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Can a Chrome stick or the Asus Chromebox do this? If not then what do you recommend?
Meanwhile, this is what we've used for all of our TVs.
Chrome OS seems to be a lot more stable too, especially in kiosk mode. And you can't beat $150!
Thanks for the post! I'm sure our community will be able to help you out!
That is an awesome price point.
Have you ran multiple zone on it yet?
Did you have to load the RiseV software to the box and was it difficult?
So yes, it can easily handle 3 zones without even trying that hard ;)
Once you have a good set of instructions, you can easily setup a Chromebox to run RV in kiosk mode in less than 10 minutes.
You may be able to find my amended version of RV's original Chromebox setup workflow out there in the forums, but RVs original, from which I based mine, was removed from RV's forums a good while ago. I don't know if they eventually put up a replacement for it.
But if you get to the point where you need assistance setting up your Chromeboxes, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll send you the amended instructions I created.
Thanks. That really changed the landscape for me. I am assuming that it can easily handle 1080p output?
I have incredible demand for installs and i am trying to expand as much as possible. Haveing a lower cost solution is great. Some of my screens are 46" & 50" and when I buy a bunch of those I can feel each $429. purchase. Ouch:-)
We have Asus Chromeboxes and they would have no problem running 3 zones @ FullHD. When it comes to pricing, you also should consider, in addition, buying Chrome device management license, which is $50/year or $150/life. So, the price may go up to $200-$300. Which is pretty steep for what you are getting, in my opinion. Today, we are considering Intel Compute Sticks (or other similar models) as an alternative to Chromeboxes, but I cannot give you more information about them at this point. They are relatively inexpensive, around $150, and run Windows 8.1, upgradeable to Windows 10.
Do you have a link or some experience in its benefit?
You can read more about that here: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1289314?hl=en
What I can say in short words, management license allows you setting all for your devices in the management console and then have all the settings pushed to your enrolled devices. It does not sound like much, but it really helps when you enrolling a new device. Also it allows you creating multiple groups with different settings etc.
Another key moment is updates. Google is pushing their updates regardless your opinion. With managed device you can hold those updates. That helps, because they may issue an update that is somewhat incompatible with RV; therefore, may give you much headache. Also, after updates, Chromebox wants to reboot that usually results in shut-off. Imagine you have to drive miles just to start the device. What if you have a ton of these?..
In addition, with management license, you can track the status of your device, capture screen and make sure nobody is messing with it or it is playing exactly what you want because online preview option does not always give you accurate representation of what is being played. For instance, you may have IMPACT font in your presentation and have it installed on your PC, but it is not on your Chromebox; therefore you get your font substituted with something else, this way knocking the entire composition out of balance :)
Hope it helps.
We tested some 'stick' options at first, but we have several WiFi domains here, and our network guys have set them up so they can't communicate with each other. (Despite pleading from us that it's ruining all of our WiFi educational tech for classrooms!) Additionally and especially, they purposely block several ports that most connected WiFi devices use.
So we had to abandon our WiFi dreams for the more practical wired network. Because of that we had to order the Chromebox rather than a WiFi only solution. So even the 'most wanted' Chrome stick that is coming soon (?) won't work for us, despite the cost savings, and the stick's easier installation and smaller form factor. Sigh.