WiFi, Stability improvements and more

This is the November update for Screenly, where you can read about the latest updates from our team.

Join us in Madrid

On Monday (November 16th), we’re hosting an IoT event together with BBVA, Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu) and Cloud.net in Madrid, Spain. At this event, we will give a talk about Screenly digital signage solutions and what we have learned so far. We will also be hosting a Raspberry Jam in the evening.

The event is hosted at BBVA’s Innovation Center, and is free to attend.

Experimental WiFi support

By far the most popular feature request that we have received for Screenly digital signage solutions has been the ability to use USB WiFi dongles with the Raspberry Pi.

After extensive tests here at Screenly HQ, we are today excited to announce experimental support for WiFi. The WiFi support is limited to certain USB Wireless dongles. However, we still recommend wired network connectivity for digital signage deployments, but we understand that there are certain situations where that simply isn’t possible.

If you’re interested to enroll in the WiFi beta, please let us know.

Improved stability

One of the most important priorities for us is to make sure that Screenly is super stable. We truly aspire to make Screenly a set and forget digital signage solution. As such, we closely monitor the uptime of the Screenly deployment base. Thanks improvements made by Screenly’s fine engineers, we have been able to significantly improve this metric over the last couple of months.

We’ve also made great improvements to the client logging mechanism, which allows us to solve problems proactively.

Improved network features

Over the last year, we have attracted many large, enterprise customers for our digital signage solutions. These customers tend to have both larger and more complex networks. The most common way to manage and restrict these networks is by using MAC addresses.

We have displayed the MAC address during the pairing process for some time. Many users, however, requested that we make this information available even after the pairing (as it is frequently used for device discovery and identification).

We’re happy to announce that we have now made this information available to you after the initial pairing. In addition, we also now expose the local network IP address for the device.

This is an image of the network status information for Screenly digital signage players.

Screenly SD cards are now available

Earlier this year, we started to sell pre-configured Screenly hardware bundles through our partner Pi Supply. This was a huge success.

When we later started to announced that we’re giving away free Screenly digital signage players with our annual plans, the demand increased far beyond what we could have imagined.

We did, however, receive feedback from a number of users that they already had the hardware and were just interested in buying the actual SD card with Screenly pre-loaded.

Today we are happy to announce the availability of Screenly SD cards. These SD cards are available to purchase from our partner Pi Supply for £7.99 each.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. As always, please let us know if you have any comments or questions by simply raising a support ticket.

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Written by Viktor Petersson
CEO and Co-founder of Screenly. Viktor loves taking ideas and turning them into products and services. You can frequently find him on the speaking circuit around the globe. He spent a big part of his adult life as a digital nomad. Viktor is also passionate about DevOps and IoT security. You can find Viktor on Twitter under @vpetersson.
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