Ok I kind of have this figured out on Samsung and iPhone devices.
Samsung is pretty straight forward and doesn't use hotspot at all. Here are your steps:
- On you Carnivals screen select "Mirroring"
- Next select "Andriod" for your device
- The next screen you will see is a screen displaying the Device ID and a list of available devices.
- Next you want to get your Samsung device and select "Smart View" - This app is located in several places but mine is located in the extended pull down menu. If you pull down from the top of your screen once you will get a preview button grid that has the flashlight, WiFi, and Bluetooth buttons. You will also notice a small grey dash "-" at below those icons. You want to pull down from the dash "-" to display the remaining buttons.
- The Smart View app will list all of the devices that are available to cast to. You want to find the Device ID from Step 3.
- Once selected your phone will now be mirrored to the device. One thing to note is you must rotate your phone or orient your phone to landscape in order for anything to show in full screen. Also another side note is the passenger will now be able to control your phone via the Carnivals touch screen so yeah the kids may come across some things in your phone you may not want them to see.
- You cannot connect more than on screen to the phone at a time so if you want to show the same information on the second screen you must "Screen Share" from that screen.
Of course this is not as straight forward as it is with Andriod because its Apple and why would they make life easy. Also I have tried multiple ways and cannot seem to get any of the streaming services to actually stream. The only one that worked was YouTube Kids. You can go to the apps but the content will not stream and from my research this is has something to do with Apples blocking streaming to none Apple devices. I think they consider it a safety feature but I am pretty sure they just want to keep you in the Apple Ecosystem. If those are apps that you want to stream your only option is the HDMI option that I will cover last.
Note: AirPlay had a ridiculous amount of lag and would even timeout on YouTube Kids but played Instagram videos perfectly.
- Turn on your phones hotspot and connect your screens. In order for Airplay to work the devices must be connected to the same network.
- Once select "Mirroring" on your Carnivals screen
- Select IOS - The screen will prompt you to connect your devices to the same network. If you did this in the first step then you are fine to proceed.
- Take note of the Device ID that is displayed on your Carnivals screen
- Next Open AirPlay on your phone and select the Device ID from the previous step.
- Once connected the same rules from above apply. You are good to go.
- For me this is the best option for someone that is not super tech savy and allows you to connect other HDMI devices. You can purchase the Apple Lightning (or type C) to HDMI adapter for your iPhone or the Type C to HDMI for your Andriod phone. Now you have two options:
Option 1: Connect the HDMI end to one screen and select "Screen Share" from the other screen to display your device to both.
Option 2 (more expensive but more expandable):
- Purchase a 1 in 2 out HDMI splitter from Amazon (link to the one I have) along with 2 HDMI Cables (link).
- You will need to connect the splitter to you 120v outlet in your Carnival for this along with selecting "HDMI" on your Carnival screens.
- Once the splitters power is connected you can connect your HDMI cables to splitter using the HDMI out ports then connect the other end to your screens' HDMI port.
- Last but not least you can now connect your phones adapters (Apple Lightning to HDMI; Type C to HDMI) to the splitter. There are red lights on the splitter next to the HDMI ports that let you know if your devices are connected.
- Everything should work flawlessly from that point on and now you will be able to hook up anything with a HDMI output (Xbox, Nintendo Switch, etc...).
I will warn you ahead of time that these screens have some weird display settings if you haven't noticed. The resolution drops when you screen share and it will do the same when you connect the HDMI ports. They seem to only display in 720i which is a real shame but young kids wont know the difference. There will also be some latency that the kids will notice when playing games due to the splitter having to duplicate the image but its not a huge deal.
I was considering making a YouTube video showing how to do this along with the iPhone steps but I am not sure if there is a demand for such a thing. If you all would like that let me know and I will through together 3 options for Mirroring or Casting your screens (IOS, Andriod, & HDMI).