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Firmware Feature Request

I know I have seen this here a few times, and I will put this in again.

A way to update the setup files from the web interface. I have close to 60 or so (and adding more every week) brightsigns throughout my building and will be doing a major network change (finally getting our own VLAN) in Q4 of this year. To have to go to every location and reload the card is just not going to work. There needs to be a way to setup the unit from the webserver or via telnet. Pretty much EVERY other device I have used in my AV career has had this option and I would consider a major lacking on the part of the brightsign product line.

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    ^UD\_$

    We share the same frustration, although I've learned that BrightSign's system is open in such a way, that a lot can be done with custom scripting. For projects managed with BrightAuthor, plugins can be added, that would allow custom brightscript automation. The BrigthSign IOS app can also be used, to manage variables on the players.

    Are you using static IPs or DHCP?

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    Patrick Davis

    I've dived into scripting and have a few different ones for that. But you still can't adjust the registry entries of ip and whatnot. 

    I am using Static IP's

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    ^UD\_$

    The Registry can be written to from a custom script. Here is how we set the subnet mask for example:

    nc.SetIP4Netmask("255.255.255.0")

    With that said, I would recommend controlling your players network configuration from the DHCP server.

    DHCP allows you to set IP, Subnet mask, Default Gateway, DNS, etc...

    DHCP allows you to reserve IP address by MAC address, so you can manage which player, gets which IP.

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    Patrick Davis

    I don't have control of the DHCP and it is a pain to get IT involved to make those requests. Its simpler to manage it on my end with static addresses in the block they gave me.

     

    Can you write all of the various setup options? Specifically Name, Description, and IP Settings. Because then I could look at writing a control script.

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    ^UD\_$

    Working with IT in large organizations, can be a challenge... :)

    I want to say yes, but have not tried setting name and description yet. As for IP settings, that is a definite yes. I have done it.

    Writing your own plugin can be a steep learning curve, but it is well worth the effort, and very much rewarding. Plugins give you back the control that BrightAuthor typically take from you, when moving from custom scripting to BrightAuthor.

     

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    Patrick Davis

    Great! Thanks for the info. I will start diving into this when I have some free time.

    Free time....hahahaha.

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    Brandon

    To get a head start, you can look at the setup.brs and setupCommon.brs files in the templates folder of the BrightAuthor program directory.

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    Eric

    Hi there, 

    We encounter the same. 

    We do like the Local File networking functionality with BrightAuthor for updating programs. 

    But we would like to have it also to connect to remote IP’s and dedicated port.

     

    Specials scripts is always a hassle and in future updates / firmware it is possible they don’t works anymore as we have encountered.

    We are involved in projects where numerous players have been deployed.

    Just yesterday I had email contact with support over this.

    Now I’m chewing on a external fixed IP solution that forwards the traffic to a specific external IP and Port. 

    Then in the router there could be a portforwarding rule be put in place that forwards traffic to the internal IP and port.

    For updating content we use our own MRSS feed cloud solution that also monitors the players and we have cloud control build in.

     

    Best regards,

    Eric

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    Shaun

    There have been many requests for this over the years but it seems low priority for some reason.

    Whereas it is nice you can do an initial setup you should just be able to log in to the DWS and change the network config there.

    Brightsigns are the only network device I have come across in some years that you can't simply log into and change at least basic system parameters. But that is the Brightsign units for you, crazy advanced in most ways and the simple day to day things often overlooked. If you've used the brightsigns long enough you know what I mean.

    Given that you can now set the date and time via the DWS I would assume its something they are working on....

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    Eric

    Dear Smw87,

    I don't see the option to set time and date in the DWS? I see many viewing options (see screenshot http://d.pr/i/OS22/3PWjgNnR) but at no position to be able to change time date (and also preferred timezone). Gr. Eric

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    Shaun

    Hi Eric,

    It is under the "info" tab,if you can't see it try updating to the latest FW. See the attached pic, there is a link for setting the time "set" you can set the time using the time of the connected client system and there is another option if I remember correctly.

    Shaun

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    Eric

    Hi Shaun,

     

    Brilliant! I see it! But unfortunately no time zone correction. I’ve encountered players that had not the correct time zone. 

    So they have still to be updated locally or hassle with scripts.

     

    Regarding the IP issue to acces remote players them via Brightauthor Local File Networking, as where they locally, I have resolved that!

     

    Gr.

    Eric

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