Quick Installation Guide – MAWi Spacewall

MAWi platform consists of a single ‘MAWi Server’ installation, that can control multiple ‘MAWi Client’ instances. 

In this guide, we will walk you through the installation process of MAWi platform.

 

The process consists of 3 steps:

 

1. Installing MAWi Server

2. Installing MAWi Client

3. Installing one of the connectivity variations:

MAWi ZERO, MAWi Spacewall, MAWi Standalone or MAWi USB, according to the connectivity scenario you are about to implement in your set up.

In this guide, we will walk you through the installation process of MAWi Spacewall variant.

MAWi Server – Installation Guide

MAWi Server runs an IIS Web app and a database that is running over MS SQL Server.

Watch this video for a full installation process of MAWi Server or read this section on our complete installation guide.

Please note:

In case you have just a single site you can choose to install both, MAWi Server and MAWi Client, on the same PC or virtual machine.

System Requirements

Windows® 10 64bit PRO or Enterprise, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016, Server 2019

The MAWi Server can be installed on a PC or a VM and can also reside on the same machine with MAWi Client.

Intel Dual Core or AMD with similar capabilities. Core i5 of the latest generation is recommended.

If used on a virtual machine, assign at least 2 vCores.

At least 4GB.

Gigabit Ethernet network is recommended.

 

Communication with the server-side is done over port 60668

Communication with the client-side is done over port 60669

Those ports can be changed.

 

Static IP is recommended.

1. During the installation process, the installer will download the following components from the Internet:

 

– .NET Framework 3.5

– SQL Server 2014 Express

– Node JS v12

– Web Platform plugin

– Rewrite URL for IIS

Offline installation

In case you wish to install the above components manually please read this guide.

 2. In case you’ve installed MAWi Server on Windows10 OS, IIS Express is also installed and its console must run in the background at all times. Do not close this window

MAWi Client – Installation Guide

MAWi Client can be either installed on a PC or a virtual machine, connected to a single display or multiple displays.

Watch this video for a full installation process of MAWi Client or read this section on our complete installation guide.

Please note:

In case you have just a single site you can choose to install both, MAWi Server and MAWi Client, on the same PC or virtual machine.

System Requirements

Windows® 10 32/64bit, Server 2016/19

MAWi Client can run on a PC or a virtual machine (VM) that is connected to one or more monitors

 

The monitors can be connected directly or via a multi-display video card, LAN-based zero clients, Android-based devices or USB to HDMI adapters.

Intel Dual Core or AMD with similar capabilities. Core i5 or Core i7, the latest generation is usually recommended.

For Video Walls we would recommend using a standard Core i7, latest generation.

In addition, for better performance, we would recommend adding a single graphic display adaptor from NVIDIA or AMD,

which will off-load the CPU’s graphic processor. Read more here

At least 4GB.

Please check our system configuration guide  for more information.

Gigabit Ethernet network is recommended for the connection between the zero clients and host PC. The host PC can connect to the server via wifi.

 

MAWi Client Connects over the default port no. 60668 to MAWi Server. This port number can be changed.

During the installation process, the installer will download the following components from the Internet:

 

– VLC Media Playe v3

– PowerPoint Viewer

MAWi Spacewall – Installation Guide

MAWi Spacewall utilizes a software kit that turns any Android device into powerful AV-over-IP gear for digital signage and video wall setups in a simple, cost-effective way.

 

On this guide, we will walk you through the process of installing and configuring your host PC to run with our MAWi Player android box.

Please follow the three steps below:

System Requirements

1. Go through our System Specification page and make sure your PC is qualified for your needs.

2. Make sure your PC is updated with all the recent drivers and security updates. Especially with the most up to date drivers for the display adaptor installed on your machine.

 

 

If you are using Intel HD graphics go to Intel Download Center.

 

If you are using NVIDIA video adaptor go to Nvidia Download section.

 

If you are using AMD video adaptor go to AMD Download section.

3. Make sure the Power Policy settings in your Operating System are disabled so your screens won’t go into blank. In the Control Panel go to – Power Options:

 

Choose when to turn off the display > Set it to Never

Change when the computer sleeps > Set it to Never

 

Also, please disable the screen saver if enabled:

 

Control Panel > Personalized > Click on the Screen Saver icon on the bottom right corner > set it to None

4. In order for Monitors Anywhere to operate properly, the user must be logged in all the time otherwise the Extended Desktop Mode is not operational. You must disable all security options that causes the PC to lock automatically as well.

 

For security measures, you can lock your PC by running an application that will lock the PC, keeping the multi-monitor setup running:

  1. TSL-PRO – Transparent Screen Lock – Professional-grade application from e-motionalOffered for 7 days evaluation.
  2. VBLOCK – Simple tool to lock your screen from VBTools –  Freeware.

For the same reason, you can’t use any remote control apps that control the Remote Session, such as Remote Desktop (RDP).

Only remote control apps that control the Console session can be used, such as:

VNC, Radmin, Dameware, Netsupport manager, TeamViewer, etc…

In order to prevent the mouse pointer from moving to the other desktops, you can lock it in the Primary screen by using this tiny application.

After extracting the file, simply double-click on the EXE file and you will notice there is a new icon on your taskbar that indicates it’s active.

5. Make sure the Taskbar is not showing on the extended screens:

 

  • Right-click on the Taskbar on the primary screen and select Properties
  • Uncheck the box “Show taskbar on all displays”

6. In order for the system to work properly, it requires you to plug a monitor directly to the Host PC (Desktop) via its onboard or external display card.

 

In case you are installing on a Virtual Machine or a Laptop, you can skip this step.

An alternative option is to connect an HDMI\DVI\VGA emulator like this one to eliminate the need to connect a physical screen.

MAWi Spacewall Installation and Configuration

The following steps are for the MAWi Player device but any Android device with the specs below would work as well:

CPU – Amlogic S905X3 Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 @2GHz or similar

GPU – G31-Mali or similar

RAM – 4 GB LPDDR4 or higher

Flash disk – eMMC 32GB or higher

Network – 1GB Ethernet wired LAN and Wifi

If you are not using MAWi Player, please follow the steps in this guide.

 1. Download the latest Spacewall app from here and install it on the same PC you’ve installed MAWi Client application:

2. Connect the MAWi Player devices to the screens with the HDMI cable.

3. Connect the MAWi Player to the network either with a wired ethernet cable or over wifi.

NOTE:

a.  Once the MAWi Player is connected to the network and a DHCP server is available, it will be automatically assigned with an IP address.

 

b. To assign it with a static IP address go to the Settings of the Android Device > Network & Internet > Ethernet > IP Settings > Static.

 

4. Once the initial setup is done, this menu will appear on the screen. Select Spacedesk.

It will set the Spacedesk app to be launched automatically when the device is rebooted.

 5. Once the spacedesk app started, use the following instructions to set it up:
– Quality/Performance – Rendering Color Depth –
24Bit (RGB 888)
– Connection –
Auto-Reconnect (Checked),
Automatic Connect (Checked),
Automatic Connect to IP – Set with the host PC’s IP address.
After applying the settings above , go back to the main menu and click on the host PC’s IP address from the list.
Once it’s assigned, you will see that the device is set as an extended monitor, showing your desktop’s background image.

6. Configure all screens:

a. Right click on the desktop and select Display settings
b. Make sure scaling is set to 100% in the “Change the size of text…” section.
c. Set the resolution.
d. Make sure Multiple displays is set to “Extend desktop to this display”
e. Repeat the same procedure for all screens connected to your PC.

Setup your system

Start configuring your screens

With the Spacewall app, you can configure your screens to work in Extended mode (for showing different content on different screens), Mirror mode (for duplicating content on multiple screens), and Video Wall mode (for spanning content on multiple screens or splitting the video wall into multiple zones, in a grid or creative layouts).

Here is how to set up the screens in a video wall layout:
– Open the Spacewall app
– Click on ‘Identify screens’ to map and align your video wall screens.
– Drag-and-drop the screens to the Video Wall Mode area to set up your video wall.
– Set the Resolution per screen property to define the overall resolution of your video wall.
– Set the Bezel correction properties (measured in pixels).
– Untick the ‘Align to grid’ checkbox to set up a creative video wall, with screens in any angle and aspect ratio.
When done, click on the Apply button to apply your settings.

Identify and Rename the screens

First, click on the Identify screens button.

To rename the screen according to its current location or usage,

right-click on its thumbnail.

Please note

IDs will not appear on the primary screen of your PC, but only on the extended desktops.

Play a PowerPoint presentation on multiple screens

1. Create a new playlist and give it a name

2. Add a new item to the playlist

3. Browse your computer for the PPT file

4. Press on the Finish button

5. Select the screens, drag and drop the playlist on their thumbnails

6. Press Play

Click here for the guide on how to set up your slideshow for our system.

Please note that MAWi Client installs the PowerPoint Viewer by default.

* In the same way, you can have each screen showing a different presentation.

Play Google Slides presentations on multiple screens

1. Create a Google Slide presentation

2. Publish it (File > Publish to the web)

– select the time between slides.

– Tick the ‘Start slideshow as soon as the player loads’ option.

– Tick the ‘Restart the slideshow after the last slide’ option.

3. Copy the published presentation’s link.

4. Create a new playlist and give it a name

5. Add a new item to the playlist

6. Select the URL tab > Paste the link > Set to open in full screen and Save.

7. Press on the Finish button

8. Select the screens, drag and drop the playlist on their thumbnails

9. Press Play

Click here for the guide on how to set up your slideshow for our system.

* In the same way, you can have each screen showing a different presentation.

Open websites on multiple screens

1. Create a new playlist and give it a name

2. Add a new item to the playlist and select the URL tab

3. Type your URL, tick the “Open in full screen” box and Save

4. Press on the Finish button

5. Select the screens, drag and drop the playlist on their thumbnails

6. Press Play

* In the same way, you can have each screen showing a different URL.

Play videos on multiple screens

1. Create a new playlist and give it a name

2. Browse your computer for the video file

3. Select VLC Media Player to play the video

4. Press on the Finish button

5. Select the screens, drag and drop the playlist on their thumbnails

6. Press Play

Please note that MAWi Client installs the VLC Media Player by default.

* In the same way, you can have each screen playing a different video.

Set up a video wall for a Command center, a Control room, NOCs, or SOCs

Start by setting up the video wall layout with the Displays Configuration tool and follow the instructions in this guide to start adding sources and configure your video wall’s layouts.

For more information:

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