How to: Simple File Network setup with BrightAuthor:connected.

Setting up a player with Simple File Networking

From the BrightAuthor:connected Dashboard select New Device Setup or navigate to Admin > Device Setup to set up a new device. 

The BrightAuthor:connected New Device Setup allows you to configure the network settings of your BrightSign player and the URL that the player will check for content updates. 

  1. Navigate to Device Type and select Simple File Networking.
  2. Enter the URL that corresponds to the location where your files are accessible in the URL for Web Folder field.
  3. (Optional) Enter a User Name and Password to enable digest authentication between the BrightSign player and the server.
  4. Click on Save Setup Files to write the network. Then, unzip the setup folder that was created and transfer the setup files to a blank SD card. 
  5. Insert the SD card in your BrightSign player and power it on. 


Note: Only check the Enable Basic Authentication box if it is absolutely required by the configuration of your server. This option causes the player to pass credentials to the web server in unsecured packets. 

At this stage, the BrightSign player will run a network configuration script and attempt to download the presentation from the specified HTTP web server.

Depending on the size of your published presentation and the quality of the internet connection, this step could take some time to complete. Once completed, the player should begin playback of the published presentation. 

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    Do the web server is required for simple file networking ?

    Does it works with NAS ?




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    Charles - S-Connect


    it does not explain SFN from a FTP server!



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    Kelly Tompkins

    I am publishing 5 different presentations to five units. When I autoschedule each site it is not saving the schedule uniquely for that player to run from the Simple File Network location.

    For instance, we will name each brightsign player 1 2 3 4 and 5. Each player has its own folder where the auto schedule should be published. When you go to publish the schedule for unit number three it will save. When you go to publish to unit number to which you already saved the schedule for it then pulls the location for unit number 3's autoschedule.

    How do you get around this? Each unit needs its own schedule per the unique presentation.

    Why doesn't a Simple File Network publish like the Local Network publications do? This is what I need.

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    Matthew Galvin

    Each Brightsign player needs a unique URL in order to get a different presentation. So if you are managing device01, device02, etc. you would set up and 

    In my opinion the differentiation between save presentation and publish presentation is really poorly understood by Bright Sign users, and the poor support documentation (like this post) doesn't really help the situation.

    I recommend looking at the code generated by both a save operation and a publish operation to really understand what is going on. It's pretty straightforward in the code, but really poorly documented here, which is why Moki, Cisco, etc. are making a killing with managed solutions.

    At a certain point BrightSign Network (subscription), Moki (paid) and Cisco (big paid) are each competing to charge for features that should be included out of the box.

    The fact that we're still even talking about sending passwords in cleartext . . . serious eyeroll.

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    Fabien Touche

    I keep trying for ages with a synology drive NAS, dropbox, nothing works !!! no help no support, I'm fed up.



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