I’ll try to explain briefly how the players activate, which methods are available for activating them, and why this is a necessary step.
How to activate players
Note that this is a preference. Essentially, the below methods are two sides of the same coin. And they achieve the same result.
There are two main ways to activate them;
1) Automatic activation
You can scan a QR code with a smart phone, or use the BrightAuthor:connected Admin console and an activation code. Click Activate Device on your BrightAuthor:connected dashboard and enter the Activation Code that appears on the purple screen of your connected display
2) Manual activation
You can directly add the player’s serial number by hand under Admin > Device Provisioning. This is also a valid way to activate the players.
Pros and Cons
You may find that you’re closer to these screens and it’s more intuitive to activate them automatically, or there could be situations where you’re not nearby the players at the time and have the serial numbers already prepared. You could find the manual activation approach more effective, especially if you’re provisioning a large number of players where they could be needing to be distributed to various stores etc. at different locations.
Why is player activation needed
For Cloud connected (Control and Content) players to be deployable over the internet players use the B-Deploy mechanism. And this mechanism must have a record (registration) of the player to allow its communication to its servers.