can stream netflix and other iTunes media. Will this do that? My Sony tv has a dvi-d and audio jacks but until now no good solution.
Apple TV will easily connect using HDMI but for your sony tv, you need to see if you have a VGA port on the back, not DVI-D. This converter will only work from HDMI to VGA with stereo audio.
Does this work with the new AppleTV generation 3. I have an existing adapter that works with my Apple TV gen 2, but not with the new gen 3, so I am looking for one that works.
Yes it has been tested to work with Apple TV 3rd Generation, 2nd Generation even the original Apple TV from 2006
Does it work directly with backberry playbook?Thanks
Yes it does. You'll need an micro hdmi adapter though
Will you need a wired connection from the Kanex ATV Pro to the iPad to get sound through the device or a wired connection with the Stereo Mini jack to a local sound source?
No. You only need a wired connection from your Apple TV to the VGA projector using our ATV Pro. That's it! Once that is connected, you can stream, mirror your content from iPad wirelessly around the class-room or conference room. The stereo mini-jack connects to the VGA projector for audio.
How does this handle the output of 4:3 slides from keynote via the 16:9 atv Does the image cover the full 1024x768 of the projector If so what happens when displaying a 16:9 movie or image, is the 16:9 content letterboxed to 1024x576
For Keynote slides and presentation, it covers full 1024x768 resolution depending on the projectors output resolution, we use 1280x720p and it covers the projector. For Streaming YouTube and Movies, as you may now that, due to HDCP you will only be able to see it on the projector or HDTV display - therefore its fills full up the screen or widescreen depending on the movie to 16:9. The ATV Pro is capable of outputting resolutions up to HD 1080p from a VGA Display, depending on your Display. Thanks
Does it work with a "normal" PAL-TV with VGA-in Port? Do i need any other accessories? Are there any restrictions?
Yes, it will automatically recognize the video system (PAL or NTSC) based on your TV. You don't need any additional accessories except a longer VGA cable and 3.5mm stereo audio cable for sound.
I have connected my apple tv via HDMI to my 4:3 smartboard and have been disappointed by how small the picture is - after changing all kinds of resolution settings on both the apple tv and the SMARTboard I am still faced with a tiny 16:9 screen that is mirroring my iPad 2. Will this attachment possibly correct the resolution problem since it will be displaying via VGA (which works great when directly connected to the iPad 2 instead of airplay via the apple tv)? Thanks for your help! If this
Apple TV max resolution out for AirPlay mirroring is 720p (1280x720 pixels). No matter if the output port is HDMI or VGA this is the max from the source Apple TV
Will this product go backwards, VGA to HDMI? It doesn't need to up convert, but just output.
Will the ATV Pro work with the new Apple TV at HDMI output resolution of 1080p?
Will I be able to use the ATV Pro to connect an Apple TV (3rd Gen) to my TV (which has a VGA port and 3.5mm Audio In Support) and just use the Apple TV for Netflix, iTunes (Home Sharing) content, etc.? Will it work in just the same way as if it were connected via HDMI?
Absolutely, if you have a high def tv, it will work the same way an an HDMI connector providing full 1080p. And yes, the ATV Pro is designed to work with all three Apple TV's in the market. Accessing Netflix and iTunes, home sharing is all capable when plugged in to the apple tv 3.
Can this be used to ONLY play audio through speakers via the 3.5mm connection? more specifically, can this be used with airplay to play music through speakers connected through the 3.5mm mini-jack without using any VGA input whatsoever?
The answer is yes. You can easily connect the ATV Pro to your stereo or 2-channel speakers from the TV, disconnect the VGA output and still get audio from your iTunes collection and other Airplay related music sources. But keep in mind, you need Apple TV there to work the magic.
We're looking for an inexpensive way to add HDMI inputs to our existing analog projection system, but we have to have a specific resolution (1024x768). Can the internal EDID tables of this device be customized?
Yes, the internal EDID tables includes 1024x768 resolution and lower res up to 640x480 or 800x600. The internal tables cannot be customized since the converter works on Auto EDID mode, however – you can customize Apple TV resolution by going under general/ audio –video settings/ tv resolutions.
How does the ATV Pro handle multiple iPads in the classroom? How is the signal handed off from one iPad to another?
Great question, yes it does handle multiple iPads in the classrooms, to be precise - you can handle one signal at a time from Airplay devices and pass it on to another iPad as long as they are connected to the same network. As a tip: you can also set up a password/ lock for every ipads so they can log in to the Apple TV once their password is entered. Let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks
Not sure that my question is answered in the FAQ - I tried the ATV Pro this week at a conference, and the Apple TV showed just fine in 4:3 - but when I switched on mirroring, the screen went square, and the iPad screen was scrunched up. Is there a fix for this issue, or is this a function of HDMI to VGA? Thanks.
It will re-size the output based on your screen resolution. Apple TV supports 800x600, 1024x768, 720p and 1080p. Depending on the display, you can watch full widescreen TV when streaming Netflix or Itunes content but in mirror mode you screen when in Vertical mode will compress itself, smaller than 4:3 due to Airplay Restriction. On a second note, try going under projector settings and change your screen size (Horizontal& Vertical) this may help the overall size when mirroring.
Once connected, can the optical out of the AppleTV still be used to play out 5.1 streams or does the audio strictly now come out of the 3.5mm jack in stereo?
Yes, absolutely - you can use the optical out from the Apple TV to your AV receiver and still get 5.1 SS while connected to 3.5mm stereo which powers the 2-channlel audio from VGA projector speakers and you can mute or unmute, that's the beauty of it.
Does this work with ViewSonic projector with an apple tv?
Yes, it will work with any VGA projector as long as you match the resolution from your Apple TV to the native resolution of the projector. For more information, please click on the FAQ's tab under http://www.kanexlive.com/atvpro
Can this device also be used for an iPod touch - to mirror the things you see on the screen. Mirroring with a VGA adapter directly on the ipod touch is very limited.
No, Airplay mirroring technology only works currently with iPad 2, 3 and iPhone 4s.
Hello I was curious to know if I use 50 foot VGA cable and a 5 foot audio would the image and the sound still mach up?
Great question, when running 50ft VGA cabling or higher, signal equalization is required (through a booster or repeater), audio will work with 5-foot, but video will not provide the highest resolution unless accompanied by VGA boosters in between.
4.69 out of 5/ Based on
1.- Good product to connect an Apple TV 2.- Easy to use. 3.- Some times fail to connect to an HP Compaq LE2002x Monitor 4.- No comments.
Reviewed by FJ, Poza Rica Veracruz Mexico, 5/16/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2013
This Kanex ATV Pro has revitalised my older style projector. It instantly recognised the correct resolution and performed exactly as I had expected. I also love the way it allows 3.5 pin output for audio. This product is fantastic and has breathed new life into my entertainment system.
Reviewed by JL, Wanganui North Island New Zealand, 4/28/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2013/04
This product is used in the Middle School classroom. I liked that the Apple TV enhances projection from the teacher's computer to board. We did not receive a remote with the device for launching. The IT is helping us to connect the Apple TV.
Reviewed by LC, Houston TX United States, 4/28/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2013/04
I have not had a chance yet to use this product because everywhere I do presentations and speeches, their wifi requires web authentication. Ergo, Apple TV cannot work. Product itself seems good though.
Reviewed by AK, Little Rock AR United States, 4/27/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year: not sure
Very satisfied with all of the above!!Thank you
Reviewed by KM, Loveland CO United States, 4/8/2013
Device: - Year: 04/2013
Excellent, already i bought 3 no.s now. Please launch this item in UAE as well.
Reviewed by SG, Dubai Dubai/UAE United Arab Emirates, 3/4/2013
Device: Others - Year: 2013
It works wonderfully and I am now able to use airplay in my classroom because I can hook up the device to my Apple TV and through my projector my students work can be displayed through Apple TV because of this device. I love it!
Reviewed by JS, Walpole MA United States, 3/2/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year: 03/2013
This unit worked flawlessly. It connects the Apple TV unit HDMI to a standard projector wonderfully.
Reviewed by JS, Worcester MA United States, 3/2/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year:
I only place the orders but I'm certain I would hear if anyone was having issues so no news is good news. Sorry I can't review the actual product, but the ordering process and delivery of product ordered was great. Thanks so much.
Reviewed by DW, Wainwright AB Canada, 2/7/2013
Device: Apple TV - Year: 12/12
It was a gift
Reviewed by MS, Ogden UT United States, 2/3/2013
Device: - Year:
This product is used in middle school classrooms to mirror the iPad to a VGA projector via Apple TV. This product is wonderful. It makes the setup from the Apple TV to th VGA projector quick and easy. There is not another product on the market like this one. Since the atv pro handles both video and audio signals in the single cord for a great price, I highly recommend this product for anyone wanting to convert hdmi to VGA with sound.
Reviewed by WM, Las Cruces NM United States, 12/17/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 11/2012
I use this product with an older projector. Runs the apple TV perfectly, including purchased items from iTunes.
Reviewed by SM, Calgary AB Canada, 12/17/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: Dec 2012
1. I use the ATVPro to connect Apple TV's to non HDMI equipped data projectors. 2. The product is simple to use and we have not experienced any faulty devices. 3. Nothing 4. This is the second online purchase I have made using your website and I am very impressed with the service I received on both occasions. The products were dispatched promptly and delivered on time and in excellent condition.
Reviewed by DL, Orange NSW Australia, 12/17/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2012/12
It works great but can be better. The assemble of the HDMI port is sloppy, so that the case is too easy to be lost. If the power source of apple TV is removed-reconnected, the video output have 50% probability to be blank, so I have to re-plug my power several times for confirming the video output is normal.:) Surely I seldom have to remove my power resource, and the case of HDMI is now sealed with tapes, so I think this is still really an amazing product.
Reviewed by SK, Tainan City Taiwan, 11/4/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year:
I ordered 50 of these to use in our classrooms to connect 3rd-gen AppleTVs to our existing VGA-only projectors. The packaging got annoying after opening half-a-dozen of them, but it's great that there's no power adapter necessary, and it includes audio as well as video. I've had a couple that suddenly would display a black screen (but would still negotiate the resolution) while other adapters or HDMI cables worked, but they seemed to start working again after a day or two being unplugged. Overall these have worked very well to connect to our legacy projectors.
Reviewed by BH, Visalia CA United States, 10/30/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: march 2012
I purchased these devices to facilitate the use of Apple TV with projectors that only have vga inputs and not hdmi inputs. thus far, they have worked well, a downside to them is the lack of audio out to the projector through the Kanex device. I chose these because they do not require an external power source and they are compact. I have 18 devices in use throughout a Preschool -7th grade school primarily in conjunction with projectors. If you want testing done, I have them being robustly used in a school environment and would be willing to test other devices. Don
Reviewed by DC, Burien WA United States, 10/24/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2012/7
I am using this to connect an Apple TV to my VGA-only projector in my band room. It functions flawlessly with no set-up hassle. It was like it was an Apple product... it just works!
Reviewed by WT, Lenexa KS United States, 10/23/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: October 2012
1. We used this product in conjunction with Apple TVs and older model VGA LCDs that didn't have HDMI. 2. Advantage - to be able to place the audio jack into the adapter was a bonus as classrooms were not equipped with equipment compatible with the Apple TV. The product is in one piece, compact, and easy to manage even by 'non-techs'. 3. Nothing 4. Thank you for quickly rectifying the last shipment. The conference required these adapters, and I am very glad they arrived. I am happy with the product.
Reviewed by WL, Duncan BC Canada, 10/22/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2011
Set up in theater for classes. Easy to set up.
Reviewed by MH, Robinson IL United States, 10/22/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 9/2012
I used it to connect an Ipad to my conference room Matrox switch. Mainly to connect a conference room Ipad app to a display inside my conference room. Worked like a charm. I also liked very much that I didn't need a power source for the product.
Reviewed by RW, Hayward CA United States, 10/22/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2012008
Perfect! It does everything I need it to. I hook it up to my apple t.v. and vga projector and can wirelessly use my iPad in my classroom. It has an input for speakers so that I can also use sound. I searched for a long time for a product to do just this and this is the only one that I have found. I love it!!!
Reviewed by JI, Chicago IL United States, 10/22/2012
Device: - Year:
This has been a great product for my husband. As a pastor, he uses it to project things onto a screen when he is preaching. As far as I know, there is nothing he doesn't like about the ATV. Thank you.
Reviewed by mh, lima OH United States, 10/22/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: sept, 2012?
This product works great for exporting a VGA signal out of an Apple TV. We use this in a lot of classrooms in our school district and it works very well.
Reviewed by NE, Firth NE United States, 10/22/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2012/10
I use the product in a meeting room to do presentation from an iPad via an Apple TV
Reviewed by ÉV, Brussels Belgium, 10/22/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year:
1. I use ATV pro to connect Apple TV to the LCD projector in the classroom. 2. I like ATV pro as it doesn't require external power, and it able to convert HDMI to both VGA and 3.5mm audio output too. 3. I don't see any that I don't like. 4. Hopefully ATV pro will be available in my country's retail stores.
Reviewed by TK, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 10/21/2012
Device: Apple TV - Year: 2012/8
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