Using BrightAuthor, you can setup the HD210 or HD1010 to download updates from a folder on any web server. This can be a web server on your local network or a remote one on the internet. While you don't have access to the status and management features that are available with a Brightsign Network Account, you can use any web server for updates. The process for updating, explained in more detail below, is very simple: 1
- First, Create a Setup Disk using BrightAuhtor under Tools - > Setup A Unit.
- Then, Startup the Brightsign with the Setup Disk
- Finally, Publish a presentation, using Simple Networking, and place those files into the web folder
Simple File Networking video
Here are some common things to look out for when using simple networking.
- Mime Types - the autorun.brs file and the firmware update.rok files may need mime types added to your web server. For the autorun.brs, add the .brs extension as text/plain. THe update.rok should be binary.
- FTP Transfer Binary - if your ftp client is set to a transfer type of ascii or both, you should change it to binary.
Setup A Unit
- In order for the Brightsign to call into your web server for updates, you must use the setup files. If you publish a simple networking project directly to the flash card, the unit will not call into the web server.
- Go to Tools -> Setup A Unit
- Select Simple File Networking
- Enter the webfolder URL In this example, I'm using a dropbox.com account to do web updates.
- Choose your connection frequency
- Click "Create Setup Files" and save the setup files to a flash card.
Startup Brightsign with Setup Card
When the Brightsign starts up with a setup card, it will call into the URL provided in the setup file and look for a current-sync.xml file. A current-sync file is created with the setup files, and also each time you publish using simple networking.
Insert Setup Flash Card into Brightsign
- Plug the unit into the network (ethernet directly or wifi game adapter or wifi bridge)
- Plug the unit into power
If your web server is on the local network, you may be publishing to a folder/drive that's mapped on your desktop. Or, if you're using a service like dropbox, you can publish directly to a public dropbox folder. Otherwise, you'll be publishing to a local directory on your computer, and using an ftp program to transfer the files to your web server.
- Click Publish in BrightAuthor and select Simple Networking
- Enter the Web URL you'll be updating from
- Enter the local folder you'll be publishing to before transferring the content to the web server
- Publish presentation to a local folder
- Transfer the published files to your web server directory