ScreenBeam USB Transmitter

ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Wireless Display
ScreenBeam USB
Model # SBT100U
User Guide
rev. 1
Table of Contents
System Requirements
Getting to Know the Transmitter
Connecting to a Receiver
Loading the Software
Pairing the Transmitter
Selecting a Wireless Channel
Setting Wireless Display Preferences
Preferences Window
Windows Viewing Configuration
Updating Software and Firmware
Frequently Asked Questions
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Specifications and Technical Support
Technical Support
The ScreenBeam USB Transmitter (used in conjunction with a
ScreenBeam Series Wireless Display Receiver) wirelessly mirrors the
content on a Windows 7 or 8 computer to an HDTV monitor. With the
Transmitter, enjoy videos, photos, and movies on the best display
available, or share a laptop screen with a conference room projector. The
Transmitter supports up to 720p HD video, offering the convenience of
wireless technology without compromising the HD experience. And if the
computer being used does not support WiFi Miracast or Intel WiDi, the
Transmitter’s ScreenBeam Wireless Display software supports computers
running Windows 7 and 8.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Works with Windows 7 and 8 systems (see minimum system
Wirelessly streams movies, videos, photos, music, applications, etc.,
directly to an available HDTV monitor
Beams presentations, spreadsheets, and collaboration projects directly
to an HDTV monitor or projector
Directly connects with a ScreenBeam Receiver for better video quality;
does not interfere with existing Wi-Fi networks
Operates in 5Ghz frequency for optimal mirroring experience
Compatible with all models of ScreenBeam Receivers
No existing wireless network or line of sight connection required
System Requirements
Laptop or PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
Minimum system requirements (for web browsing, presentations, or
Processor: AMD® A6 or Intel® Gen 3 Core™ i3 equivalent processor
Memory: 2GB RAM or more
Hard disk space: 150MB or more
Miscellaneous: available USB port
Recommended system requirements(for video streaming):
Processor: AMD® A8 or Intel® Gen 3 Core™ i5 equivalent processor
Memory: 3 GB RAM or more
Getting to Know the Transmitter
The ScreenBeam USB Transmitter is used for non-Miracast or non-WiDi
The USB Transmitter has a single USB connection, used to connect to a
USB port on a Windows 7/8 laptop computer not running Miracast or
WiDi. To connect with ScreenBeam Receivers, install the ScreenBeam
Wireless Display software on the computer (see Loading the Software on
page 8).
Connecting to a Receiver
If the computer being used does not have Miracast or WiDi enabled, the
ScreenBeam Wireless Display software must be loaded onto the computer
connected the Transmitter, and then the Receiver must be paired to the
Transmitter. Make sure you have the following items handy:
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
ScreenBeam Wireless Display software CD
A compatible computer running Windows 7 or 8
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Loading the Software
To load the ScreenBeam software and connect the Transmitter to a
Insert the ScreenBeam CD into the CD drive of the computer.
An AutoPlay window appears. Click Run setup.exe, and then follow
the onscreen instructions.
If the AutoPlay screen does not appear, locate the CD-ROM folder,
then double-click setup.exe. If the computer does not have a CD/
DVD drive, go to to download the software.
A series of screens appears, detailing the steps to connect the
Receiver to an HDTV monitor. Click through them.
Connecting to a Receiver
When the screen shown below appears, insert the Transmitter into a
USB port on the computer. Click Next.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Click the button next to Yes, I want to restart my laptop/PC now, and
then click Finish.
The laptop/PC reboots. After it finishes rebooting, go on to the next
Connecting to a Receiver
Pairing the Transmitter
Before pairing the Transmitter, make sure the Receiver is connected to an
HDTV monitor and powered on, and the Transmitter is connected to a
computer. To pair the Transmitter:
After the computer reboots, double-click the ScreenBeam Wireless
Display icon on the desktop.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
The ScreenBeam Wireless Display screen appears. Click Add a
Note: If the ScreenBeam Wireless Display screen is not displayed after
the software is launched, locate it in the Notification Area. Click the
ScreenBeam Wireless Display icon to display the main screen.
Connecting to a Receiver
The Add a ScreenBeam Receiver screen appears. Select the appropriate
Receiver, then click Connect.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Note: A registration key may need to be entered before the Add a
ScreenBeam Receiver screen appears. The registration key is found in
the product packaging.
Connecting to a Receiver
A PIN (Personal Identification Number) appears on the HDTV
monitor connected to the Receiver. Enter the PIN in the Add a
ScreeBeam Receiver screen on the computer within 60 seconds, then
click Next.
The Receiver and Transmitter are now paired, and the computer’s screen
should be visible on the HDTV monitor.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Selecting a Wireless Channel
The ScreenBeam software provides wireless channel selection, which
allows the use of a specific channel (5GHz band) its for wireless
connection. To select a wireless channel:
Start the ScreenBeam Wireless Display software, then click Add a
receiver from the main screen.
The Add a ScreenBeam Receiver window appears. Select a channel
from the Channel drop-down menu.
Note: When selecting a wireless channel, “Auto” is the
recommended choice. This setting allows the software to
automatically select the clearest channel available.
Select the appropriate Receiver, then click Connect. The selected
channel will be used.
Note: This channel is used for adding a new Receiver.
Connecting to a Receiver
Using Preferences
You can also define a wireless channel from the Preferences window. To
select a wireless channel:
Make sure the computer is disconnected from the Receiver, then
open the ScreenBeam Wireless Display’s Preferences window.
Select the desired channel from the Wireless Channel list, then click
Reconnect the computer to the Receiver. The selected channel will
be used.
Note: The wireless channel configuration in the Preferences window
is used for persistence connection. Generally, “Auto” is
Setting Wireless Display
This chapter details how to adjust the Transmitter’s wireless display
options. Most of these settings reside in the ScreenBeam Wireless Display
Preferences window.
Preferences Window
To open the ScreenBeam Wireless Display Preferences window, right-click
the ScreenBeam icon from the Notification Area of the computer’s
desktop. When the ScreenBeam options menu appears, click Preferences.
Note: Changing these preferences affects computers running Windows
7/8/8.1 only.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Select the language used by the ScreenBeam Wireless Display software.
Wireless Channel
The wireless channel on which the Receivers operate can be changed here.
Auto is recommended; this setting automatically selects the clearest
channel available.
Display Content
Display Content allows Receivers to be configured for an optimal viewing
experience on the HDTV. By default, Video Playback is selected for
better video display. Select Presentation/Slideshow for a better still image
Adjust Screen Size
Adjusting this slider changes the size of the picture on the HDTV
monitor. This is useful if the picture on the HDTV screen is
overscanned–that is, the picture looks too big to fit on the screen. If this
occurs, adjust the slider until the entire picture appears on the HDTV
Enable Push Button Pairing
Activating this option allows devices or computers to connect with a
Receiver without having to enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN).
Wireless Display Preferences
Enable Low Resolution Mode
Activating this option transmits a lower resolution picture to the HDTV
monitor, which can be useful when viewing video content (movies,
television shows, etc.).
Start ScreenBeam on Windows Startup
Activating this option causes the ScreenBeam Wireless Display software
to start up anytime the laptop/PC is turned on or rebooted.
Restore Defaults
Click Restore defaults to reset all settings in the Preferences window to
their factory default settings.
Product Registration
Click Product Registration to display the Product Registration window.
Enter the correct information and click OK.
Note: The registration key can be found in the product packaging.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Windows Viewing Configuration
There are two options here: Mirroring and Extended Desktop.
By default, ScreenBeam mirrors the screen from the computer on the
HDTV monitor.
Extended Desktop
ScreenBeam can be used withWindows Extended Desktop mode on the
computer, which creates a single desktop that stretches across both the
computer screen and the HDTV monitor. To use Extended Desktop,
toggle the display output type on the Windows 7/8 computer.
Additionally, a hot key can be used, or the setting can be manually
configured from the system’s Display settings. Refer to your computer
user guide for more information.
Updating Software and
This chapter shows how to upgrade the ScreenBeam Wireless Display
software and the Receiver’s firmware when using the ScreenBeam USB
Transmitter with a Windows 7/8 computer.
Note: Updating Receiver’s firmware through the ScreenBeam Wireless
Display software does not support ScreenBeam Pro Education Edition 2
and ScreenBeam Pro Business Edition. Refer to their respective user
manuals for more information.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Follow the procedure below to update the Receiver’s firmware and the
ScreenBeam Wireless Display software:
1. Make sure that ScreenBeam Wireless Display software is
disconnected from the Receiver. Then, right-click a Receiver’s profile
from the ScreenBeam Wireless Display window and select Check for
Note: Performing a software update may cause the ScreenBeam Wireless
Display application to restart. If this occurs, relaunch the ScreenBeam
Wireless Display application after the update is completed.
Updating Software and Firmware
2. Another window appears, checking for available updates.
When the check is complete, it will indicate whether an update is
available. If one is available, click Update now.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
The Receiver’s firmware update is performed first. Do not power off
the Receiver during the update.
The firmware is downloaded and transferred to the Receiver. Do not
power off the Receiver or remove the Transmitter during this
Once the firmware transfer is complete, the Receiver reboots. If there
are more updates available for the ScreenBeam Wireless Display
application, click Next.
Updating Firmware and Software
The ScreenBeam Wireless Display application update downloads the
upgrade installation files.
When the download is complete, click Update and follow the
onscreen instructions to upgrade the ScreenBeam Wireless Display
Updating Firmware and Software
The ScreenBeam Wireless Display application has been updated, as well
as the Receiver’s firmware.
Frequently Asked Questions
This chapter lists a series of frequently asked questions concerning the
operation of the ScreenBeam components.
Note: Go to to access any FAQs
created or updated after the publication date of this manual.
I’ve inserted the software CD into the CD-ROM drive, but it doesn’t
install. What should I do?
In Windows Explorer, browse to the CD-ROM drive (e.g., D:), then locate
and double-click the Setup.exe file.
My laptop computer does not have a CD-ROM drive. How can I
install the ScreenBeam Wireless Display software?
If your computer doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, go to the following link:
You will need information from the sticker on the bottom of the Receiver.
Once you have entered the information, download the software as
indicated on the web page.
The ScreenBeam Wireless Display software can’t launch– it says it
can’t find a USB Transmitter. How can I solve this?
First, if the display software doesn’t launch, wait about a minute before
trying anything else. Then, unplug and plug the Transmitter back in, and
try launching the display software again. If that doesn’t work, open the
Windows Device Manager and make sure the ScreenBeam Transmitter is
NOT disabled (locate it under Network).
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
Should I be concerned if Windows’ firewall or anti-virus software
warns that ScreenBeam is trying to open a port?
ScreenBeam requires Windows to temporarily open a port to stream
content to the TV. Click Allow when the message appears. Some antivirus software settings can be more restrictive than others, and you may
not get a notification at all. If you are using anti-virus software and
ScreenBeam is not operating properly, you may need to temporarily
disable the anti-virus software, and re-enable it after using ScreenBeam. If
the problem persists, consult your anti-virus user guide to configure the
proper settings for ScreenBeam.
I cannot detect the Receiver from my laptop computer using the
ScreenBeam Wireless Display software. What’s wrong?
First, make sure the Transmitter is connected to the USB port. Then,
select Add a receiver and try again.
My laptop/PC displays the following message: “Color scheme has
been changed.” Is this a problem?
No. Select Keep the current color scheme and don’t show this message
ScreenBeam receiver displays a screen that seems to be larger
than my TV can handle. How can I fix this?
Right-click the ScreenBeam icon in Windows’ Notification Area at the
bottom right of the desktop. A menu will appear. From the menu, select
Preferences, then adjust the screen size.
Why is my laptop/PC’s audio muted once I connect to ScreenBeam
It is muted because the audio is now being broadcast through the TV.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I experiencing stuttering video and out-of-sync audio?
If this occurs, make sure your system meets the recommended
requirements for optimal video playback experience. You can also place
the ScreenBeam Receiver in an open space and try again. If running your
laptop on battery, make sure its power settings are configured for
“Maximum Performance” or plug-in your laptop’s power cable.
My video quality is poor, or I’m seeing a mosaic display on my
HDTV. What should I do?
First, make sure the laptop/PC meets the recommended system
requirements. If you’re seeing constant mosaic picture/video display,
disconnect and then reconnect the ScreenBeam components.
When viewing video, sometimes I see a horizontal line appears
across the screen. What should I do?
This may occur when you use Windows Media Player to play video. You
may try another video/media player application to resolve this issue.
How can I update my ScreenBeam Wireless Display software?
Open the ScreenBeam Wireless Display application. Right-click the
ScreenBeam Receiver you’ve previously connected to and select Check
for updates… Make sure the laptop/PC is connected to the Internet.
Why am I unable to play a DVD or Blu-ray disc when connected to
a ScreenBeam receiver?
Currently, ScreenBeam USB Transmitter and Wireless Display software
do not support streaming of protected content such as DVD/Blu-ray
movies, TV shows, etc.
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
What should I do if the ScreenBeam Wireless Display software
cannot connect or pair with a Receiver?
Reboot the laptop and power cycle the Receiver. Also, try selecting a
different wireless channel before connecting. To do this, from the Add a
Receiver screen, click the wireless channel drop-down menu, then select a
different wireless channel.
Specifications and Technical
Model Number
Software and USB Transmitter
Minimum System Requirements
AMD® A6 or Intel® Gen 3 Core™ i3 equivalent processor
2GB of RAM
150MB of hard disk space
Available USB port
Recommended System Requirements
AMD® A8 or Intel® Gen 3 Core™ i5 equivalent processor or faster
3GB of RAM or higher
Wireless display
Extended desktop mode
ScreenBeam USB Transmitter
OS Supported
Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 (32/64-Bit)
Video Output (from USB Transmitter)
Up to 720p display resolution1
1280 x 720 (Windows 7)
1280 x 768 (Windows 8)
Audio Output (from USB Transmitter)
Stereo audio
FCC part 15, IC, UL
Operating Temperature
0º C to 40º C (32ºF to 104ºF)
Storage Temperature
0ºC to 70ºC (32ºF to 158ºF)
Operating Humidity
10% to 85% non-condensing
Storage Humidity
5% to 90% non-condensing
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Technical Support
If you need technical assistance, contact Actiontec’s Technical Support
Department through the following:
Phone (USA)
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