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    Digital Signage

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    I have been asked to look into getting a solution in the staff room where by staff can see a diary of the week digitally instead of having to write onto notice board all the time. Something like a 50" screen but I am unsure as to what software/hardware to run this from. Can be a networked option or just standalone.

    Any idea guys

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    Xibo is awesome, and the new (currently alpha) release is wonderfully quick. Testing it at the moment on a linux VM. Easy enough to use and manage, we've started doing this very thing ourselves with signage in certain areas. You can have different displays showing different things, overall themes, embed pretty much anything you want. And it's free, and works rather well on some older Atom miniITX machines we decommissioned this year.

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    My plus one for Xibo. The server side is great and I am just starting to test the very reasonably priced Android App for the remote screens!

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    Another +1 for xibo we used to use it for just main screens across the site but it seems to have taken off this year with the canteen using it for menus, english, geography and languages have just had screens fitted along with music having a tv so they have sound. All the departments have been shown how to use not had to help them since. On one occasion it was me going away to google something to work out how the teacher had managed to do something.

    We have it running on our internal facing webserver VM with the clients being HP supermicro pcs core 2 duo 2 GB ram. Though running out of these so will probs get some acer revo or similar. Connected to either 50" LG tvs or 27" philips LED screens they are beautiful i want to steal them and put them on my desk!

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    The Xibo Android app is working well for me too.

    No powerpoint support yet though?

    Much cheaper and easier than a pc based setup.
    Just bought 6 more TVs and HDMI sticks.

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    Many thanks guys for info. Has anyone got any info on Xibo and how to set it up/configure etc.

    Thanks

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    The info on the Xibo website is great (and covers all the issues I've ever encountered). Xibo - Digital Signage

    You can also set up the server side of it on an IIS server, if you're so inclined (we did this as we were retiring the old Linux host, but it's generally better on Linux).

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    We require the monitor in the staffroom and the office based staff to be able to update information on it, is this capable and also what PC/hardware would you recommend to hook up to the monitor. Is there any web based solutions also out there?

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    You can run Xibo over the web if you want to - as said the computer doesn't have to be powerful (we use atoms ala cheap little netbooks). You can set up Xibo how you like, make user accounts and have those accounts only able to change certain screens etc. It's very customisable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by box_l View Post
    The Xibo Android app is working well for me too.

    No powerpoint support yet though?

    Much cheaper and easier than a pc based setup.
    Just bought 6 more TVs and HDMI sticks.
    would you let me know what sticks you purchased and how much? Looking at doing the same.

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    SAMSUNG 32IN F5000 LED TV


    RIKOMAGIC QUAD CORE MK802IV - 8GB FLASH + BLUETOOTH (has HDMI scaling issues with this TV, not tested yet with the 50" ones yet, but works fine with some older 19" LG sets)
    Quite hard to get hold of in the UK, I had to get it from china.

    Point of View HDMI Smart TV Dongle with Wireless Keyboard : Media Adaptors : Maplin Electronics
    I think it's a re-branded MK802III

    This works great with the 32" TV

    BoX

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    Yes, but the school cannot purchase from amazon.

    boX

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    Quote Originally Posted by box_l View Post
    Yes, but the school cannot purchase from amazon.

    boX
    The School cant order from amazon but can from China??

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    Heh, no.

    A third party who also provided the TVs could.
    We have now ordered 6 of the Maplins point of view sticks.

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