Looking for a way to use your Google Chromebase as a digital screen? The latest Google Chrome product is a nifty way to set a screen up either on a desk or a wall, that powers your digital content for all to see.
In this guide we’ll walk you through how to use your Google Chromebase to show digital signage, how to install it and what possibilities there are once you’re up and running.
When it comes to digital signage you usually have one of two options: an Android TV or a regular TV powered by a device like a Google Chromebit or an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
With the Google Chromebase all you need is the screen itself. The Chromebase is effectively a desktop PC but its key selling point lies in its ability to share information. If the iMac is for solo designers and the Windows PC is for solo workers, then the Chromebase is for collaboration.
It has a 23.8" screen and full HD resolution 1920 x 1080, which is what most digital signage screens run on. The screen tilts which helps with visibility and it can be wall or desk mounted, creating a more flexible digital screen solution.
The Chromebase also has four mics - something that may come in seriously useful when voice-activated screens come into play.
Generally speaking, you might choose to use the Chromebase as your digital signage display if:
Once you have your Google Chromebase where you want it, use this simple guide to get it setup.
1. Plug in your Chromebase and connect to WiFi
Once you’ve connected to WiFi on-screen, you have two options. If you’re looking to use your Chromebase solely for digital signage you may want to put it into kiosk mode. If you’re using your Chromebase for other means alongside digital signage, skip the next step and instead download the ScreenCloud player direct from the Chrome Web Store.
2. Choose kiosk mode
Setting up kiosk mode allows you to bypass the Chrome Device Management Console, to work directly with apps such as ScreenCloud without any additional fees. Here’s a quick guide on how to get it set up.
For instructions on how to setup Kiosk mode on a managed device see this link.
3. Pair up ScreenCloud with your device
Once the ScreenCloud app has loaded, you’ll see a pairing code that looks like the below. Once you have this, open https://signage.screen.cloud/ on your laptop or PC and sign up for a ScreenCloud account - use our 14-day free trial to get you started.
4. Add your screen
Once you’ve signed up, you can choose ‘add screen’ from the screen below. Enter your pairing code from the previous step and that’s it! You’re now running content on your Chromebase from wherever it’s being managed.
5. Add content
Once setup, you can use your Google Chromebase to share any type of content you like. From images and videos, to social media feeds, live news and travel information.
Visit our App Store to see over 50 apps available for you to add (for free) or add your own images, videos, websites and galleries using the file uploader.
6. Create playlists and schedules
Once you’ve added your content of choice, you can then organize it all using the playlist and scheduling tools. Drag and drop different forms of content into one easy-to-assemble playlist and then choose when you want it to show.
Sign up for a free trial at ScreenCloud Signage today to give it a whirl!