Setting up for the first time

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Hello All,

I am going to be setting up TV's to use as ad screens in 11 different offices.  I plan on purchasing chromebits and then using rise vision with google slides or something like that to stream the ads to the TV's.

Any tips or suggestions?
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Hi Ryan,
Regarding Chromebits, I would recommend doing a search in the Community for the Chromebit search term and seeing/reaching out to those that have tried this with a similar setup.

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If you're doing public facing advertising I'd encourage you to use static images or pre-rendered videos instead of Google Slides. You'll have a tough time getting the slides to look the way you want full screen and many people have issues getting the slides to refresh more than once per day (search forum posts). 

Also, the Chromebits are a yet-to-be-proven Rise Vision platform. We use Chromeboxes and love them and have a Chromebit waiting to test. 
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Yeah the static images was likely the way I was looking to go - from reading documentation on the chrome bit it really shouldn't have any performance issues.....the supplier told me they should work no different than chrome boxes...

Just wanted to make sure that was the case before I spent the company's money :D
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We bought one Chromebit to test, and I have to say I like it so far. I think it plays anything I throw at it pretty well. I have one screen I like to put on displays to see how they do..

This is the webpage widget showing our lobby cam, the YouTube widget playing a playlist of animal videos, the webpage widget with a JS heavy NORSE live-attack map, a placeholder that rotates through 3 of our custom radar widgets, and a placeholder on the right that rotates through images and a "word of the day" widget we devised, all while scrolling our custom current conditions widget and/or RSS feed on the bottom. The Chromebit actually holds up, albeit the scrolling text the bottom does chug ;) The device gets really warm, but nothing too scary and it appears to hang in there. This presentation is way overkill for anything we'd ever do in the field - haha.

I think as far as displaying some static images, you'd be golden. For our personal use case, we like to have hard-wired connections. We are delivering weather and lightning data to places like public safety centers, so reliability is key. Given that the Chromebit is wireless, it's probably just going to be used in-house or for demos. The single USB is a little saddening, and by the time you add a hub and Ethernet port, you may as well buy the Chromebox. :)

All that said, it depends on your application and your needs. I think ours is working out very well as a little player.
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Thanks for your insight!  I think if I was going to be doing video or something a little more intense I'd consider a chrome box......but essentially we are displaying some static images of our services and will maybe only be scrolling through about 5-10....

Sounds like it should work out quite well!

Thanks again for all your info!