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Selecting the Host PC specifications for standard Digital Signage

The specifications for the host PC will depend on the type of content and the number of different content channels you wish to run. 

Please see below a number of usage cases and the relevant PC specs that are recommended for them.

Please note:

1. Monitors AnyWhere can be installed on a PC or a virtual machine (VM).
For more information on VM see our guide : how to install Monitors AnyWhere on a virtual machine.

2. For all cases it’s recommended to use a Gigabit switch to connect the zero clients and controlling PC.

3. Installing an additional display card would off-load the CPU and act to improve performance when video content is displayed. Our solution was successfully tested with the following video cards:

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
  • AMD Radeon R7
  • AMD Radeon R9

Other display adapter will probably work as well and may require testing.

Selecting the Host PC specifications for a Video Wall setup 

The specifications for the host PC depend on the type of content, the size of the video wall and the number of video walls that will be run from a single PC.

Please see below a number of usage cases and the relevant PC specs that are recommended for them.

Please note:

1. Running a video wall on a virtual machine (VM) is not recommended.
Since our zero clients rely heavily on the CPU and GPU of the hardware on which it is installed, running a video wall on a virtual machine is not recommended or supported.

2. For all cases it’s recommended to use a Gigabit switch connecting the zero clients and host PC.

3. The new capabilities within the OSBASE drivers allow bezel correction, grouping multiple screens as one big display and much more. Contact us for more details.

4. Installing an additional display card would off-load the CPU and act to improve  performance when video content is displayed

Our solution was tested successfully with the following video cards:

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
  • AMD Radeon R7
  • AMD Radeon R9

Selecting the Host PC specifications for Screen Grouping (cloning)  

The new capabilities within the OSBASE driver allow you to create groups of screens which will be cloned and all show the same content.

The specifications for the host PC will depend on the type of content and the number of screens per group.

Please see below a number of usage cases and the relevant PC specs that are recommended for them.

Please note:

1. Running the Clone feature on a virtual machine (VM) is not recommended for dynamic content.
Since our zero clients rely heavily on the CPU and GPU of the hardware on which it is installed, running a screen cloning setup for showing videos on the displays is not recommended when the host is a virtual machine. For static type of content there should be no issue to use the clone feature.

2. For all cases it’s recommended to use a Gigabit switch connecting the zero clients and host PC.

3. Installing an additional display card would off-load the CPU and act to improve   performance when video content is displayed.

Our solution was tested successfully with the following video cards:

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
  • AMD Radeon R7
  • AMD Radeon R9

Network utilization considerations 

Monitors AnyWhere uses HDMI over LAN zero clientstechnology. Zero clients replace graphic cards and connect a central computer to each display, through a local area network.

Please see below a number of usage cases and the relevant network utilization they can be expected to take.

 

Last Updated: 04-Dec-2018