Monitors AnyWhere | Setting up Monitors AnyWhere host PC, How To for Digital Signage
How to set up the host pc that runs Monitors AnyWhere for digital signage. Choose the right hardware and network infrastructure for you signage project
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System Hardware Guide

Selecting the Host PC specifications for standard Digital Signage

The specifications for the host PC will depend on the type of content and the number of different content channels you wish to run.

Please see below a number of use cases and the relevant PC specs that are recommended for them.

Example use cases Up to 4 different content channels Up to 6 different content channels Up to 8 different content channels Up to 12 different content channels Up to 16 different content channels
Static slides
Images without animation
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 4GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 8GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 12GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
Rich slides with animations
Web-based content
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 8GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 8GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 24GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
HD videos
Web-based CMS
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 8GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 24GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows7,8,10,
Server2012 R2
Contact us for more information

Please note:

1. Monitors AnyWhere can be installed on a PC or a virtual machine (VM).

For more information on VM see our guide : how to install Monitors AnyWhere on a virtual machine.

2. For all cases it’s recommended to use a Gigabit switch to connect the zero clients and controlling PC.

3. Installing an additional display card would off-load the CPU and act to improve performance when video content is displayed.

Our solution was tested successfully with the following video cards:

 

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
  • AMD Radeon R7
  • AMD Radeon R9

 

Other display adapter will probably work as well.

Selecting the Host PC specifications for a Video Wall setup

The specifications for the host PC depend on the type of content, the size of the video wall and the number of video walls that will be run from a single PC.

Please see below a number of use cases and the relevant PC specs that are recommended for them.

Example use cases 3x1,4x1,2x2, 3x2 4x2,3x3, 4x4, 10x1 5x5, 6x5, 10x2
Static slides
Web browsers

CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 8GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 8
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 5
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 3
1080p videos
Content Management
Systems (CMS)
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 6
An additional video card
is required
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 3
An additional video card
is required
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 2
An additional video card
is required
4K videos CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 2
An additional video card
is required
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 2
An additional video card
is required
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 1
An additional video card
is required
6K videos N/A CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 1
An additional video card
is required
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
Number of video walls: 1
An additional video card
is required

Please note:

1. Running a video wall on a virtual machine (VM) is not recommended.

Since our zero clients rely heavily on the CPU and GPU of the hardware on which it is installed, running a video wall on a virtual machine is not recommended or supported.

2. For all cases it’s recommended to use a Gigabit switch connecting the zero clients and host PC.

3. The new capabilities within the OSBASE drivers allow bezel correction, grouping multiple screens as one big display and much more. Contact us for more details.

4. Installing an additional display card would off-load the CPU and act to improve  performance when video content is displayed

Our solution was tested successfully with the following video cards:

 

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
  • AMD Radeon R7
  • AMD Radeon R9

Selecting the Host PC specifications for Screen Grouping (cloning) 

The new capabilities within the OSBASE driver allow you to create groups of screens which will be cloned and all show the same content.

The specifications for the host PC will depend on the type of content and the number of screens per group.

Please see below a number of use cases and the relevant PC specs that are recommended for them.

Example use cases Clone same content on up to 4 groups Clone same content on up to 8 groups Clone same content on up to 16 groups
Static slides
Web browsers
CPU: Core i5
(4th gen min)
RAM: 8GB
Windows10
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
1080p Videos
Content Managements
Systems (CMS)
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 16GB
Windows10
An additional video card
is required
CPU: Core i7
(4th gen min)
RAM: 32GB
Windows10
An additional video card
is required

Please note:

1. Running the Clone feature on a virtual machine (VM) is not recommended for dynamic content.

Since our zero clients rely heavily on the CPU and GPU of the hardware on which it is installed, running a screen cloning setup for showing videos on the displays is not recommended when the host is a virtual machine. For static type of content there should be no issue to use the clone feature.

2. For all cases it’s recommended to use a Gigabit switch connecting the zero clients and host PC.

3. Installing an additional display card would off-load the CPU and act to improve   performance when video content is displayed.

Our solution was tested successfully with the following video cards:

 

  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 Ti
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
  • AMD Radeon R7
  • AMD Radeon R9

Network utilization considerations

Monitors AnyWhere uses HDMI over LAN zero clients technology. Zero clients replace graphic cards and connect a central computer to each display, through a local area network.

Please see below a number of use cases and the relevant network utilization they can be expected to take.

Example use case Up to 4 different content channels or 4 cloned groups
and Video Walls
Up to 8 different content channels or 8 cloned groups
and Video Walls
Up to 16 different content channels or 16 cloned groups
and Video Walls
Static slides
Web browsers
up to 10Mbps up to 10Mbps up to 10Mbps
PowerPoint presentations
1080p Videos
Content Managements
Systems (CMS)
up to 25Mbps up to 50Mbps up to 150Mbps
Video Walls
4K videos
up to 150Mbps up to 300Mbps up to 500Mbps