developing digital signage for church

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We are new at all of this so please bear with me. We have a couple of Visio smart TVs that we'd like to use for digital signage. We were told that we'd need a media player which would connect to the tv and then to our network. Our office is using Windows 7. What would be best to and how would we set up a digital signage system. IF we buy a chromebox and media player would we need one for each tv? How would the content be played?  All confusing to me. Thanks
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Jack,

If these two displays are going to be in different locations (not a single presentation spread across two adjacent monitors), then yes.  You will need a media player for each TV.
Because the content (your presentation) is driven by the Rise Player software, you can purchase a new device to connect to the monitor or repurpose an existing Windows, Linux or Mac system.  More information can be found here: https://help.risevision.com/user/create-a-display (and the subsequent optimization guides).

There are more advanced configuration options as well: multi-display arrangements, video walls, etc.

Thanks,

Matthew
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Jack,

Yes. You would need a media player for each TV (whether it's a Chromebox or other device).

Have you taken a look at the preconfigured devices in the Rise Vision Store? There is a Windows device offered there. 

https://store.risevision.com/products/?cat=Media%20Players&cid=f114ad26-949d-44b4-87e9-8528afc76...

Thanks! 

Justin
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Justin, thanks for your reply. We just installed Google apps for non-profits (to use the calendar system) and did see the Chromebox being used for digital signage. Unfortunately I can't find anywhere a simple schematic on what a system might look like with all of the pieces in place. So, let me pick your knowledge.

Awhile back I looked at free digital signage and some of the free stuff was having our content on a host server and then pushed or pulled to our tv monitor by a media player. We tabled that for awhile because of the time involved to create the content.  Looking at the Chromebox and Risevison it seems it might be a bit easier for our staff to maintain. So the questions.

1. Is the Chromebox a media player as well as a computer to maintain the information being pushed to the TV display? If not must we have a Chromebox (or PC) dedicated to the media player? Must the computer be on during the time of displaying content or does the media player have the content?

2. Can I have 1 Chromebox pusing to 2 media players for 2 TV displays?

3. Someone mentioned that if the TV displays were side by side (which ares will be) then we might get away with 1 computer and 1 media player. (where might I find information on this setup?)

Like I said I may have been a systems analyst and computer programmer but never been in the hardware side of the house.

Thanks Justin for your patience and help.

Jack
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Jack,

1. Media player and computer are used to refer to the same thing in this context. If you went with the Chromeboxes, they would be a dedicated device that would only play the content from your presentation that you created in Rise Vision.

2. With the Chromeboxes,  you would need 1 Chromebox per TV. Each Chromebox would be setup as it's own display with it's own content on the Rise Vision site. (i.e. Left TV would be the content from one Chromebox, Right TV would be the content from the 2nd Chromebox).

3. As I mentioned in #2, if you went the Chromebox route, you would need one Chromebox per TV.

Justin 
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Thanks Justin.

Are Chromeboxes easier to maintain than the media boxes on your website? Pros/Cons?

Thanks

Jack
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Jack,

We do only support managed Chromeboxes, so this added cost may make them less attractive to some users. Managing a Chromebox through Google Management Console will allow you to keep Chrome 1 or 2 versions behind new releases. In the past, updates from Google (out of our control) have caused issue with Chromeboxes that updated to the new version immediately. We have users that use unmanaged Chromeboxes, but again, we can only support managed devices for the ability to set them to be 1 or 2 versions behind.

Justin
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Where to we buy the chromeboxes then if they are managed Justin?
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Jack,

Any Chromebox can be enrolled in Chrome management once you sign up for that service through Google. Here are a couple of links that might be helpful.

About Chrome Management: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/a...

Setting up a Chromebox for Rise Player (under the Chrome OS heading): https://help.risevision.com/user/crea...

If you decide to use another OS (Windows or Linux), the second link also provides the setup steps for those as well.

Justin
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Thanks Justin. Starting to understand this a bit more.  I was looking at Amazon at Asus Chromeboxes...ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U ,
ASUS CHROMEBOX-M075U Desktop Bundle with Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Deluxe with 4Gb Memory and  the ASUS CHROMEBOX-M107U . Im  sure there are others but what type of box would you recommend?
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Justin, Let me run through a scenario and perhaps you can offer suggestions.  Our office runs windows 7. It was my intent for our staff to create content from their computers and then put it on a cloud, or whatever service we may find, and then have it displayed on our Visio TV's some 100' or so from their location. Am I thinking correctly that if we purchase a media player and attach it to our internet and to the TV that the staff can create content at their computer and then have it displayed on the TV?  Thanks. Jack
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Hi Jack,

Yes - you are correct - but keep in mind that whatever they create on their computer still has to be uploaded to the cloud so that the media player can then download it and display it.
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Thanks to all of your for your assistance. Would a 2GB chromebox be adequate or should we be looking at a 4GB chromebox?  Thanks

jack
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Hi Jack,

It really depends on what you are planning to display.  The 4GB machine will work better for you if you are doing anything but basic images on the display.
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Thanks Ray. Any suggestions on models?  I think I am going to have to buy one to see if this will really work for our church.  Jack
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Hi Jack

Unfortunately we can’t make hardware recommendations. But this community is great for providing hardware recommendations. Can you make a new post here in our community and someone should be able to help you out. 

If you have any other questions let me know.

Thanks!
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Understand. Thanks
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No problem - have a good day!
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Keep in mind that if you just want to try it out for a bit, any old pc capable of running Linux or windows could be turned into a display PC.

You'll probably have a big annoying box nearby instead of a little unit strapped to the TV, but it's a good way to toy with the system.

This is likely a way to try things out 'free' and upgrade when you're ready.
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Ben, Good recommendation, thanks!
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Jack Orlandi

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Thanks Ben, we've been doing just that and the folks love it.
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Getting closer.  If we buy the ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop I would assume that it would be good advice to buy the wireless mouse/keyboard also? The ASUS unit would be connected behind the display which would be up on the wall high enough that we'd need to get a ladder to access the device.  Thanks.
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Hi Jack,

If the player is going to be tucked away I would suggest a wireless keyboard and mouse incase you need access to it later on. 

Thanks,
Shea
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Thanks Shea! Just as I thought!
Jack