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Keep in mind that we provide ready-to-use Players for FREE with our Annual Subscriptions for all your screens! No tech stuff required, just place your order.

Prerequisites

Make sure that you have everything you need:

  1. Raspberry Pi 2 or Raspberry Pi 3 (it might also work on a Raspberry Pi 1 and Zero, details here).
  2. SD Card, Class 10, at least 4GB in size, 8GB recommended (2.5GiB used by software, the rest for Media storage).
  3. Power Supply Unit (PSU) for the Raspberry Pi (5V/2.5A for the Pi 3, 5V/2A for the Pi 2)
  4. An SD card reader.

Some extra stuff you might need:

  1. You probably need a case for the Raspberry Pi. Any plastic case will do. Metal cases are fine and provide better heat dissipation, but it may interfere with the onboard WiFi reception.
  2. You will need an HDMI screen, which can be any TV or PC monitor with an HDMI input. This is not required to build the player, but I guess that you will need it to actually see something, right?
  3. To register and use a Player, you also need Internet access. So, make sure you have an Internet connection available.
  4. You might need an Ethernet cable.

Creating a Yodeck Player based on Raspberry Pi

To create a Player, you need to have a Raspberry Pi. If you do not know what a Raspberry Pi is, then you have some reading to do.

If you have everything you need, then here are the instructions to prepare the Player.

  1. Download the Yodeck SD image
  2. Unzip the zip file you downloaded and save the unzipped image file in your hard drive.
  3. Download Etcher and install it. Etcher is an awesome SD card image writing/verification tool that works on Windows, Mac and Linux. If you don't know what Etcher is, please check this guide here.
  4. Put the SD card into your SD card reader.
  5. Run Etcher, and select the unzipped image file from your hard drive, and then select the SD card to write the image to.
  6. After Etcher completes, it will prompt you for to remove the card. Place the card in the Pi.
  7. Connect your Raspberry Pi via HDMI to your TV/Monitor.
  8. Power up the Raspberry Pi and wait for the initialization process to complete. It may take up to 10' to finish.
  9. Upon completion, you should see a message on the screen connected to the Pi, showing either a Registration Code or a message with a connectivity error (in case there is no Internet access).
  10. Make sure you do not remove the power from the Pi until you see one of these message screens. At all times, if the Player is showing a blinking message in the bottom-right corner of the screen ("Loading", "Configuring", "Downloading", etc), you should not remove power to minimize the risk of interrupting a critical procedure.

Registering a Player on your Account

After you create a Player, you will need to register the Player to your Yodeck Account.

  1. Login to your Yodeck Account.
  2. If you have already created a Monitor entry, click on the blue edit icon on that Monitor entry. If not, create a new Monitor entry by using the "Add" button.
  3. In the "Registration Code" field, type in the Registration Code you see on the Player's screen. If there is an error message on the screen, then you are probably having networking issues. Try using an ethernet cable, or follow this troubleshooting guide.
  4. After a minute or so, your Player should register with your Yodeck Account and it should start showing content on screen.

Internet Access Issues

If you get an error message saying that your Player cannot access the Internet, then your network might require some configuration to get online (e.g. WiFi access, proxy, etc).

It is recommended that you first get your Player online through a simple wired connection and then configure everything you need through the Yodeck Portal. Else, have a look at the Manual Configuration Guide so that you can manually configure your Player. 

Need Help?

The Yodeck Support Team can help you out! Reach out!

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    how do you create a player for PC? 

    1. Since our last update, we dropped support PC/Ubuntu-based Players. We can still provide a PC Player for special-purpose projects. 99.99% of our users were using a Raspberry Pi Player, so there was point in maintaining a PC-based Player.