After showing you the Amazon FireTV Stick as a cost-effective Digital Signage Player, we are now taking a closer look at the next Plug and Play solution, that is only the size of a chocolate bar: the ASUS Chromebit (B014C).
You can connect the Chrome OS Mini-PC as an HDMI stick with any screen or device that has an HDMI port. This doesn’t just make the installation user-friendly: the 12cm long player is almost invisible behind your screen and doesn’t need any additional hardware. The Chromebit comes with a flexible HDMI cable. This is very practical, because ports that are hard to reach, depending on which monitor you use, are no longer a problem with this great extension. The attached stick-on hoop-and-loop fasteners complete the easy set-up.
To use the ASUS Chromebit and have access to the Chrome Web Store, you have to set up your stick with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. You also need a Google account to use this device. Next, you can download any Digital Signage Player App and use the Chromebit as a fully functioning Digital Signage Player.
The ASUS Chromebit costs around 100€, twice the price of the FireTV stick or the Chromecast Streaming Dongle, but the Chromebit Digital Signage Player was developed and specifically designed to be used in a professional setting.
Chromebit Digital Signage: Technical Details
- Operating System: Chrome OS
- Resolution: Up to 1080p (Full HD)
- Connection: WiFi 2.4GHz & 5GHz
- Internal storage: 16GB
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- CPU: Rockchip 1.8GHz
- Bluetooth: Yes
- After you attached the ASUS Chromebit to your screen and connected it to a keyboard and mouse, you have to choose your basic settings: Language, keyboard settings, and network connection.
- During the next step, you have to log in to your Google account. Important: Before you enter this information you have to activate the kiosk mode. Use the combination CTRL + ALT + K to open the settings for it. You will then be able to confirm the kiosk mode and connect to your Google account.
- As soon as you see the start screen, click on the circle symbol in the lower left corner > All Apps > Chrome App Store. Search for viewneo in the store and download the viewneo Player App for free.
- To autostart the app after the screen is turned on and to protect your player from unwanted access you have to use the kiosk settings for your app. To do that, copy and paste this URL into the Chrome Browser: chrome://extensions. Scroll down to viewneo Player App and copy the ID that is displayed.
- Next, scroll back up and check Developer Mode. Then click on Manage Kiosk Applications and paste the copied ID into the window that opened.
- The last step is to hover over the viewneo App (while in Manage Kiosk Applications) and click on the appropriate button to activate the autostart.
Now you just need to log out in the lower right corner on the start screen. When you do that, the viewneo app will ask you to confirm the permission request for the autostart. After the confirmation, the App will restart and display the activation key. In your viewneo account go to Devices and add this activation key. Now you can use your Chromebit as a Digital Signage Device.
Connect viewneo with your device
If you are familiar with our Content Management System, you know what happens next. If you’re trying out viewneo for the first time, you can get started with your Digital Signage in three easy steps:
- Log in to your viewneo account in the Cloud. If you don’t have an account yet, you can sign up here with your e-mail address and you will get access to the viewneo Content Management System.
- Under the tab Devices on the left side, you add your screen within a device group, by clicking on the + sign. So you can remember which device is connected, it is suggested that you rename it. After that, you just add the activation key you received earlier.
- Your screen will now download a demo playlist automatically – done. Now you can get started, upload content and use over 200 professional templates to create extraordinary digital signage.
Summary: ASUS Chromebit Digital Signage Player
Solid price/performance ratio
Flexible installation without extra hardware
Easy set-up of the Player App
Chrome OS operating system
Native Full-HD resolution
Internal storage of 16GB is not expandable
No professional player for outdoor usage
Bluetooth or USB keyboard is needed for set-up
Google account needed