This is how it works
Order one PiCube for each screen you wish to change into a digital signage channel. You can use the PiCube with any digital screen with a HDMI or DVI input. The PiCube is attached to the screen and to the network, and voila! A digital signage system is up and running! After plugging in the player you just log in via Internet to your FirstView Manager user account, and start adding images and videos to your screen(s)!
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The combination of the Linux-based FirstView digital signage software and the credit card sized single-board computer Raspberry Pi is capable of providing Full HD 1080p video and images.
The cost effective media player integrates into your existing network and connects to a FirstView cloud server. The web based FirstView Manager content management system enables you to manage the content of hundreds of screens remotely from one location.
- Size of the player is 100x30x70 mm
- 6+ GB internal memory
- Uses very low energy (power rating 3.5W)
- The Raspberry Pi based hardware uses 700 MHz ARM core, has 512 RAM memory, and a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC)
- Both audio and video uses HDMI out
- 10/100 Ethernet RJ45 or wireless WiFi for network
- PiCube runs a Linux-based operating system and can be mounted on the back of any digital screen with HDMI/DVI input
Manage your screens from anywhere
The content on displays is managed via Internet by logging in to the FirstView Manager user interface with your own username and password. With the easy-to-use FirstView Manager all material on displays (or display groups) can be updated, edited and scheduled remotely from anywhere where there’s an Internet connection.
Play on your screens
- Images (JPEG, PNG)
- Full HD Video (all video formats)
- RSS feeds (news, weather casts, etc..)
- Text presentations
Useful tools and features
- Calendar functions and scheduling of presentations
- Automated conference scheduling and guide arrows
- Meeting and guidance tools
Reliable and secure
- SSL secured network connection
- Keeps on showing the uploaded material also offline
- Automated software updates
The languages available in FirstView manager are
Order as many PiCube players as you need (one for each screen you wish to use for digital signage). Pay your order with a credit card via Paypal. The monthly SaaS service fee will automatically be charged from your credit card once a month.
The PiCube media players with installation & user guides will be shipped to you within 7 days. Total delivery time 9 to 21 days depending on destination.
Use the Installation guide to attach the player(s) to your screens.
Log in to FirstView Manager with your email address and a password we’ve sent to you by e-mail. See the User guide & video to add material to screens.
Need help? Contact our tech support at support @ firstviewds.com.
I’m not big on technology. Am I able to start using PiCube without help?
P Cube is easier to install than your TiVo or DVD player at home. You just plug in the power, attach the PiCube to the screen with a HDMI cable (we’ll send you one for each player), and attach the Ethernet network cable. The network cable is the same kind you use with your computer. So yes, you sure can use the PiCube without any special IT skills.
How long is the shipment time?
After receiving your order we’ll put it together and send to you via TNT. Usually it takes max 7 to 9 days for a shipment to reach its destination (within Europe).
How long am I engaged to use the PiCube service?
After a 3 month starting period you can stop using the PiCube anytime you want. Just send us an e-mail and we’ll send you the info how to return the Cube(s). The last monthly service fee is charged for the ongoing month when you send us the e-mail to stop the service.
The player is attached to the network. Is it safe to use PiCube?
All data is SSL encrypted, which is the same security that banks use for their Internet services. No need to worry for breaches, we’ve made sure that its secure to use the FirstView system.
How do I know whether my screen has a HDMI or DVI input?
You can use the PiCube with any screen that has either of these inputs
If you’re unsure whether your screen is compatible, send us a picture of the inputs and we’ll help you out!
Will the screen go black if the Internet connection is down?
The PiCube downloads the material (images and videos) to its own internal memory and plays it from there. The network is needed only when uploading new material or editing the existing playlist. If the network goes down the PiCube will play the material it has already downloaded to its memory. After the network connection is back up the player will automatically check if there’s new material or changes made to the playlist.
Can I have more than one screen behind a single public IP address?
Sure, you can have as many screens as you want behind a public IP address.
Can I use a 3G or 4G connection to connect my screens to Internet?
Yes, you can but you should consider couple things. First of all, you can’t connect the USB modem directly to the PiCube. You need a 3G router that you plug in to the PiCube with a cable. Also the data plans can be expensive. HD video and image material used these days can be quite large. Even though there’s data traffic only when uploading the files or making changes to the playlist, you should keep this in mind when making your mobile data plan.