Signage for a school

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Hi,
I'm still using the search function to find answers for this, but I'm a little pressed for time.  Two days ago, I was informed that our school principal wanted to get 5 flat panel displays to show announcements at points throughout the school.  And we had to purchase them by today.  It looks like Rise Vision is the way to go, but I'm stuck on the device.
I was going to order a Chromebit, but it looks like Chrome is not supported now?  I thought I had heard of a lot of people using Chrome, so I was wondering if I was missing something, or if that had changed.

Basically, all we want to do is just show some running announcements, pictures, and maybe link to a video (maybe).  99% of the time it would be pictures and text.  I believe with Rise I can link each of the 5 displays to the same content, so when it is edited, it automatically pushes to all the devices, and they don't have to be reset or refreshed manually.

Sorry again for not being able to search more, but I have to make my decision today.  Please let me know what you think the best device would be!

Thanks!
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Lucas Kennard

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Lucas, you are right, Chrome is not supported anymore; although, many, including myself, still use these. They work, but for the sake of future-proof do not get them.

Yes, you can play same content on all 5 players simultaneously. You need to create a Schedule and assign Presentations and Players to it. After that, any revisions of the presentations assigned to that schedule will be automatically pushed to all the players also assigned to that schedule.

I am advocating for Windows players. This is the most stable and potent players available for Rise Vision IMO. They are also quite easy to setup, but because Windows OS is very robust, it takes a bit of time to get everything tuned-in... aprx. 1 hour without Windows installation.

For basic content Intel Compute Sticks will do (https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Compute-Computer-Processor-BOXSTK1AW32SC/dp/B01AZC4NHS/ref=sr_1_2?s=ele...), but keep in mind that these are little consumer grade devices; therefore, be prepared for occasional hiccups. At this moment we used 2 of them for building directories. One was rock solid from the beginning, the other one failed to connect to the TV after nightly reboot a couple of times. I have noticed similar issue with one more of them I use for testing. This is why we decided to not use them in the future.

The next step up is Intel NUC https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F83V46442&cm_re=intel_nuc-_-56-102-140-_-P...

Celeron will do just fine for you, but Pentium is better. Keep in mind that you also gonna have to buy RAM memory (4GB - $25), SSD (120GB - $50), and Windows OS (inexpensive OEM versions from here https://www.kinguin.net/catalogsearch/result/index/?q=windows).

You also can buy complete devices from the Rise Vision Store https://store.risevision.com/products/?cat=Media%20Players&cid=351094db-f6b7-40e4-8505-a09439f78...

Also, do yourself a favor and get them connected to the Ethernet. Do not trust WiFi for reliable content playback. Both NUCs and STICKs can be connected (STICKs need additional inexpensive hardware https://www.amazon.com/Unitek-Converter-ChromeBook-Microsoft-Ultrabooks/dp/B00EHDNAOE/ref=sr_1_1?s=p...)

More info:
https://risevision.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000860926-Displays
https://risevision.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
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Our school district is using Intel Compute sticks (running Windows 10). Similar to your situation, we mainly needed to display text & pictures. I found that linking & looping Google Slide presentations to each stick (or you could link one presentation to all sticks) has worked great. Our administrative staff & teachers simply have to edit the Google Slide presentation that I've created & shared with them in order to update the content on their signs. This has been a breeze since most of our staff are already familiar with Slides & required little to no training.