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 Webex Share device or the Cisco Webex Room Phone is in an idle state.
The Cisco Webex Share is a palm-sized, affordable device that allows you to quickly and easily share content to any display without using cables or dongles. Wirelessly share an entire screen or a specific app with one click from Webex Meetings or the Webex Teams app.
The Cisco Webex Room Phone is a conference phone designed for collaborative meetings. From high-quality audio to a simple, familiar share and meeting experience using the power of the Webex platform, you can enjoy your collaboration experience. The Room Phone has a brilliant 6-inch full-HD touchscreen with instant access to meetings, calling, directories, and content sharing.
Appspace leverages Cisco’s API on these devices in order to manage content while the device is in idle mode. From the Appspace console, you can generate a registration URL that is used in the Webex Control Hub to configure the device and have it register itself.
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 devices are not in use.
The wallpaper content will change periodically based on the playlist channel’s predefined schedule and playout duration (e.g. every 30s, hourly,).
- Appspace 7.1 or higher.
- An active Appspace account, with sufficient Device IDs to register the device.
- 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.
- Supported Cisco Webex Share or the Cisco Webex Room Phone running the latest firmware (novum 1.1.0 and later).
- A Webex Control Hub account with the Digital Signage feature enabled by the Cisco team.
- An active Internet connection.
- It is recommended that the device clock is set to automatically retrieve time from a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server, with the correct time zone, in order for it to sync correctly with the Appspace server.
- Please ensure your network is configured to allow Appspace whitelist URLs and the relevant network ports.
- On your proxy server, whitelist the hostnames listed in the ‘How to set up networks with SSL content filters’ section in the following article: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/3504942#sslinspection
Configure Cisco Webex Share or Cisco Webex Room Phone
Follow the instructions below to configure and register a Webex Share device on the Appspace console.
- Log in to the Appspace console.
- Launch the device registration page via one of the following methods:
- In the Register a New Device window, click the advanced device registration link.
- In the Configure Advanced Registration window, select either Cisco Webex Share / Room Phone as the Deployment method, and select the desired network.
- In the Channel selection mode field, select one of these playback options and assign a channel (if already created):
- Channels will autoplay sequentially – this option is currently available only for playlist channels. Channels with autoplay based on the playlist sequence or any scheduling or dayparting settings configured.
- Administrators can select a single channel – ideal for signage, you may select either a playlist channel, an advanced channel or a live channel. However to select a channel here, the channel must already be created prior to this registration. If the channel has not been created, you may skip this step and assign a channel later.
- Click the Generate Registration URL button.
- Copy the Cisco Webex Registration URL link.
- Log in to the device, and navigate to the Configurations section in the Webex Control Hub, and click Access x Configurations (number may vary depending on your Webex Control Hub setup).
- Select the DigitalSignageServer option from the available configurations.
- Paste the copied Cisco Webex Registration URL link into the empty URL field and click Apply.
- The Cisco Webex device will be registered and listed in the device list in Devices, in the Appspace console.
- Once done, you may proceed to assign a playlist channel to the device from the Appspace console (if not done in Step 5 above), by following the instructions in the Assign Channel to Device article.