Our PRO Digital signage Player Hardware with windows 10

Written by Yves Benini

Hi, my name is Yves Benini and I'm the founder of easyCMS. I have over 10 years experience in the Digital Signage industry and specialise in LED Displays and Content Management.


PRO Digital Signage Media Player Hardware

We are proud to introduce to you our new PRO Digital Signage Player based on Windows 10. It is built to guarantee stability and performances for your projects. Specially created for easyCMS, our cloud based Digital Signage Solution it is completely Plug & Play. This is the best media player available on the market today. Our simple and easy CMS offers you a low cost digital signage solution.

We offer a 15% discount to everyone who check the video on YouTube!
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This media player comes pre-configured with easyCMS and Novastar LCT (or your choice controller application). It is part of our Low Cost Digital signage offer. Once you get the player, there are no monthly recurring fees. Our cloud based Digital Signage CMS solution is free to use.

We recommend our Pro media player for many applications where performance and stability is required. Indoor and outdoor digital advertising screens, hospitality digital signage, corporate digital signage, restaurant digital signage, digital menu boards, digital signage for schools and of course retail signage.

  1. Industrial hardware
  2. Selected components
  3. Best playback performances
  4. Special hardware features
  5. Long term hardware availability
  6. Cellular connection (4G/LTE)
  7. Operating system
  8. Open source solution
  9. Conclusion

1. Industrial Hardware

First of all, the design of the player is robust and made to last. Also, its black color gives it a modern look and keeps it discreet. The hardware footprint is smaller than average digital signage player. There are brackets integrated in the metal chassis to fix it on a wall or structure if necessary. The player is entirely fanless. The chassis serves as radiator and allows for a very good heat dissipation. Thanks to this, the payer is noise less (0db) with is a requirement in some installations.

2. Selected Components

The components are selected for their proven reliability and long lifespan. This means that they are industrial grade components mainly used for enterprise applications. The processor is the Intel Apollo Lake Intel® Celeron® processor N3350. The hard drive is SSD for better performances and restistance to shocks, greta advantage for mobile LED Displays. The graphic card is based on the powerful Intel® HD Graphics 500

3. Best Playback Performances

As a result, our PRO Digital Signage Player is performing very well. You get fast video acceleration and intense media processing capability with increased video encode and playback performance. it offers support for 2 Independent 4K Ultra HD Displays via three simultaneous graphics pipes. Finally, you get an extensive Media Codec Library with comprehensive codec library and advanced capabilities in media encoding and decoding.

4. Special hardware features

Our Media Player hardware player is equipped with 2 HDMI outputs. This allows to connect 2 displays at the same time without using a splitter. The 2 Displays can be used to run extended desktop or mirror the player output. These 2 outputs each supports 4k resolution at the same time.

The player is equipped with 2x RJ45 Ethernet ports to connect 2 networks to the player. Useful if you want to connect local network with fixed IP adress and internet at the same time. Or just to have back up internet connection available. This coupled with cellular data makes it very stable internet connection.

5. Long Term hardware Availability

The player hardware is guarantee to be available for the next 3-4 years minimum by the manufacturer. This means that if you deploy the player today, the same model will be available in 3 years. This ensure a continuity in the hardware and makes it easier to manage a larger digital signage network.

6. 4G/LTE Cellular connection

The PRO player has an option to add cellular connection (see model here). This is a great solution for mobile LED displays. Alternatively, this can be used for projects where cables or wifi internet connection is unavailable. The SIM card (with activated data plan) is integrated in the device and 2 powerful 4G/LTE antennas added to the chassis. This ensure great signal reception even in remote areas.

7. The operating system

Since Windows 10, the main issue has been the compulsory updates of the system pushed by Microsoft every month. In case you use your computer for home or work, that is not an issue. In case of Digital Signage application this can be problematic. To resolve this, Microsoft released Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC.

The Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) is designed for Win10 devices where the key requirement is that features don’t change over time. For example, medical systems, air traffic control devices… And of course in our case Digital Signage. Microsoft promises to support each LTSC release for 10 years. Features and functionality will not change over the course of that 10-year lifecycle. To limit the updates, many basic Win10 features are disabled, like Cortana, Edge, Movie player,… This helps to save space and avoid potential issues.

8. Open Source Solution

easyCMS is based on Open Source Digital Signage solution “Xibo”. This allows us to focus on hardware and customer service. Xibo is a 14 years old Open Source project. The developers there are committed to keeping Xibo Open Source.

This is why we selected Xibo with complete confidence. We believe in Digital Signage for all, regardless of skill or technological knowledge. Xibo easyCMS offers a reliable platform designed to give all users the freedom to focus on the most important aspect of digital signage: your content! Xibo and easyCMS are powering an Open Source Digital Signage revolution.

In Conclusion

This digital signage media player is the result of many months of research and development. We have carefully selected this solution to offer the best media player for Digital Signage on the market today. This gives our users the best experience of managing content remotely via easyCMS our easy and simple CMS. You can get it today on our web shop with a 15% discount (if you watch the video).

If you have any questions, recommendations or just want to say hi, we would love to hear from you. Just leave a message on our contact form.

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