Network Setup

By following the steps in this tutorial, you will complete the initial setup of a digital signage network.

We have created a video playlist for our Network Setup Tutorial. It covers the same material as our online documentation, along with some advanced features.

These are the videos in the Network Setup playlist:

A loop policy is a collection of rules that allows the player to create its own playlist.

For more details about loop policies, see Loop Policies.

To create a loop policy:
  1. Select Loop Policies from among the resource tabs on the left.

  1. Select the Network Setup ribbon.
  2. Click on the Folder icon.
  3. Give the folder a name, e.g., “Network 1”.
  4. Click Finish.
  5. In the Network Setup ribbon, click on the Loop icon.

The Loop icon in the Network Setup ribbon

  1. In the Select a folder dialogue box, select a folder. In this example, we will use the Network 1 folder.
  2. Click OK. The Add Loop Policy Wizard opens.
  3. On the Welcome page, give the loop policy a descriptive name.
      • We recommend giving the loop policy a name that combines the frame in which it belongs, the length of the loop, and the duration of each slot. In this example, we will call the loop policy “Main – 5 min – 30 sec”.
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Policy Settings page, make the following changes:
      • Set the Maximum loop playing time to five minutes.
      • Set the Default loop slot duration to 30 seconds.

The Add Loop Policy Wizard - Policy Settings page

  1. Click Finish.

Criteria are key words that you can use to create flexible and scalable targeting for your network. You can assigne multiple criteria to each display unit or frame for efficient, error-free scheduling.

For more details about criteria and conditions, see Criteria and Conditions.

To add criteria:
  1. Select Criteria & Conditions from among the Resource Tabs on the left.
  2. In the Network Setup ribbon, click on the Folder icon.
  3. Give the folder a name, e.g., “Geographical”.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, naming the folders “Frame” and “Network Chain”.
      • In both the folder panel and list panel, you should have three folders: “Frame”, “Geographical” and “Network Chain”.
  5. Click on the Criteria or Condition icon.

The Criteria or Condition icon in the Network Setup ribbon

  1. In the Select a folder dialogue box, select “Geographical”.
  2. Click OK. The Add Criteria Wizard opens.
  3. On the Welcome page, give the criteria a descriptive name. In our example, we will use “New York” (but any geographical location will work).
  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Criteria Type page, select All.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. Repeat steps 5-11, creating criteria called “Paris” and “London”.
  8. Click on the Criteria icon.
  9. In the Select a folder dialogue box, select “Frame”.
  10. Add four criteria to the “Frame” folder, and name them “Main”, “Side”, “Ticker” and “Background”.
  11. In the “Network Chain” folder, add two criteria and name them “Retail” and “Restaurants”.

Display types profile the display characteristics of the screen hardware in use on the network. When you create a display unit, it must have a display type assigned to it. The display type indicates the maximum display resolution allowed by the hardware, as well as its orientation.

For more details about display types, see Display Types.

To add display types:
  1. Select Display Types from among the Resource Tabs on the left.
  2. In the Network Setup ribbon, click on the Display Type icon.

The Display Type icon in the Network Setup ribbon

  1. In the Select a Folder dialogue box, select “Display Types”.
  2. Click OK. The Add Display Type Wizard opens.
      • We recommend giving the display type a name that describes its dimensions. In this example, we will call the display type “1280X720”.
  3. Click Next.
  4. On the Specify Resolution page, enter the following information:
      • Width: 1280
      • Height: 720

The Add Display Type Wizard - Specify Resolution page

  1. Click Finish.
  2. Repeat Steps 2-7, creating a display type called “1920X1080”.

Player resources in the Broadsign Administrator represent PCs running the Broadsign Player. They communicate with the Broadsign Server in order to receive their scheduling information and display appropriate content.

Here, we document the manual method of registering a player. Users that like a hands-on approach will appreciate it.

We also provide an automatic method of registering a player. See Quick Start – Register a Player.

To obtain the MAC address of your player:
  1. Install the Broadsign Player on your machine.
  2. Run the player application.
  3. Under the Help menu, select the Diagnostics Report. The player runs the report.

Run the Broadsign Player Diagnostics Report

  1. In the Diagnostics Report, locate the Primary and Secondary MAC addresses.

Finding a player's MAC addresses on the diagnostics report

  1. Record the addresses, i.e. write them down, or copy and paste them to a notepad.
  2. Close the report.
To register your player:
  1. Return to the Broadsign Administrator.
  2. Select Registrations from among the Resource Tabs on the left.

  1. In the Network Setup ribbon, click on the Player icon.

The Player or Server icon in the Network Setup ribbon

  1. In the Select a Folder dialogue box, select Registrations.
  2. Click OK. The Add Registration Wizard dialogue box opens.
  3. On the Registration Type page, select “Player” as the registration type.
  4. Click Next. The Display Settings page opens. We will link a display unit to this player at a later time.
  5. Click Next. The Registration Name page opens.
  6. Enter an intuitive name for the player, e.g., “Player 1”.
  7. Click Next. The MAC Addresses page opens.
  8. Enter the Primary and Secondary MAC addresses you obtained above.

The Add Registration Wizard - MAC Addresses page

  1. Click Next. The Player Folder page opens. We will leave the player in the default folder.
  2. Click Next. The Configuration page opens. We will link the player to a configuration at a later time.
  3. Click Next. The Player Replacement page opens. As this is the first player we are registering, this page does not apply.
  4. Click Next. The Notes page opens. If you want, add a few comments about this player.
  5. Click Finish.

The Broadsign Administrator, through the server, will take a few minutes to validate the MAC addresses of your player. Once the player registers successfully, it will appear under Players among the resource tabs. Also, you will receive an email address confirmation.

Sample notification email for player registration

If you have waited more than ten minutes, please verify that you have entered in the correct MAC address, and that the player has an internet connection to the server.

If both are correct, please give it a little more time. If after two hours there is still an issue, contact Broadsign support so that we can assist you with the problem.

Broadsign uses the term “display unit” to refer to an individual screen on your network. Display units bring together several settings required for each screen.

For more general information about display units, see Display Units.

In this part of the Network Setup tutorial, we will cover the creation of a single display unit. For features like opening hours and frame layouts, see the Display Unit training video.

For information about advanced features like device control and network control, see Edit Display Unit Properties.

To add a display unit:
  1. Select Display Units from among the resource tabs on the left.
  2. In the Network Setup ribbon, click on the Folder icon.
  3. Give the folder a name. In this example, we will call it “Network 1”.
  4. Click Finish.
  5. In the Network Setup ribbon, click on the Display icon.

The Display Unit icon in the Network Setup ribbon

  1. The Select a folder dialogue box opens. Select your new folder.
  2. Click OK. The Add Display Unit Wizard opens.
  3. On the Welcome page, give the display unit a descriptive name. In our example, we will use “Location 1”.
  4. Click Next. The Display Unit Type page opens.
  5. Click Select. The Select Display Unit Type dialogue box opens.
  6. For this example, select “1280X720 – Landscape” (which we created in Add Display Types).
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Next. The Criteria Selection page opens.
      • The use of criteria is very important as it allows us to target large networks efficiently. By profiling each display unit location when we add it, we can use this information to target content to the screen in different ways.
  9. Expand the criteria folders labelled “Geographical” and “Network Chain”.
  10. As this screen is in London in a retail network, we will select “London” and “Retail”.

The Add Display Unit Wizard - Criteria Selection page

  1. Click Next. The Loop Policy page appears.
  2. Click Select. The Select Loop Policy dialogue box appears.
  3. Expand the loop policy folder labelled “Network 1”.
  4. Select the the loop policy “Main – 5 minutes – 30 seconds”.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Finish. The Campaign Retargeting pop-up appears.
      • The Campaign Retargeting pop-up appears as a default setting. It is a precaution that can prevent unwanted network-wide changes. You can configure this setting in the options menu. For more details, see Options – Campaigns & Events.
  7. As we are just setting up our network, it is safe to click Yes.

We now have our first display unit, which by default will run 24 – 7 all year, and will play in a full screen layout.

After you have completed the network setup tutorial, you can then move on to: