This article will discuss the advantages of using a multi-touch display for digital signage and walk you through how to set up ScreenCloud using a Philips display. For a more detailed explanation, follow Philips User Manual (English) here.
Table of Contents:
Please note: This tutorial is suited only for the following models:
T-Line Multi-Touch- Professional Display (Android 9.0)
Muti-Touch Display (Android 7.1.2)
Section I: Introduction
Philips Multi-Touch Displays are an Android-powered professional display that are very versatile and can accommodate your digital signage needs. Because of its various features such as a built-camera, mic, speaker, and touchscreen capabilities, this display is suitable for retail stores, football analytics, wayfinding kiosks, or even video conference rooms. Its Android operating system gives you the ability to install web apps to tailor your digital signage to your liking.
This display has a special built-in scheduler that allows you to display certain content at specific times in the day, allowing users to directly market content depending on what the audience may be looking for during those hours. This can be very beneficial for cafes and restaurants displaying certain menu items, for example, displaying more breakfast items before noon.
Although this display runs an Android SOC, we recommend purchasing an external media player for two reasons. First being, so apps can receive firmware updates otherwise you will have to continually reinstall the latest APK file. Secondly, you will have more control over the device as you will have the full Android player with the benefits that the Philips touch display provides.
The devices we recommend if you prefer to stick with Android, is the Geniatech APC395X or an Ugoos AM6 (more power). If you prefer and Chrome OS operating system we recommend a cheap Intel Nuc Celeron. If you would like to use Windows, we recommend the Access 3, and for more power the Azulle Byte 3. For more information on the minimum requirements for using our app, check out this article here.
Section II: Sideloading the ScreenCloud APK File with an external USB Stick or SD Card
1.1. Prepare a USB stick or SD card.
1.2. Open a browser and search https://release.screen.cloud/
1.3. Download the second link that says "Android (arm)" onto either a USB stick or SD card.
1.4. Next, insert the SD card (4) or USB stick (2) into the designated slots.
Section III: Installing ScreenCloud
2.1. Unpack your display and attach the provided stand on the back of the display and then insert the power supply. For instructions follow the "Start-Up" guide provided in the display.
2.2. After your display turns on, you will be presented with the Philips start menu. To start setting up your device you must first enter "Admin Mode" by pressing the "Menu button once and then press the Volume down button (not at the same time)" on the back of the display.
1 Menu: To activate the OSD menu.
2 Volume +/-: Volume up and down.
3 Input: Select the input source.
2.2.1 Check the diagram below for more combination codes:
2.3. You will be prompted to enter a password. The default password is "1234". You will be presented with this screen:
Note: To change the password for to "Settings" > "Signage Display" > "System Tools" > "Change Administrative Password".
2.4. Next, select the "storage" option and then select one of the storage options to download the ScreenCloud APK file.
2.5. To configure your display to Boot ScreenClouds app on startup:
Go back to the main menu, then select "Settings" > "Signage Display" > "Source Setting" > "Custom app".
2.6. Click, "Select app" and select the ScreenCloud app and then click "Save". Then turn off and on the display to boot up ScreenCloud.
Note: If the source of the display APK is not set, the Philips display will show a black screen when switching the input source.
2.7. To configure your WIFI:
Go to the wireless network settings by selecting “Settings” > “Wi-Fi”. On the available network list, select an AP (Access Point) on an existing wireless network.
Note: When Wi-Fi is enabled, Ethernet will be disabled automatically.
If you have any additional questions on how to set up your Philips Multi-Touch display with ScreenCloud, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.