Wired and Wireless Digital Signage Solutions

Wired and Wireless Digital Signage Solutions

Finding a Digital Signage Solution

Digital signage is all around us and is great for getting specific information right to the people that need it. For example, you can use a TV in a store to show off sale prices, or use it in a business to notify employees about events or other useful information. Digital signage has hundreds of very useful applications.

SignagePro Digital Signage Solution over IP w/ 4 GB Flash Storage

SignagePro Digital Signage Solution over IP w/ 4 GB Flash Storage


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Some of the benefits of using digital signage are the ability to adjust the displayed information easily, to be able to show text information or full videos, to remotely manage all of your displayed information from a single central location.

One of the best solutions that we've seen come along is the SmartAVI SignagePro boxes. These are an all-in-one solution that gives you incredible control over your digital signage systems. You simply connect a SignagePro box to each of your displays and connect those boxes to your network.

The SignagePro comes with either 4GB or 8GB of internal storage to store all of the media you need to display. They can also be expanded using a 2.5" SATA HDD. Another great thing is that they are completely standalone and do not a computer to actively control it. Since the SignagePro units are network based you can manage all of your signage equipment from a single computer on your network. If you were to set them up on a WAN you could even manage signage equipment in other cities or even countries from that same computer.

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The SignangePro from SmartAVI supports a wide range of media types so you can continue to use your favorite software for your media creation. The SignagePro accepts:

Video (MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV) 
Flash (SWF) 
Still Images (JPEG, GIF) 
Web Pages (URL) 
PowerPoint (PPT) 
Audio (MP3, WMA) 
News (RSS)

If you're looking for a simple, yet complete, solution the SmartAVI SignagePro system is the best digital signage solution available.

If your situation requires something other than these stand alone digital signage boxes there are other good ways to do it.

For many signage applications, these setups can be less than ideal, but they may be a great solution in some cases. For example, let's say you've got all of the video you want to display on DVDs or blurays and you just want to distribute it to lots of TVs. For this type of scenario you would want to use a standard DVD or bluray player to be your video source. You would then take the HDMI output of that player and distribute it around to all of your displays. For this situation you would want to use an HDMI matrix. The great thing about a matrix is you can have several HDMI sources and you can send them to your displays in any combination.

For a smaller setup I would recommend using the Atlona 4x4 HDMI Matrix Switch. This switch will accept up to 4 sources and display it on 4 HDMI compatible displays. This can allow you to show any combination of those 4 sources onto the 4 displays allowing you to have great flexibility when using HDMI sources. You can even set up one or more of those HDMI sources to be a computer by using a computer with an HDMI output or a DVI output with a DVI to HDMI cable. We also have larger HDMI matrixes that can be used in larger setups.

If you have any questions about your particular digital signage needs contact our Technical Support team and we'll figure out the best solution for you. Email us at support@sewelldirect.com or call us at 801-356-3823.


Wireless Digital Signage Solution, up to 5 Screens starting at $675

Gefen's latest rendition of wireless HDMI using 802.11n 5 GHz uncompressed radio technology opens up new doors for wireless video distribution. The new GTV-WHDMI along with some extra receivers can create a wireless digital signage network of multiple mirrored screens. The kit itself with one transmitter and one receiver goes right now for $674.95.

It uses 802.11n, a similar technology to wireless networks, only on a different frequency band: 5 GHz instead of 2.4 GHz. This is good if most of the devices in your immediate area are within the 2.4 GHz band (like wireless routers, wireless device servers, remote controls; luckily most of these are usually made in the 2.4 GHz band).

Using this radio technology makes it easy to broadcast a circle-pattern signal with a radius of 100 feet in open spaces. Also, unlike the UWB (ultra wide bandwidth) predecessor, it travels through multiple walls while preserving a perfect image and sound quality, and makes it look easy. Within this 100 ft radius circle, it can communicate with up to 5 other receivers simultaneously, creating an easy-to-manage and extremely easy-to-install 1080p/30 fps (or 1080i/60 fps) digital signage network without wires. All that's required in order to set up is to plug the sender and receivers into wall sockets and into the source/displays they sit near.

There are two main drawbacks to Broadcast mode (this is a mode that is switched on and off on the rear of the units). When broadcasting to multiple receivers, it does not support HDCP. In Unicast mode (one transmitter to one receiver mode), HDCP is supported. This means that broadcast mode is recommended for applications that include a DVI source, like a computer connected to the wireless HDMI system via DVI-HDMI cable, where HDCP is not an issue. The other main drawback is that you are limited to just mirroring one video source on many displays. In order to route different video feeds from different sources to different displays at different times, you're going to need a different system, say, one that includes a matrix switch. However, this solution is perfect, simple and relatively inexpensive for someone wanting to run multiple digital signs from a single computer source on multiple HD screens with the same video running on each.

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