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    iPad as second display -- Air Display
    So I've been using Air Display to use my iPad as a second monitor but there is a fair amount of lag with the app and it' definitely doesn't feel like a second monitor.

    Are there any alternatives to Air Display that run smoother?

    Or better yet, is there anyway to hook up your iPad via USB or some other means to function as a second display -- I feel like running over Wifi, it is inevitable that there will be issues.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Just curious. What are you using the iPad as a 2nd display for (what other device)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Just curious. What are you using the iPad as a 2nd display for (what other device)?

    - Nick
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    Ahh...very interesting. Since you are using your MacBook Pro at a desk...why not just get a traditional flat panel external monitor. They're:

    - inexpensive
    - don't take up much space
    - you get more screen real estate
    - and you're certainly going to get MUCH better performance

    Air Display is a pretty cool idea. But you shouldn't suffer performance issues if you don't have to.

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    the reason for that is because sometimes i often use my ipad adjacent to the my laptop. i will watch a video on my laptop and take notes on the iPad. but for the times that I just want to use the computer, i'm looking for a better alternative to air display

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    Which generation iPad do you have (1, 2, 3, or 4)?

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    Faster Air Display
    Hi. There are a couple of things that you can do to dramatically increase the performance of Air Display.

    (1) Upgrade to 5-GHz Wi-Fi. If you're running on an all-5GHz Wi-Fi network (802.11n) you'll have much much faster performance. The best thing you can do to have overall better browsing experience and better video streaming and of course a more reliable Air Display connection is to buy a new Apple Airport Extreme base station and throw your old Wi-Fi router away.

    (2) Move your router. If your router is a few rooms away, you'll probably have much better results by moving it closer to your computer or extending your Wi-Fi network with an additional Airport Express that's nearer to the computer.

    (3) Communicate over USB. We don't recommend this because it requires jailbreaking, but some of our users have reported success with this technique.

    Cheers,
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    thanks Dave!

    I was wondering if anyone else has any suggestions that are more portable (ie. if i wanted 2 use dual display at starbucks) -- aside from jailbreaking and using USB.

    and yes, i'm aware of using an ad-hoc network. again, this tends to be rather laggy

    Quote Originally Posted by Avatron View Post
    Hi. There are a couple of things that you can do to dramatically increase the performance of Air Display.

    (1) Upgrade to 5-GHz Wi-Fi. If you're running on an all-5GHz Wi-Fi network (802.11n) you'll have much much faster performance. The best thing you can do to have overall better browsing experience and better video streaming and of course a more reliable Air Display connection is to buy a new Apple Airport Extreme base station and throw your old Wi-Fi router away.

    (2) Move your router. If your router is a few rooms away, you'll probably have much better results by moving it closer to your computer or extending your Wi-Fi network with an additional Airport Express that's nearer to the computer.

    (3) Communicate over USB. We don't recommend this because it requires jailbreaking, but some of our users have reported success with this technique.

    Cheers,
    Dave at Avatron

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    Are you using the retina resolutions? Do you have the HiDPI setting checked? I have found that these make a big difference.

    There are many options to try before "throwing the old router away" as suggested in a previous post. Look at your wifi channel and if necessary choose one with less congestion.

    Depending on your router, you could have a antenna gain setting. Check what power you are using if you have that option.

    Post back and let us know what you find.
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