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Lobby Display Screen PC Configuration

Introduction

 

The Lobby Display Screen (LDS) is a specialized web view for your ActiveBuilding portal that is designed for large TV screens in your building lobby.  It displays packages, community events, and any other images or info you customize.

 

You can connect a Windows PC to a TV screen to display the LDS in your community’s lobby or leasing office.  

 

(Unsupported) Google TV Devices

 

ActiveBuilding previously supported the Lobby Display Screen view on the Google TV platform, but in 2014 Google officially ended development of the Google TV platform.  No new devices will be manufactured for Google TV and neither hardware manufacturers or Google will be continuing their support for them.

 

As a result Active Building can no longer continue supporting the Lobby Display Screen view on Google TV devices.  We recommend that any new customer installations for the LDS view use alternative solutions like Connected PCs.

 

Pre-Configured PCs

You can order a pre-configured computer from Staffordworks via their contact page. Please provide them with your portal url, e.g yourcommunity.activebuilding.com/lds.

 

PC Minimum Requirements

 

Your Windows PC needs to be capable of running Windows 7 or higher and a modern browser such as Firefox, Chrome, or Internet Explorer.  Microsoft’s minimum requirements for Windows 7 are:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.

Please see our Lobby Display Screen Hardware Guide for more LDS hardware options.

 

Configuring your Windows PC

The following instructions provide guidance on downloading and configuring free software that allows your Windows PC and a connected large TV screen to function as a kiosk. 

 

Steps:

1.     Open browser of choice

Any modern browser will work to show the Lobby Display Screen.  Options for putting the browser into kiosk or full screen mode will vary based on browser chosen and your specific PC.

 

2.     Configure your browser

These are optional suggestions to help you on startup and to improve the aesthetics of your lobby display screen.  Specifics vary based on browser.

a. Choose an extension or add-on to put your browser into "kiosk" or "full screen" mode.  Go to your browsers settings page or search your browsers support center for instructions on getting to kiosk or full screen mode.  This will hide the toolbars of your browser when enabled.

c. Set the Default Home Page to the your community’s unique Lobby Display Screen URL

              i. Your LDS URL is your community URL with /lds

              ii. E.g. http://yourcommunity.activebuilding.com/lds

 

3.     Check your PC power and sleep options

 

By default Windows will idle the screen and computer after period of non-use to save power.  If you want your LDS on 24 x 7 you will likely need to change these settings.

a. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel

b. Open "Display"

c. Click the "Screen Saver" tab

d. Click the "Power" button.

e. Set both options "Turn off monitor" and "Turn off hard disks" to Never.

f. Press “Apply”

 

 

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