Monitors AnyWhere | Network Video Wall - Quick Setup Guide
How to setup Network Video Wall settings in Monitors AnyWhere - run multiple screens from a single PC over LAN in a videowall configuration
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Network Video Wall – Quick Setup Guide

How to setup your first Network Video Wall?

On this tutorial we will explain how to setup Monitors AnyWhere to work with our new Network Video Wall feature.

This new feature allows you to install an eye catching  Video Walls to show videos of all types and in all formats as well as dynamic web based content from any Content Management System such as HTML5, Flash, WebOS. You can also have different applications shown in different zones of your Video Wall or have an external source to feed your content. 

With our new advanced feature you can also set multiple Network Video Walls to run from the same standard PC.

System Requirements

Here we present two different setups of video walls that can be used with our Network Video Wall solution. 

For more options on recommended video wall setups click here

Minimum requirements for a small Network Video Wall configuration (2×2, 3×2) :

 

CPU: Intel Core i5 4th generation or newer

Memory: At least 8GB of RAM

Graphics:  Integrated Intel HD graphics

Network: Gigabit Ethernet

For multiple 2×2,3×3 Video Walls:

 

CPU: Intel Core i7 4th generation or newer

Memory: At least 16GB of RAM (depending on the use case and application)

Graphics:  Additional Nvidia/ATi card to offload the CPU (Nvidia GTX 7xx ,9xx and 10xx series were tested and works well)

Network: Gigabit Ethernet

Make sure the size of text and apps are set to 100%:

 

  • Right click on the desktop and select Display settings
  • Select the first screen and make sure it’s set to 100% in the “Change the size of text…” section.
  • Preform the same procedure for all screens connected to your PC.

Important Notes:

 

  • If you don’t have a zero client but you own a video card with multiple video outputs and wish to create a video wall click here.
  • Make sure to install all the recent updates and updates for your Operating System.
  • We recommend to install on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
  • Check for any recent drivers for your Intel HD graphics or Nvidia/ATi Graphic adapter.
  • SLI configurations are not supported.

Setting up a video wall using zero clients

First step is to install all the drivers and software on your host PC as shown in Monitors AnyWhere’s Quick Installation Guide.

Only after completing this step you can go on to configure your Video Wall.

Please note:

If you don’t have a zero client but you own a video card with multiple video outputs and wish to create a video wall click here.

Make sure the size of text and apps are set to 100%:

 

  • Right click on the desktop and select Display settings
  • Select the first screen and make sure it’s set to 100% in the “Change the size of text…” section.
  • Preform the same procedure for all screens connected to your PC.

Setting up the displays layout for your video wall

 

On this example our screens are positioned in a simple rectangular layout of 2×2 video wall.

In Monitors AnyWhere go to File menu > Displays Configuration

The Displays configuration tool will open, listing all the available zero clients on the Extnded Mode section.

Identify your screens

 

Click on the Identify all screens toggle button to show the identification number on all of the screens.

Drag and drop to the Video Wall mode section

 

Drag and drop the screens to the video wall mode section according to their actual position.

Click apply or OK and you are done

 

Once the setting is done you can either click Apply for it to take immediate affect but stay in the setting tool or OK to apply the settings and go back to Monitors AnyWhere app.

 

Windows® will recognize the new setting as a video wall consisted of your four combined screens.

Additional settings

 

You can change the resolution per screen setting in order to create a video wall with the resolution of up to 8K!

 

 

For an example, if you have 4 screens that are positioned in landscape mode, each with a resolution of 1920×1080, you will get a video wall with the resolution of 8K.

Start using your video wall with Monitors AnyWhere

 

 

You can start running any type of application on the video wall by using Monitors AnyWhere.

Setting up a video wall without zero clients

In case you don’t own a zero client you can still create a video wall with Monitors AnyWhere by following this few simple steps. 

 

Setting up the screens layout of your video wall

 

 

This is a very important step in order for our software to arrange the content on your video wall configuration.

 

Please connect each screen to a video output from your graphic adapter.

 

On this example our screens are positioned in a simple rectangular layout of 2×2 video wall.

Arrange the screens in the correct layout so Windows® will identify the structure of your video wall configuration.

 

This is done in the Display Setting of Windows: 

Right click on your Desktop > Display Settings

 

You can set each screen either to work in Portrait mode or in Landscape mode and from this console  you can also set the screen’s resolution.

Drag and Drop each screen according to its physical position in your Video Wall layout. Match the order of each screen’s position by knowing its ID number.

 

In order to identify the screens you can use Window’s built-in Identify button.

Or you can use the Screens Identification feature in Monitors AnyWhere. Go to : View > Identify All screens

Open Monitors AnyWhere console, label each screen with its own name and arrange the screens according to their actual order.

You can also hide the labels so you’ll be able to see the whole image in the Video Wall setting:

View > Show\Hide labels

Right click on one of the screens and select Edit Groups

Click on the Add button

Name the new group and select the Video Wall radio button. Finally press OK

Select the screens from the list on the left and move them under the new created group by clicking on the Add to group button.

Once all screens are set to the Video Wall group, press on the Close button to save the new settings.

On each screen you will see a label showing it’s set to work with the Video Wall function.

Start running beautiful content on your video wall

You can now start working with the new Video Wall setting by sending any type of application to one of the screens and see how it automatically spans on all screens in that group.