Once you have your Android TV Digital Signage, you are probably keen to get it all set up and running. This article covers the basics of getting your digital signs set up. It doesn’t go into case-specific detail, but if you are wondering how tricky it is to set up your digital signs, then this article should illuminate you a little.
The Brief Method For Turning it On
You first need to connect your Android device. You will need an Android-based TV device, or a TV box that uses Android 5.1 or higher. You are going to need around 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM if you want the system to run smoothly.
You then download the Kitcast app. This is connected to your digital sign. You can launch the Amazon app store, or Google Play and download the Kitcast app from there if you can’t get onto the Kitcast website using your device. Set up the software and connect your screen. There is no limit to how many digital signs you may add.
Decide upon what and which content you will be using and set the system going. You can schedule content, you can have content on repeat, and you can show a static image if you wish. What you choose to show and how you show it off is all up to you. The software puts you in full control.
Setting Up The Android Box
Getting your content to run and getting it up on your digital signs is not as difficult as it seems. Much of what is available today is plug and play. This means you don’t need to worry about technical installations or syncing issues. Most of the hard work is done automatically.
There are many ways to run digital signs, including connecting them to the internet and running YouTube videos. Many people choose to use a media player that attaches to the digital sign or signs. If you opt for an Android media player, then you will receive a box, an aerial, a HDMI wire and a plug with a wire.
You put the aerial into the box. It will probably have to be screwed into its socket, or it may be a plug that you push the aerial in to. You then put HDMI cable into the black Android box, and the other end goes into your TV set or digital sign. Plug the power cable into the black box, and then plug the actual plug into the socket and turn it on.
The device will turn on as soon as it receives power from the socket. A light will appear on the front to let you know that it is receiving power. If the device doesn’t show that it is turned on, then look for a small black power button near USB ports. Press that and it should turn on. Turn on your TV, and it should show that the digital sign is active.
Connecting the Android Media Player to the Internet
You can connect your Android device to the internet through an Ethernet wire or through your Wi-Fi network. It is probably best if you connect via an Ethernet cable because it is more reliable and may help stop interruptions if your Wi-Fi is being overused by other people in your local area.
Plus, setting up with the Ethernet cable takes the least amount of work and comes with the most reliable internet connection. For this, you plug your Ethernet cable into the player (not the digital sign) and you plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into your modem. This is exactly the same as if you were connecting your PC to your modem using an Ethernet cable.
The other method is to connect your digital Android player to the internet using a Wi-Fi connection. If you buy an Android device, then it will probably pre-load your Wi-Fi information into its systems. It will do this for all the Wi-Fi internet connections it finds around the local area. If your Android media player doesn’t load your internet information automatically, then you will have to use a mouse and keyboard and run through it manually using your digital sign/TV to see what you are doing.
There are USB ports around the back of the Android media player, so you will be able to plug in your keyboard and mouse. Or perhaps buy a wireless keyboard that has a track pad in it, and then plug the wireless receiver into the back of your Android player.
If you are doing it manually, then set up as much as you can using what you see on the screen and get to an area where you can see the settings. In almost all cases, this is represented as a cog icon. When you get into your settings, find the option for “Wi-Fi.” This will show you all the available networks you can connect to. Pick yours, and then you will probably have to enter your Wi-Fi password. When you connect, it will say you are connected and then show a Wi-Fi symbol at the top right of the screen. If you re-load your sign app when it is connected, then you should be able to use it.
Loading Your Digital Sign App
Let’s say you go for something like KitCast. In that case, you will need to use the internet on the Android player to find the Kitcast website or the Google Play store. You may then download the app. It works very similar to the way it works with your Android Smartphone. Once you have downloaded the app, it installs itself and then you can click the icon to start using it on your digital sign or TV.
If it does not work right away, it may mean you need to sign into the app. This is done the same way as if you were signing into the website or the app on your PC. You enter your username and password, and this will wake up the digital sign. This is not something that you have to do every day, just like you do not have to sign into your TV’s internet every day.
Adding the app to your player and digital sign also adds all of its functions, but you do not need to use them all. The app on your digital sign means that information, data and video content can be streamed to the digital sign or loaded into the digital player. If you want to use things like the content creation tools or the content scheduler, then download the app onto your PC or laptop and use it from there.