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Repeat Signage licencing

You will need one licence for every computer that is playing Repeat Signage presentations.  For example, you have a computer in your reception area attached to a plasma screen and this is playing a Repeat Signage presentation welcoming visitors.   You will need one Repeat Signage licence.  You may be designing and updating the reception presentation from another office computer via your network but you do NOT need a licence to do this.  On the updating computer, simply download the Repeat Signage evaluation version and use that instead.  The only difference between the evaluation and a licenced version is that do don't seen a ghosted evaluation image over your presentation after playing it for 10 minutes.

Take a look at the following PDF diagram to see how to use Repeat Signage Standard (and above editions) over a network and at the bottom of this diagram it showing you how many licences would be needed:

         http://www.repeatsoftware.com/Help/RepeatSignageNetworkExample.pdf


Dual monitor and quad monitor support and licensing

The Standalone edtion only supports 1 monitor.

The Standard edition allows the use of two monitors on one computer.  Many new graphics cards in computers have connections for two monitors.  Repeat Signage Standard allows you to display information across two machines, or play different presentations on each screen.  You only need one licence for a computer with two monitors.  

Dual monitor support is designed for when you have two monitors next to each other, i.e. when you are making a small video wall, and spreading a presentation across two or more monitors.  If you have two screens in the same room, you can also play one presentation on one screen and one on another screen providing the graphics card in your machine provides dual monitor support.  The difficulty is that presentations have to be designed very carefully, avoiding heavy use of video, as your computer will have a lot of work to do displaying different presentations on different monitors.  In some cases, there are also issues with playing videos on second screens, especially HD videos. It is best that you can see both screens at the same time so that you can trouble shoot any problems.

Dual monitor playing presentations is NOT recommended when screens will be in different rooms.

The Media Wall edition supports up to 4 monitors and is ideal for easily creating videos walls.



Saving money on licencing and computers

In a hotel, for example, you may want to display the same presentation is multiple locations, such as a bar, reception and function room.  The point here is the SAME presentation.  Instead of having:

3 x Repeat Signage licences
3 x Windows computers for playing Repeat Signage on
3 x Plasma screens or large LCD monitors

you could use:

1 x Repeat Signage licence
1 x Windows computer for playing Repeat Signage on (you will need need a monitor attached so you can see what is happening)
3 x Plasma screens or large LCD monitors
1 x 4 port video splitter
4 x cabling from computer to screens (10m limit for VGA cables or you can use video signal extenders)

On a desktop computer, you connect the computer's monitor (or plasma screen or LCD monitor) through the monitor port on the back on the system. You can purchase video splitters that connect to your computer's monitor port and then split the signal so that multiple screens can be connected to the video splitter so that the computer's image is displayed on multiple screens. Dual splitters are available for as little as 25 plus VAT and 4 port splitters from 35 (UK) plus VAT. Monitor cables have around a 10m limit, so you could connect a 10m monitor cable from the computer to the splitter and then use 10m cables to place the screens in different areas. Using video signal extenders, such as ones that use Cat5 cabling, can be used so that the screens can be placed at much larger distances from the computer.

So back to our hotel example, it is possible to display the same presentation, without spending a lot of money on computers and licences, in multiple rooms.   In other organisations, playing the same presentation in different places would not be appropriate in which case you will need a computer, Repeat Signage licence and display screen in each place.  However, you can still consider using splitters in some areas.  For example, in a bar, you could have several screens around the bar area and it may well be appropriate to have the same content on each, so you could use a video splitter in just that location to save money.  In bars, screens are often used to display menu information and details of upcoming events.

Note - Most local electricians are fully trained in computer network cable installation, or laying video cables, which is no more complicated that dealing with electrical wires.  Electricians will also install brackets for plasma screens, projectors and LCD monitors, etc.