Intro to iPad Configuration

In this article we will review how to configure the IW Player on an iPad tablet in CommandCenterHD (CCHD).

Requirements

  • Supported Models: iPad 2-4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2-4, iPad Pro, or better.

  • Network configured per network topology

  • Version: iOS 10 or later IW Player 7.4.1 or later

  • NOTE: Customers will need to use an enclosure for playback of content to prevent users from selecting the Home button and exiting IW Player on older devices.

Improvements

  • Customers will now have the functionality to support improved downloading of enhanced media assets with greater control over their media downloads, including more reliable download verification.

  • Along those lines, the player will clean up extra copies of downloaded media, saving additional disk space.

  • The player will now display additional information around connect mode via distributed hinting.

  • Additionally, the Industry Weapon player on iOS will now support Playlist functionality.

Creating the iPad Device in CCHD

1. On your CCHD Dashboard, hover over the Wrench Icon in the upper right and click Devices.

2. Click the Plus Icon (+) next to the Small Screen Tab at the top of the Devices List.

NOTE: Your account needs to be authorized for Small Screen Devices. If you don't see the Small Screens tab in Devices, reach out to your Account Manager to discuss how to get it into the account.

3. Enter a Name for the device and set its Status to Active, then hit Next in the bottom right to move to the next tab.

4. Choose the MediaBridge Zone you want the device to connect to. Then, hit Next.

5. Enter the Location of the device using a city name, zip code, or street address, or Manually Set the Latitude and Longitude. Click Get Coordinates and confirm that it found the right Location. Then, choose the Temperature Scale and Time Zone for the device to pull the appropriate information for weather, date, and time.

6. Next, you will set up the playback for the device – choose the orientation you want under Format and choose your channel from the Available Channels list. You can also choose the position of the Admin Touch button (see below).

7. Go to the Accounts tab and set the Password for the device. This will be used to exit the playback engine and navigate to the menu once the player is active.

8. Click Save. After saving, you will be taken back to the Devices page where your new device should be in the list. The device ID will appear in parentheses after the name.

Installing the App

1. Power on your iOS device and navigate to the App Store

2. Search for Industry Weapon and install the CommandCenterHD Signage Player app.

3. Open the app and go to the bottom of the page to check the version of the player in About This App.

  • The IW Player Version should be 7.4.1 or later.

  • The iOS Version should be 8 or later.

NOTE: If you have an earlier version than 7.4.1 then go to App Store and select Update IW Player.

4. Configure your iPad IW Player Settings.

Configuring the App

Once the IW Player App is installed, you'll need to configure the information for it to properly connect to CCHD and sync content for playback. Complete the following fields based on the information provided:

  • Set Device # - Enter the Device ID Number created in CCHD. This will be a number in parenthesis after the Device Name.

  • Set Account - Enter your CCHD Account Name. Your account name appears right before .channelshd.com in the URL (i.e. accountname.channelshd.com). Please note this field is case sensitive.

  • Set PIN - Enter your Account PIN. This can be accessed by clicking on the “i” Icon in the upper right side of CCHD. Please note this field is case sensitive.

  • Caching -This should be set to MediaBridge and you will need to enter the IP address of the MediaBridge you are connecting to. The MediaBridge IP can be found in both System Diagnostics or by clicking on the ‘i” icon in the upper right side of CCHD. MediaBridges will be listed under Zones.

  • Start Background Services/Stop Background Services - Click on Start Background Services to begin syncing content down to your iPad.

  • Auto Run Player - When this option is selected the app will automatically launch the player when you launch the app.

  • Start Player - Starts that app to run in Player mode. (You can stop the player by clicking in the upper left corner. You will need the password used when setting up the iPad in CCHD

  • Check for Pending Commands - This will manually call for new content if you have just reset the iPad.

  • Orientation - Set the orientation of the iPad to either Landscape or Portrait. Content will not auto-rotate with the orientation of the iPad.

1. Hit Start Background Service and Auto Run Player as soon as you have your credentials entered. You will see the status of the sync as it progresses at the top of the screen.

2. Once the sync is complete (it will read Status: Last sync: [current time]), hit Start Player to launch the IW Player.

Important Things to Keep in Mind

  • If you only see a black screen or Industry Weapon-themed content, shut the app down and restart it.

  • If you make a mistake in entering the credentials for the device you will need to exit the app and relaunch it once you have made the corrections for it to sync properly.

  • While the player is running, you can click in the designated area specified by the Admin Touch Position to bring up a password field. Entering the password correctly will return you to the main menu screen so you can change any preferences you need to.

What if I’m Using Guided Access Mode?

If you’re using Guided Access Mode to ensure users cannot access other apps while IW Player is running, ensure that you have changed the Auto-Lock setting in Display & Brightness to Never. This will prevent the iPad from locking out and ending playback unexpectedly.

Issues?

Open a Case with the Industry Weapon Support Team or give us a call at 877-607-0562

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