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  • Video...MediaFlyer™ demo: How to use this Web-based platform to set up impressive digital signage on the fly.

    Hosted by George Borden, Digital Signage National Sales Manager for Black Box, this video shows how simple it is to create digital signage using MediaFlyer™, our SaaS-based solution for monitoring... more/see it nowand managing single-screen or a multiscreen deployments. In the demo, he discusses the many media formats supported by MediaFlyer, as well as its number of preloaded apps for taking advantage of content feeds from YouTube®, Flickr®, Picasa®, and other external sites. The video also explains the role of the player (the only hardware required for the system) and shows how the system operates, walking you through its easy-to-use, Web-based interface for loading content, creating layouts, and populating layout zones with content. He then demonstrates how simple it is to assign content for display using the system’s schedule editor function. collapse


Product Data Sheets (pdf)...iCOMPEL Q Series VESA Mountable Subscriber Unit

  • Video...iCompel™ How-To (Part 4): Creating layouts for Digital Signage

    This video tutorial goes into great detail to show how to create layouts for the iCOMPEL digital signage player. It demonstrates the interface and how to choose a layout canvas... more/see it nowsize for the attached screen resolution; how to upload media into folders; and how to create and design a screen layout. Also explained: adding zones to the layout canvas, defining the type of content that zones will play, resizing zones, adding content to layouts, and more. collapse

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  • USB 2.0 Hub Manual
    Manual for the IC147A-R3 and IC148A
 

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  • USB%X96DVI/VGA Adapter Quick Start Guide
    Quick Start Guide for AC1039A-R3 (Version 1)
 

DisplayPort cable.

DisplayPort is a digital video interface that was designed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) in 2006 and has been produced since 2008. It competes directly with HDMI®. Unlike... more/see it nowHDMI, however, DisplayPort is an open standard with no royalties.

This digital interface is used primarily between a computer and a monitor or a high-definition television and is built into many computer chipsets produced today. It’s incredibly versatile, with the capability to deliver digital video, audio, bidirectional communications, and accessory power over a single connector.

DisplayPort v1.1 supports a maximum of 10.8 Gbps over a 2-meter cable; v1.2 supports up to 21.6 Gbps. DisplayPort v1.2 also enables you to daisychain up to four monitors with only a single output cable. It also offers the future promise of DisplayPort Hubs that would operate much like a USB hub.

The standard DisplayPort connector is very compact and features latches that don’t add to the connector’s size. Unlike HDMI, a DisplayPort connector is easily lockable with a pinch-down locking hood, so it can't be easily dislodged. However, a quick squeeze of the connector releases the latch.

DisplayPort supports cable lengths of up to 15 meters with maximum resolutions at cable lengths up to 3 meters. Bidirectional signaling enables DisplayPort to both send and receive data from an attached device.

With the proper adapters, DisplayPort cable can carry DVI and HDMI signals, although this doesn’t work the other way around—DVI and HDMI cable can’t carry DisplayPort. Because DisplayPort can provide power to attached devices, DisplayPort to HDMI or DVI adapters don’t need a separate power supply.

The Mini DisplayPort (MiniDP or mDP) is a miniatured version of the DisplayPort interface. It carries both digital and analog computer video and audio signals. Apple® introduced the Mini DisplayPort connector in 2008 and it is now on all new Mac® computers. It is also being used in newer PC notebooks. This small form factor connector fully supports the VESA DisplayPort protocol. It is particularly useful on systems where space is at a premium, such as laptops, or to support multiple connectors on reduced height add-in cards.

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Product Data Sheets (pdf)...VGA Video Cable


Black Box Explains...USB.

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) hardware (plug-and-play) standard makes connecting peripherals to your computer easy. USB 1.1, introduced in 1995, is the original USB standard. It has two data rates:... more/see it now12 Mbps and 1.5 Mbps. USB 2.0, or Hi-Speed USB 2.0, was released in 2000. It increased the peripheral-to-PC speed from 12 Mbps to 480 Mbps, or 40 times faster than USB 1.1. This increase in bandwidth enabled the use of peripherals requiring higher throughput, such as CD/DVD burners, scanners, digital cameras, and video equipment. It is backward-compatible with USB 1.1.

The newest USB standard, USB 3.0 (or SuperSpeed USB), (2008) provides vast improvements over USB 2.0. It promises speeds up to 4.8 Gbps, nearly ten times that of USB 2.0. USB 3.0 has the flat USB Type A plug, but inside there is an extra set of connectors and the edge of the plug is blue instead of white. The Type B plug looks different with an extra set of connectors.

USB 3.0 adds a physical bus running in parallel with the existing 2.0 bus. USB 3.0 cable contains nine wires, four wire pairs plus a ground. It has two more data pairs than USB 2.0, which has one pair for data and one pair for power. The extra pairs enable USB 3.0 to support bidirectional async, full-duplex data transfer instead of USB 2.0’s half-duplex polling method.

USB 3.0 provides 50% more power than USB 2.0 (150 mA vs 100 mA) to unconfigured devices and up to 80% more power (900 mA vs 500 mA) to configured devices. Also, USB 3.0 conserves more power when compared to USB 2.0, which uses power when the cable isn’t being used. collapse

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  • iCOMPEL%X99 User Guide
    User Manual for the ICSS, ICPS, & ICKP series (Version 9.2.3)
 
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