Our basic digital signage setup and mounting bracket for Intel Compute Stick

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Hello,

We just replaced two old illuminated building directories with our digital displays. Nothing really exciting there, but this time,considering our problems from the past installations, I decided to come up with some sort of bracket for all the equipment we sue.

These were not demanding building directories, so we decided to go with inexpensive and rather reliable Intel Compute Sticks: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Compute-Computer-Processor-BOXSTK1AW32SC/dp/B01AZC4NHS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478718080&sr=8-1&keywords=intel+compute+stick+2016.

We always try to get the ‘wired’ Internet connection whenever it is possible. Intel Compute Sticks were designed to work on Wi-Fi; therefore,there is no Ethernet cable port available. Moreover, with a spotty and weak Wi-Fi they are rather unreliable devices. To solve this problem we successfully used this USB/Ethernet adapter: https://www.amazon.com/Unitek-Converter-Connecter-Chromebook-Microsoft/dp/B00EHDNAOE/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1478717998&sr=8-6&keywords=unitek+usb+adapter.It is important to use USB2 port on the device to connect the adapter. DO NOT connect it to USB3 (blue) port as it will cause the Internet connection problems.

Most of our digital displays were installed in an enclosure of some sort, which created excessive heat and obstructed ventilation problems.We also believe that there were some device failures because of that. To address it, we decided to use basic USB fans: https://www.amazon.com/Coolerguys-Dual-80mm-Cooling-Fans/dp/B002NVC1DS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478717902&sr=8-2&keywords=80mm+double+usb+fan.

Also for a number of reasons we decided to use surge protector/breaker/USB power outlet: https://www.amazon.com/ORICO-Traveling-Protector-Charger-Samsung/dp/B00XHORWES/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478718022&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=oreco%2Bsurge%2Bprotector&th=1.We do not recommend using media player device, USB/Ethernet adapter or TV/Monitor to power the fans. Simply use surge protector’s USB power ports.

There is also one more thing to mention – the display. We really like Samsung Digital Signage TVs. They are descent quality, image quality is also very reasonable, and the most importantly they have Auto Power ON function. This really helps in power outage situations: https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-RM48D-48-Inch-1080p-Signage/dp/B00MTWTQL6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478719779&sr=8-1&keywords=samsung+digital+signage+tv.

So, all this is our basic digital signage setup.

As I mentioned, we had some installation problems in the past and for a number of them we can blame only ourselves. We learned the hard way that it is not a good idea to leave all that equipment hanging or tossed behind the display. For this reason, I decided to make some sort of block that could securely house all of our digital signage equipment. It is one very basic aluminum (0.06 in) piece with cutout openings for mounting and ventilation. It can be easily produced using some sort of metal cutting/routing machine and some mad metal bending skills ))). If you feel that it is something you could use, please feel free to download >>>EPS file<<< for production. Also, check out these pictures to get an idea and let me know if you have any questions or comments:















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Darius,

thanks for sharing, we have been using similar setup for the whole of 2016. But we had bad experience with first generation intel compute stick, with most of the device going dead/corrupt due to power issues. Currently we are using another brand of windows stick which seems to work fine. I like the aluminium casing idea. Will try to adopt that.

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Prakash
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Prakash,
Can you share which stick you are using vs. the Intel? thanks
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Hi tim,

We use meegopad T02. Though it's not supplied under same brand(http://gopconline.com) Mostick2, it's from same supplier/factory. The best feature is it can boot when power on without the need to press the power button on the stick. This comes in handy in case of any power failure and the stick sitting behind the screen. So far we have faced less than 5% fault with almost more than 50+ sticks actively running.

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Prakash 
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These look just like Intel Stick 1 gen. What's the difference? Also, every PC device can be set to 'autostart' in BIOS after power is supplied.
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing Darius!