How to install and configure a Databeat OMNIPlay3

Databeat OMNIplay3 is an external Android-based digital signage media player that is dedicated to the DatabeatOMNI application. In this article, we will show how you can install and configure an OMNIPlay3 (OP3)

If you or your company are not already using the Screen Publishing Platform DatabeatOMNI, now is the time to do so. DatabeatOMNI is an online network service, signup and login here. We strongly recommend you sign up and login using your company's Office 365 or Microsoft account for security and simplicity. (Google G-suite login available early May 2019).

In DatabeatOMNI you create channels and upload content, define schedules, create players (to get license keys) etc. Any Databeat OMNIplay mediaplayer (like the OP3) subscribes to a Channel defined in DatabeatOMNI. Your valid licensekey will also be created and can be found in DatabeatOMNI.

Content in the article

  • Preparation
  • Installation and configuring
  • Network connection
  • OMNIplay3 as Device administrator
  • Date, Time and Display
  • The configuration of license key

Preparation

To install and configure an OMNIplay3 you will need the following:

  • A screen with HDMI input
  • HDMI cable
  • Power adapter
  • OMNIplay3 remote control or USB mouse/keyboard
  • Network connectivity
  • License key or PlayerID
The installation will take between 1-4 minutes to complete. Using a USB mouse and keyboard can help reduce installation and configuration time.

Installation & Configuration

Connect the OMNIplay3 media player with a power source and HDMI cable to a screen.

Under the box, there will be weak blue light if OMNIplay3 obtains power.

Change the input of the screen to the HDMI input you connected the OMNIplay3 to with an HDMI cable. Below, is the first screen image that you will see.

Installation of OMNIPlayer3

The first thing you do is to go to Settings.

• Click on Configure as shown in the image above. (Double click if using USB mouse)

In Settings, you will have access to control and to limit a series of features. In Settings, there are two stages that need to be completed.

Step 1: How to connect the OMNIplayer3 to a network

When it comes to network connectivity, we have the following two choices;

Wired connection

We recommend connecting the OMNIplay3 with a wired connection in because of greater network stability. With this alternative, you have to connect an RJ45 cable directly in the OMNIplay3. Please doublecheck that the ethernet setting is enabled and connection is working.

• Wireless connection

In the occasion where a wired connection is not available, it is possible to connect the OMNIplay3 via a Wi-Fi / wireless connection also.

Under the Wireless & networks category, you will find the Wi-Fi menu item.

OMNIPlayer3 Settings

• Click on Wi-Fi and enable Wi-Fi in the top right corner. A list of available networks appears.

If no list of networks appear, please ensure that Wi-Fi is On and that the OMNIplay3 device is in within range of the router/access point you are trying to connect. A radio button in the top right corner will indicate if Wi-Fi is Off (Grey) or On (Green-ish).

• Select your network, enter the password, and connect.

Tip: Click Advanced options if you need to setup a Proxy or specific IP settings.

Verify that you are connected to your network and go back to the Settings menu by clicking the return arrow or right-click once if using a USB mouse.

OMNIplayer Wifi Settings

Step 2: How to activate OMNIplay3 as a device administrator

To prevent an unwanted message to pop up on the screen and enable the software to update correctly after configuration, we must go into Security settings and ensure that OMNIplayer is a Device administrator.

• Click Security in the settings menu, under the category Personal.

Click Device Administrators.

OMNIplay Security settings

In Device administrator you must ensure that the checkbox for OMNIplayer is checked and active. If not then you need to activate:

• Click on the checkbox for OMNIplayer and choose Activate.

OMNIplayer Device administrator

Tip: Right-click with the PC mouse to go back. From the image above, it will take 2 mouse clicks in order to go back to Settings menu.

NB! You may be interrupted by an application update.
The update may begin automatically in the background after you connect to a network and your device will restart after installing it. After the restart and to complete the update you may be prompted with a message where you need click to Decline (recommended) or Accept Google's device security settings.

Tip: You will only be prompted with this message once pr. device and if no answer is given then OMNIplay3 will retry the update again, so do it quickly!

Step 3: Set correct Date & Time and check display settings

Ensure that Automatic Date & Time and Automatic time zone settings are off

  • Go to the Settings menu and select Date & Time.
  • Set Automatic date & time and Automatic timezone to off.

If radio button on the right side is grey, that means that it is off.

  • Go back to the Settings menu and select Display

If your OMNIplay3 device has Android 7.1 the options will be unavailable and you can skip to Step 4.

  • Verify that the option Show the rotation button in the status bar is set to on.

  • Verify that Hide Statusbar is set to on.

  • Exit Settings and go back to the Configure page of the OMNIplay3.

Great! You are now done with the required settings. The OMNIplay3 device has a network connection, the app is activated as a Device administrator and has the correct Date & Time settings.

    Step 4: How to configure the license key on OMNIplay3

    In order to link an OMNIplay3 with your DatabeatOMNI account, a license key must be activated on the OMNIplay3. You should have your license key ready and continue.

    The license key is unique and can only be used with one single device. The license key usually consists of six letters, four numbers, and a final letter. Ex. NOABCD0001A

    You can find your active license keys or order new license keys in DatabeatOMNI.

    1. Log in to your DatabeatOMNI account on www.databeat.net.
    2. Click the Locations tab, select the location the OMNIplay3 should be linked to.
    3. Click the OMNIplayers tab on the right and you will see all active license keys.
      If you need to order then click the top right + icon and continue in OMNIstore.
    • Ensure that you are on the Configure page of the OMNIplay3 as pictured below.
    OMNIPlay3 how to set up license key
    • Type in your license key and then click Save.
      (NB! Do not select Beta or Private Server.)
    When you click Save, you will be notified to check Device administrator settings as pictured below. Since you already did this in step 2, you can click Close.

      Compleating the configuration of OMNIplay3

      • Click the Restart button and click OK to confirm restart.
        (Restart button is the circular arrow icon as pictured below)
      Reboting the OMNIplay3

       

      Configuration is now complete!

      The OMNIplay3 will now restart and download the set configuration from DatabeatOMNI. The content in the subscribed channel will need some time to download first and then play automatically. The time needed depends on the content in the channel and network speed.

      Finishing the set up of the OMNIplay3

       

      Now you are done with the installation and configuration of the OMNIplay3.

      You can use the OMNIplay3 remote control or log into DatabeatOMNI in order to administer and control what type of content that will be shown on the screen. Or check our related article on how to administer and change a channel on the OMNIplay3.