Use Dropbox as content server

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Note
This tutorial applies only for Dropbox Pro, Plus, and Business users having a "Public" folder, effective until September 1, 2017.

Introduction

The HMP is able to automatically retrieve content from a web server, which is useful for large setups involving a centralized content server or whenever is not possible to push content directly on the player (for instance, due to firewall / NAT usage).

To facilitate the content deployment for such setups, Elementi M and Elementi X offer the possibility to publish the content directly on a server through the Publish Location feature. This feature is not available for Elementi S.

The tutorial below explains how to publish content from Elementi (M or X) on Dropbox server (a free online storage service) through a local shared folder, and then how to configure the HMP devices to retrieve and display that content.

Tutorial

  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Total duration: 10-20 minutes.
  • Requirements:

Publish content on Dropbox

Publish Location for Dropbox
Publish on a Shared Folder location
  1. Open the "Dropbox" folder from your computer, either from the Dropbox application or using Windows Explorer. This is typically under "C:\Users\[username]\". (More details here.)
  2. Create a new folder (e.g., "MyProject") into the "Public" folder.
  3. Share "MyProject" folder on the network.
    • On Win7, right-click on the folder, select "Share with" > "Specific people..." and then click on the "Share" button. The next window will display the URL to the shared folder: \\ComputerName\MyProject.
  4. Open Elementi and prepare the content. For instance, you can use one of the sample projects included within Elementi or create a new project (this tutorial might also come in handy).
  5. Open Elementi Devices view and create a new Publish Location having the following details:
    • Protocol: Shared Project
    • Hostname: ComputerName (replace this with your computer name on the network)
    • Path: /MyProject (replace this with your folder name)
    • Security: disabled
  6. Publish the content onto the newly created Publish Location.
  7. Wait for the Dropbox application to upload the content onto the Dropbox website.
  8. Open "MyProject" folder on your PC, right-click on the "spx-listing.xml" file and select "Copy public link" option.
    • The URL should look like this: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/[user_id]/MyProject/spx-listing.xml, where [user_id] is a numeric id corresponding to your Dropbox account.

Display the project on HMP350 or HMP300

The HMP can retrieve the content from Dropbox and display it on the screen, using Scheduled Download.

  • Scheduled Download is strongly recommended because it is resilient to network and bandwidth problems, which are inevitable when using an public server.

Scheduled Download

Content - Scheduled Download

To add a Scheduled Download to the HMP, follow these steps:

  1. Open HMP Control Center > Content > Scheduled Download.
  2. Under "Server URI", enter the name of your server, followed by 'spx-listing.xml' (e.g. http://spinetix.com/spx-listing.xml).
  3. Select the type of update to be performed (Manual, Hourly, Daily)
    • In case of Daily update, select the time at which you would like the publish action to take place.
    • In case of Manual update, you need to press the reload icon to trig the update of the content manually.
  4. Click on "Apply" button. Once the download is completed, the HMP will display the content retrieved from your web server.

Display the project on HMP200 or HMP130

The HMP can retrieve the content from Dropbox and display it on the screen, using Pull Mode.

  • Pull Mode is strongly recommended because it is resilient to network and bandwidth problems, which are inevitable when using an public server.

Pull Mode configuration

Pull Mode configuration

To configure the HMP for Pull Mode, follow these steps:

  1. Open HMP Control Center > Content Settings page > Pull Mode tab.
  2. Select "Manual settings" option and then enable "Automatically upload project to the HMP[...]" option.
  3. Under "Project source", paste the public link copied at step #10.
  4. Select the time when the HMP should start pulling the content (you check the status within uploader.log).
  5. Click on "Apply" button. Once the pull action is completed, the HMP will display the content retrieved from Dropbox.

See also

This page was last modified on 13 March 2017, at 17:16.