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    or - use mediaCLOUD - I believe there is an Android client, so the OP could use an android box or tablet to run the screen.. or an iPad, or a mini-PC or a Mac..

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    Well in that case, if you're handy with a drill you'll be fine.

    You dont necessarily need fancy software. You can always use Powerpoint or whatever. All it will be is a PC outputting through a TV. All flat TV's nowadays have computer inputs. If you're only doing one screen you need...

    A TV wall/ceiling mounting bracket - Go to www.cpc.farnell.com

    A TV with an HDMI input - (HDMI does picture and sound)

    A PC/Netbox/Whatever with an HDMI output - GET YOUR TECHIES AT THE SCHOOL
    TO BUILD YOU ONE

    An HDMI cable

    Thats it!! Bolt it all to the wall and you're away.
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    Wow, some great feedback and advice on here, I now have quite a bit to think about, especially as it looks like my original idea maybe more difficult than the other solutions.

    I am now thinking 2 displays, I am not too sure about web-based sinage, only because the techie might moan about bandwidth and security. And if im honest I would love to be able to update the sinage wirelessly. - will continue to think

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodwyer View Post
    Wow, some great feedback and advice on here, I now have quite a bit to think about, especially as it looks like my original idea maybe more difficult than the other solutions.

    I am now thinking 2 displays, I am not too sure about web-based sinage, only because the techie might moan about bandwidth and security. And if im honest I would love to be able to update the sinage wirelessly. - will continue to think
    You can get hosted Xibo - for 60pa . This will only use as much bandwidth as the powerpoints you upload as it references all files locally. So once dowloaded to the client they never need to be downloaded again.

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    Definitely agree with the others that you're making this harder for yourself by wanting to run it from Android.

    If it is basic PowerPoint you want to use, just get a little Netbook and hook it up to a modern TV which has a DVI/HDMI/VGA input.

    If you want something a little more flexible, you could look at something like what we have from ONELAN Digital Signage // Digital Signage Specialists, manufacturing Digital Signage Media Players, Complete Solution, Linux Based, Multi-zoned, Multi-media, Live TV, Transparency This comprises a screen and a dedicated host PC / server. The server is accessible via a web interface (could possibly be made available remotely, I haven't had cause to try) so you can update it from anywhere. You can also run multiple screens off it, connected either directly via VGA or via VGA-to-Ethernet converters so you could be running the same presentation in the Library and the Dining Hall.

    There are others which come all-in-one rather than a separate screen and server, however we liked the fact that if the screen gets smashed, we just stick a new screen on it for a few hundred quid, rather than having to replace the whole 2k system.

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    MrOdywer, for 2 screens you need this (transmitter)...

    4 Port VGA and Audio over Cat 5 Video Extender | StarTech.com

    and this (receiver)...

    VGA Video Extender over Cat 5 Remote Receiver with Audio | StarTech.com

    Its sends video and audio over network cable - your techies can make up a long lead for you or you can use your existing network sockets if you've got on near your screen.

    You can place your source PC pretty much anywhere on your premises and send the video and sound down through the network sockets in your rooms.

    This model will do about 300m but you can extend this with an amplifier made by the same people.

    Obviously the same thing will be displayed on both screens. If you want different images shown on each screen, you need 2 PC's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikkydoos View Post
    You can place your source PC pretty much anywhere on your premises and send the video and sound down through the network sockets in your rooms.
    Note it only runs over Cat5; if you have any buildings which are connected via fibre, then it will not work to serve them.

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    This is true. Well noted
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