Quick Installation Guide – MAWi ZERO

Quick Installation Guide – MAWi ZERO

Quick Installation Guide

 MAWi ZERO

 

 

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

MAWi Agent is installed on a PC or a VM that is connected to single or multiple screens that you want to control and play content on them.

Each MAWi Agent can be installed on a different network or site and connected to the MAWi Server, allowing you to centrally manage and control all screens from a single web-based dashboard.


                      

Please note

MAWi Server and MAWi Client can be installed on the same PC in case you have just one site.

To download the MAWi installer click here

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



The process consists of 2 steps:

 

1. Installing MAWi Agent and/or MAWi Server.

2. Installing the MAWi Zero additional steps.

 

 

 

MAWi Agent – Installation Guide

 

MAWi Agent 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.

 

In the installation process, when selecting the MAWi Agent component you will need to select ‘Install additional drivers for MAWi Zero’ which are necessary for the basic operation of the zero clients.

Please remember to tick this box! 

In case you didn’t tick the box during the installation process, the OSBASE drivers are also available here.

You can name the location in the installation process or do it later in the settings of the MAWi Agent.



 

If installing only the MAWi Agent component, enter here the IP address or hostname of your MAWi Server and leave the port number on 60668.



 

 System Requirements

 

Operating System



Windows® 10/11 32/64bit, Server 2012/16/19/22

MAWi Agent 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.

 

CPU



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

 

Memory



At least 4GB.

Please check our system configuration guide  for more information.

 

Network


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

 

Additional Requirements

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

 – VLC Media Player v3

– PowerPoint Viewer

 

 

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.

 

When selecting to install MAWi Server, it will check if the MS SQL Server is installed on the machine.

If it’s not, it will automatically download and install SQL Server 2014 Express instance on your machine.

You can also select to install on a remote DB Server.


 

 

MAWi ZERO – Installation Guide

 

MAWi ZERO uses HDMI over LAN zero client adapters as the endpoints that connect to the screens.

 

On this guide, we will walk you through the process of installing and configuring your host PC to run with our zero clients.

 

Step 1: 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 our system for a video wall layout with Windows10 build 1809, please use one of the following drivers:

Option1 (DCH)

Option2 (non-DCH)

 

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-motional – Offered 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.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Zero Client Installation and Configuration

 

The following steps are for the following devices:

Centerm – C75 V1, V2, V3

ThinGLOBAL – MiniPoint DS Series

Atrust – m320 or m321

HP – T200

Lenkeng – LKV376 (PC to HDMI over LAN)

Phistek – ZE6000 or ZE5000


1.     Download the Network USB Utility below and install it. Follow the steps of the setup and finally reboot your system.

https://monitorsanywhere.com/download/Tools/Network_USB_Service_Setup_14_0904_1103.zip

2. Connect the HDMI over LAN zero client to a monitor and a LAN connection on the same subnet of the host computer. Make sure the HDMI over LAN zero client is connected to a power supply and the indication LED is ON.

NOTE:

1.                If a DHCP server is available, the Zero Client will be automatically assigned with an IP address. Otherwise, its default address will be 10.0.0.225

2.               To assign a static IP to the zero client, select the device from the list and click on the Configuration button. more information

3.               If you need to place the zero clients on different VLANs, check this guide on how to set it up.


 

3. Start the program “Network USB Setting” by clicking on the following icon



 

The program presents all available Zero Clients found on the local network and allows you to connect to relevant hardware.

Select the device and click “Assign to this PC”This operation will extend the host PC’s desktop to the monitor which is connected to the Zero Client.


 

NOTE:

 

1. This operation will cause the zero clients to automatically re-connect to the host PC on every reboot.

 

2. If the zero client’s status is showing: Assignment: Other PC Please press on the “Clear PC assignment” button and repeat previous step.

 

3. To rename the zero client to something more meaningful, for example: the physical location of the unit, or assign a fixed IP address, click on “Configuration” and enter new name / all network details. Zero client cannot be assigned to the PC for this task, “Clear PC assignment” first, modify, then re-assign when changes have been made.

 4. 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.


 



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