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==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
  
Userful's Video Wall solution enables customers to group together multiple displays/stations to form a single large display, thus enabling a single host PC to support one or more larger displays. This is possible because of the high performance and throughput of Userful's zero-client solution and the high performance video splitter developed by Userful. Video Wall is supported in a variety of configurations and layouts (equidistant grid, or free-layout and artistic).
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Userful Network Video Wall™ enables you to group many displays to form a large display using one host PC/server. Userful's video wall solution is designed to use both the CPU and the GPU to maximize performance.  
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This document provides guidelines and instructions for configuring a video wall with Network Zero-Client Devices.
  
 
== Compatible Devices ==
 
== Compatible Devices ==
  
=== Compatible Network Zero Client Devices ===
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=== Compatible Network Zero-Client Devices ===
  
 
Userful Network Video Wall™ is designed to support network zero client devices (using the Elite Silicon® (EST) USB to LAN chipset) with the SMSC®chipsets.  
 
Userful Network Video Wall™ is designed to support network zero client devices (using the Elite Silicon® (EST) USB to LAN chipset) with the SMSC®chipsets.  
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==Getting Started==
 
==Getting Started==
Station setup should be done after installation of Userful Video Wall is complete.
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Station setup should be done after the installation of the Userful Video Wall software is complete.
  
 
Some things to remember:
 
Some things to remember:
 
* Even when using network zero client stations, it is important to keep one station connected to the onboard video card in order to see startup messages.  
 
* Even when using network zero client stations, it is important to keep one station connected to the onboard video card in order to see startup messages.  
 
* We recommend the use of homogeneous (all one type and model) network zero client devices.
 
* We recommend the use of homogeneous (all one type and model) network zero client devices.
* '''Network zero client devices MUST be on the same subnet as the host PC to function.'''  
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* '''Network zero-client devices MUST be on the same subnet as the host PC/server to function.'''  
* If there is more than one host PC on a subnet, they '''must have unique hostnames'''. This is because network zero client devices are locked to host PCs based on the system name (or "hostname"). Having duplicate host names on one subnet cause erratic behaviour of the network devices.  
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* If there is more than one host PC/server on a subnet, they '''must have unique hostnames'''. This is because network zero-client devices are locked to host PC/servers based on the system name (or "hostname"). Having duplicate host names on one subnet cause erratic behaviour of the network devices.  
  
  
 
=== Setting Up Stations ===
 
=== Setting Up Stations ===
 
[[File:Network_Station_Setup.png|thumb|right|600px|An example of a network station configuration.]]
 
[[File:Network_Station_Setup.png|thumb|right|600px|An example of a network station configuration.]]
# Position one display to be plugged into the system tower; this is the '''onboard station'''.  Input devices (keyboard and mouse) can be plugged directly into the system tower as well (for either PS/2 or USB connections); however Userful recommends using a simple USB hub with audio input/output for connection of the onboard station input devices.  
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# Position one display to be plugged into the system tower; this is the '''onboard station'''.  Input devices (keyboard and mouse) can be plugged directly into the system tower (for either PS/2 or USB connections).
 
# Connect one display to each zero-client device.   
 
# Connect one display to each zero-client device.   
# Using Cat-5e network cable, connect each device to a gigabit-capable switch (or router, depending on network setup). ''See example to the right''.
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# Using Cat-5e (or better) network cable, connect each device to a gigabit-capable switch. ''See example to the right''.
# Connect the host PC to the switch (or router) using Cat-5e network cable.  
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# Connect the host PC/server to the switch using Cat-5e (or better) network cable.  
 
# Ensure all devices, hubs and displays are connected to a UPS or surge protected outlets, if necessary.  
 
# Ensure all devices, hubs and displays are connected to a UPS or surge protected outlets, if necessary.  
 
# Turn on the system when ready.
 
# Turn on the system when ready.
 
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=== Adding or Removing Network Zero Client Stations ===
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=== Adding or Removing Network Zero-Client Stations ===
  
 
To add a station (assuming your license supports that number of stations), simply connect another device and use the Control Center to attach the device to the host PC. <br>'''Please note: it may take up to 60 seconds for the newly added station to be recognized by the host PC'''. No reboot is necessary.
 
To add a station (assuming your license supports that number of stations), simply connect another device and use the Control Center to attach the device to the host PC. <br>'''Please note: it may take up to 60 seconds for the newly added station to be recognized by the host PC'''. No reboot is necessary.
  
Stations can be removed simply by unplugging the device (even from a running system).
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Stations can be removed simply by unplugging the device (This can be done with the running system).
  
 
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Revision as of 16:28, 20 August 2015


Copyright © 2015 Userful Corporation. All rights reserved.
(Updated 2015.08.20)



To return to the Userful Network Video Wall main documentation page, Click Here.


Introduction

Userful Network Video Wall™ enables you to group many displays to form a large display using one host PC/server. Userful's video wall solution is designed to use both the CPU and the GPU to maximize performance.

This document provides guidelines and instructions for configuring a video wall with Network Zero-Client Devices.

Compatible Devices

Compatible Network Zero-Client Devices

Userful Network Video Wall™ is designed to support network zero client devices (using the Elite Silicon® (EST) USB to LAN chipset) with the SMSC®chipsets.

Userful has tested and confirmed that the following devices are supported for use with Userful Network Video Wall™.


Network Zero-Client Devices Recommended Device Firmware Graphics Chipset External Power Supply Required
Acer E400 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
Atrust m320 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
Atrust m320(v2) 116.103 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
Centerm C75 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
HP T200 035.226 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
ViewSonic VMA-25 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
ThinNetworks MiniPoint Ethernet 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
ViewSonic SC-U25 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
Centerm C75(v2) 039.100 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes
Atrust m321 116.103 SMSC UFX-6000 Yes


Please Note that ThinNetworks MiniPoint devices are shipped with a jumper switch. The jumper switch toggles the device between an "always on" mode (ideal for digital signage and public computing environments) and a "normal" mode where power is controlled by power button. Please consult your sales representative for more information.


Getting Started

Station setup should be done after the installation of the Userful Video Wall software is complete.

Some things to remember:

  • Even when using network zero client stations, it is important to keep one station connected to the onboard video card in order to see startup messages.
  • We recommend the use of homogeneous (all one type and model) network zero client devices.
  • Network zero-client devices MUST be on the same subnet as the host PC/server to function.
  • If there is more than one host PC/server on a subnet, they must have unique hostnames. This is because network zero-client devices are locked to host PC/servers based on the system name (or "hostname"). Having duplicate host names on one subnet cause erratic behaviour of the network devices.


Setting Up Stations

An example of a network station configuration.
  1. Position one display to be plugged into the system tower; this is the onboard station. Input devices (keyboard and mouse) can be plugged directly into the system tower (for either PS/2 or USB connections).
  2. Connect one display to each zero-client device.
  3. Using Cat-5e (or better) network cable, connect each device to a gigabit-capable switch. See example to the right.
  4. Connect the host PC/server to the switch using Cat-5e (or better) network cable.
  5. Ensure all devices, hubs and displays are connected to a UPS or surge protected outlets, if necessary.
  6. Turn on the system when ready.


Adding or Removing Network Zero-Client Stations

To add a station (assuming your license supports that number of stations), simply connect another device and use the Control Center to attach the device to the host PC.
Please note: it may take up to 60 seconds for the newly added station to be recognized by the host PC. No reboot is necessary.

Stations can be removed simply by unplugging the device (This can be done with the running system).