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How to connect your interactive whiteboard, projector and computer
Published Date : 08 Dec 2004   Last Updated : 21 Nov 2012   Content Ref: TEC324539  





Procedure

This document gives an overview of how an interactive whiteboard should be connected to the projector and computer.  For details of how to connect specific whiteboards, such as the RM ClassBoard™ or SMART Board, please see the links at the end of this article.


Cabling up the whiteboard and projector
  1. The projector is connected to the computer, so that the computer screen can be projected. 
    • Plug in the projector to the mains electricity supply, and connect the VGA cable from the projector to the computer.  Tighten the two screw-in connectors to secure the cable.
    • The VGA cable often has blue connectors on each end, and should plug into the blue monitor port on the back of the computer. Again, tighten the two screw-in connectors to secure the cable.
    • If the projector is ceiling mounted, then a cable will already run from the projector to a face plate or socket on the wall next to the whiteboard. In this situation you need to connect one end of the VGA cable to the connector on the wall socket marked 'computer' and the other end of the cable to the monitor port on the back of the computer.
  1. The interactive whiteboard is connected to the computer, so it can be used to control the computer cursor, by moving the pen or your finger (depending on the type of whiteboard) across the screen. 
    • Connect USB or serial cable provided to the board (usually bottom right hand corner).  You should only use one of these cables, either USB or serial.
    • Connect the other end of this cable to the back of your computer.
    • The RM ClassBoard requires a separate power cable plugged into an electrical socket, and into the board.  The SMART Board does not require a separate power supply.
  RM ClassBoard cables

  SMART Board cables

For details of how to connect up other equipment, such as a switch or splitter, please see the links at the end of this article.


When a faceplate is installed

You may have a faceplate or wall socket if RM have installed a fixed whiteboard and/or projector solution for you.  When a faceplate is installed, the cables from the whiteboard and projector are placed inside trunking and cabled straight into the back of the faceplate. You then just plug into the wall socket any other devices that are part of the solution, such as the computer, video/DVD player, audio amplifier etc.

Below are pictures of two example faceplates.  Please note that the positioning of the connections on faceplates may vary.


Cable connections for Figure 1 faceplate
Figure 1.  Example of a Faceplate
  Figure 1. Example of a Faceplate

This faceplate is often used when there is a USB connection between an RM ClassBoard and the PC.

VGA socket (HD 15 - 15 hole socket) - plug in the VGA cable which comes from the monitor socket on the PC or Splitter.

PC Audio socket - plug the audio cable from the PC headphone/lineout socket (often green) to here.

Video (yellow composite video) socket - plug a video or DVD player in here to project their display.

Audio L (left, white or black) and R (right, red) phono sockets - plug the audio cables from a video or DVD player in here.


Cable connections for Figure 2 faceplate
Figure 2.  Example of a Faceplate (from BITS)
  Figure 2. Example of a Faceplate (from BITS)

This faceplate is often used for a SMART Board (serial or USB connection to the computer), or when there is a serial connection between an RM ClassBoard and the PC.

PC L (left, black or white) and R (right, red) phono sockets - plug the audio cable from the PC headphone/lineout socket (often green) into these.

DATA socket (HD15 - 15 hole socket)- plug in the VGA cable which comes from the monitor socket on the PC or Splitter.

BOARD socket (DB 9 - 9 hole socket) - plug the serial cable from the PC in here to connect the PC to the whiteboard.  The board itself has already been hardwired into the back of the wall socket.

Audio L (left, black or white) and R (right, red) phono sockets  - plug the audio cables from a video or DVD player in here.

Video socket (yellow composite video) - plug a video or DVD player in here to project their display.


Cable connections for Figure 3 faceplate
Figure 3.  Example of a Faceplate
  Figure 3. Example of a Faceplate

This faceplate is often used for a SMART Board (serial or USB connection to the computer), or when there is a serial connection between an RM ClassBoard and the PC.

From left to right, as shown in image:

Data socket (HD15 - 15 hole socket) - plug in the VGA cable which comes from the monitor socket on the PC or Splitter.

Board socket (DB9 - 9 hole socket) plug the serial cable from the PC in here to connect the PC to the whiteboard.  The board itself has already been hardwired into the back of the wall socket.

Right (red) phono and Left (white, or black) phono sockets - plug the audio cable from the PC headphone/lineout socket (often green) into these.

Video socket (yellow composite video socket)- plug the video cable from a video or DVD player in here to project their display.


Cable connections for Figure 4 faceplate
Figure 4.  Example of a Faceplate
  Figure 4. Example of a Faceplate

This faceplate is often used when there is a USB connection between an RM ClassBoard and the PC.

Computer socket (HD 15 - 15 hole socket) - plug in the VGA cable which comes from the monitor socket on the PC or Splitter.

Video (yellow) socket - plug a video or DVD player in here to project their display.

PC Audio - If you are using the projector for sound, and have a '3.5mm stereo audio jack to 3.5mm stereo audio jack cable', plug the audio cable from the PC headphone/lineout socket (often green) into this PC Audio socket on the faceplate.

L (left, black) and R (right, red) phono sockets:

If you are using an amplifier:  plug your amp into the phono sockets on the faceplate, and plug the audio cable from the PC headphone/lineout socket (often green) and DVD/Video player into the back of the amp.

If you are using the projector for sound, and have a '3.5mm stereo audio jack to phono cable', plug the audio cable from the PC headphone/lineout socket (often green) into these phono sockets.


Schematic diagram of how the equipment is connected via a faceplate

Below is a schematic diagram of how the equipment for an interactive whiteboard solution is connected via a faceplate.

The diagram includes 3 different types of audio that may be part of your interactive whiteboard solution:

  1. Audio Type 1 - integral projector speakers
  2. Audio Type 2 - installation of amplifier and speakers on brackets
  3. Audio Type 3 - PC speakers

Details of how different manufacturers' audio solutions are cabled together may vary.  Please refer to the manufacturer's manual for details.

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Other Useful Articles

How to connect up a SMART Board 500 using a Serial Cable (DWN325835)
Getting started with your 500 series SMART Board (TEC273750)
Getting started with your RM ClassBoard (TEC269922)
How to connect a VGA switch box (TEC324855)
Projector display is fuzzy, streaky or the screen image is displaced (TEC333092)
500 Series SMART Board USB converter cables (NWS367494)
Audio feedback howl when connecting a notebook to a projector or amplifier (TEC1117644)

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