Setup Wallpaper Displays for Cisco Collaboration Endpoints CE9.9 and later

This article provides the instructions to configure an Appspace playlist channel as a wallpaper with customized messaging, to be displayed in the background, when a Cisco Collaboration Endpoint (CE9.9 and later) device is in an idle state.

Important
The Appspace App for Cisco Collaboration Endpoints is only designed and tested for playlist channels, thus we do not support advanced channels, live stream channels, videos, alerts, or playout metrics.

However, as the Cisco CE devices do not behave like other full-fledged Appspace supported devices, Appspace leverages Cisco’s API via a macro created in the Appspace console that allows the registration of these Cisco Collaboration Endpoints as devices Appspace can publish content to. 

The macro on the Cisco Collaboration Endpoint will reach out directly from the Cisco Endpoint towards the Appspace instance and register itself, as well as fetch the content (CE9.9 required) according to the schedule defined in the assigned Appspace playlist channel. 

Once a Cisco Collaboration Endpoint is registered as a device with Appspace, a playlist channel is assigned. The content will change periodically based on the playlist channel’s predefined schedule and playout duration (e.g. every 30, hourly, etc…).

Appspace can also be configured to display alerts and emergency messages over the wallpaper when triggered. Both the wallpaper and the alerts are only displayed when the Cisco CE device is not in conference.

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Prerequisites

  • Appspace 7.0 or higher.
  • An active Appspace account, with sufficient Device IDs to register the devices.
  • Please ensure your network is configured to allow Appspace whitelist URLs and the relevant network ports. This is necessary for the creation of the macro that needs to be deployed to the caching devices.
  • An Appspace playlist channel, with content only consisting of images, set to a minimum of 60 secs duration per item. Click here for instructions to create a playlist channel.
Important
    • Only one playlist channel must be created.
    • The playlist channel must contain only images or static screenshots of Appspace cards.
    • Card animations are not supported here.
    • Duration for each content item (image/static screenshot) in the playlist must be set to a minimum of 60s or more. We recommend changing content only once or twice in an hour or once at the top of every hour. It will be ideal to display the wallpaper content between meetings. Changing content too frequently is not ideal for device scalability and performance.
    • Advanced channels, live stream channels, videos, alerts, and playout metrics, are not supported for this solution.
  • Supported Cisco CE devices running either one of the following:
    • Cisco Collaboration Endpoint Software CE9.9 or later, if registered on CUCM.
      Important
      We recommend customers to update their devices to the latest firmware versions as per Cisco’s recommendations.
    • The latest Cisco RoomOS, if registered on Webex Cloud. We support the following devices:
      • Cisco Webex DX Series – DX80
      • Cisco Webex Room Series – Room 55, Room 70, Room Kit, Room Kit Mini, Room Kit Plus, Room Kit Pro
      • Cisco TelePresence MX Series – MX200, MX300, MX700, MX800
      • Cisco TelePresence SX Series – SX20, SX80
        Note
        Every registered Cisco Collaboration Endpoint device will consume one Appspace ID each.
  • An active Internet connection.
  • An Appspace playlist channel, with content only consisting of images set to a minimum of 60 secs duration per item. Click here for instructions to create a playlist channel.
  • Ensure Cisco CE devices are configured to allow access to the Appspace platform (on-prem) via HTTPS. 
  • An administrator account on the Cisco Collaboration Endpoint device to install the macro. 
  • Ensure Cisco CE devices are configured to enable Custom Wallpaper, while Branding is disabled, as both these features are unable to co-exist together.

    Note
    You can disable the Branding feature via Setup > Personalization on the Cisco CE device.

Configure Cisco Collaboration Endpoint with Appspace

Follow the instructions in the following order to setup the Cisco CE devices with Appspace.

  1. Configure the Collaboration Endpoint (CE) Macro
  2. Configure the Collaboration Endpoint (CE) Device

Configure the Collaboration Endpoint (CE) Macro

Important
You must create a playlist channel with images prior to proceeding with these instructions.
  1. Log in to your Appspace account, and click Devices from the Appspace menu.
  2. In the Devices tab, click ADD, and click the advanced device registration link.
  3. Select Cisco Collaboration Endpoint Macro from the Deployment method drop-down menu, and select the desired network.
  4. Select the playlist channel that will be displayed as the wallpaper for the Cisco CE device.
  5. Select Version 9.9 or greater from the drop-down menu.
     
  6. Click the Show advanced options link, to configure the Device Description, Device Group, and, Device Tags.
  7. Click Download Macro to download the macro.js file to a default download folder in your local machine.

Configure the Collaboration Endpoint (CE) Device

  1. Log in to your Cisco Collaboration Endpoint (CE) device’s web interface (via device IP address) with your Cisco Admin credentials, and navigate to Integration > Macro Editor.
  2. Click Import from file to import the downloaded macro.js file.
  3. Save, and enable the macro entry via the toggle.
  4. To verify if the macro has been deployed correctly, click Show History, and the message “successfully sent Http Post” should indicate the Cisco CE device is able to reach out to the Appspace server.
  5. The Cisco CE device should also appear in the device list in Devices, in the Appspace console.
    Note
    The device name will be the CE device’s serial number.

Important
For troubleshooting instructions, please refer to Cisco Collaboration Endpoint device does not show wallpaper.