This article provides instructions to configure and register BrightSign devices with a local policy file, an advanced device registration method ideal for cloud or on-prem. Users on devices with USB or SD cards, may utilize this method if they would like to register their device with local policies in place. You can only register one device at a time.

Important

  • If you wish to upgrade existing BrightSign devices running the Appspace App to OS version 8.0, the Appspace App must be updated to version 1.46 first, before the device firmware is updated to version 8. This is crucial to prevent the local storage from being wiped off due to the architectural changes on the location of the local storage for BrightSign OS 8.
  • BrightSign devices are unable to update the Appspace App versions automatically. Please refer to the Update Appspace App on BrightSign section below for workarounds.
  • DHCP Option 43 is supported on Appspace App 1.36 and above.

Prerequisites

  • An active Appspace account, with sufficient Device IDs to register the device.
  • Account Owner or Network Administrator privileges in Appspace.
  • A USB keyboard.
  • A BrightSign compatible SD card/USB drive/SSD storage device.

Register BrightSign with Local Policy File

  1. Login to Appspace Cloud at cloud.appspace.com, and launch the device registration page via one of the following methods:
    • Click the Quick Actions menu and select Register a Device.
    • Go to the Device Registration widget on the Dashboard.
    • Click the Appspace menu, select Devices, and click the Add button in the Devices tab.
  2. In the Register a New Device window, click the advance device registration link.
  3. In the Configure Advanced Registration window, select BrightSign Package in the Deployment method drop-down menu.
  4. Select the network the device is in, and assign a channel for the device.
    Additionally, you can configure fields such as DHCP, NTP server, Timezone, and Proxy Server. You can also perform custom scripting in the Script Configuration section.
    Optionally, clicking the Show advanced options allows you to configure the Device DescriptionDevice Group and Device tags for the device.
  5. Click Download Autorun.zip.
  6. Save the autorun.zip file to a SSD storageSD card or a USB drive according to your preference. If using SD card or USB drive, plug in the devices into the BrightSign device.
    Warning
    BrightSign devices with SSD storage are only compatible with Appspace App 1.33 and above, and BrightSign firmware 7.0.60 is required.
  7. The Appspace App installation package will be automatically extracted to the storage device.
    Note
    The autorun.zip file is automatically deleted from the storage device after the extraction.
  8. Connect the BrightSign device to a display screen.
  9. Ensure network connectivity is active, and switch on the BrightSign device.
  10. Wait for the BrightSign device to boot-up. The Appspace App will begin registering the device, and the selected channel will be displayed.
  11. If using an SSD, once the initial installation and registration process is complete, you may remove the SD card or USB drive, as the Appspace App will operate solely from the SSD storage hereafter.

Using DHCP Option 43 provisioning for BrightSign

Typically, we download and store the autorun.zip file that contains a policy file on a SSD or SD card and manually register each device. If you have DHCP Option 43 enabled on your network, you can now leverage this option to allow all devices plugged-in to the network, to auto-register the devices and begin playing the assigned channels, without user intervention via a provisioning script.

Prerequisites
  • A DHCP server on the local network configured with DHCP Option 43.
  • A provisioning server to handle the recovery request from the device.
  • A provisioning script that will download the autorun.zip file and reboot the device.

Note
For help configuring the above scripts and server, please contact BrightSign.

Automatic Device Registration using DHCP Option 43

Follow the instructions below to setup the device for automatic registration with DHCP Option 43:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 in the Register BrightSign with Local Policy File section above to configure the policy file.
  2. Click Download to download the autorun.zip file.
  3. Place the autorun.zip file on any desired web server.
  4. Define the URL path to the autorun.zip file in your provisioning script.
  5. Connect the BrightSign device to a display screen.
  6. Ensure network connectivity is active, and switch on the BrightSign device. Once the device boots-up, the device will automatically install, and register the Appspace App.
    Note
    The BrightSign device will restart a couple of times to complete this process.
  7. If you did not select a channel during the policy file configuration in step 1 above, you may:
    • Assign channel to each device.
    • Assign default channel to a network

Related Articles
Browse By Category