The Control Center
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The Control Center provides status of the stations and allow administrator to manage, map and perform essential system operations. The Control Center has the following key features:
- Station Mapping
- Configuring Video Wall
- Network Station Management
- Broadcast Alerts
- License Management
- System Updates
- Access to Support
Accessing the Control Center
The Control Center is a browser-based central management interface for Userful Network Video Wall configuration. Control Center can be accessed from any web browser on any system within the same network (LAN) without an Internet connection however some functions (such as licensing, system updates) require access to the Internet. You can also access the Control Center remotely through the Internet provided you have proper Port Forwarding in place.
There are several ways to access Control Center:
- Using IP Address
IP Address of the host PC/server that you want to manage into the browser’s address bar.
- Using Hostname
If your local network has been set up to route hostnames, you can use the host PC/server's hostname (which may be easier to remember than IP addresses). For network configured this way, simply open a web browser and enter
hostname in the address bar.
- Using localhost
If you are accessing Control Center from one of the stations you can simply enter
http://localhost in the browser address bar.
Please Note: The root password is required to open the Control Center.
The major sections of the Control Center are listed here:
- Station Mapping
- Network Stations
- Broadcast Alerts
- System Operations
- Help and Support
(Each of these will be discussed in detail below). By holding the mouse cursor over one of the section titles a list of features or functions will appear. Simply click on the desired feature or function to open that section of the Control Center.
A gray box next to the CPU graphic list down the host PC/servers available within the same subnet along with there IP Address.
The Control Center opens on the Station Mapping page. This page gives a snapshot of the current system status, number of stations online/offline, session containers and the video walls created. Station Mapping provides the ability to "map" stations to "session containers" -- such as video playback, URL kiosk -- via an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Please refer to the Station Mapping guide for further information and detailed instructions.
Userful's ethernet zero client devices, also called "network stations", use network cabling (e.g. Cat-5e) to connect zero-client devices to host PC/server. Please refer to the Manage Network Zero-Client Stations Guide for more information and detailed instructions.
Broadcast Silent Alerts
This section of Control Center allows administrator to send short messages or alerts to all connected stations. Please refer to Broadcast Alerts page for more information.
Functions that affect the entire system (that is, the host CPU and all the connected displays) are found in the System Operations section of the Control Center. These include:
- Failover Settings
- Managing Licenses
- Changing Admin Password
- Changing Hostname
- Power Management
- Rebooting/Shutting down the system
- Network Settings
- Managing Updates
- Changing System Date/Time and Language
Please refer to System Operations for more information about each function.
Help and Support
This section highlights general guidelines for troubleshooting Userful Network Video Wall™ solution. Please refer to Help and Support page for more information.