Create your own Yodeck player!
If you need to create your own Player, then you are on the right spot. Keep in mind though that this process requires some basic IT skills.
Creating a Yodeck Player based on Raspberry Pi
To create a Player, you need to have a Raspberry Pi.
What is the Raspberry Pi?
Make sure that you have everything you need:
- Raspberry Pi, any version
Strongly Recommended: Raspberry Pi 4 (all three versions: 1GB, 2GB, 4GB)
We recommend the 4GB model for displaying playlists of multiple web pages or web dashboards, for other usages e.g. video/images/etc, 2GB is fine.
- Fully Supported: Raspberry Pi 3 B+, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module
- For all other versions, please click here.
- SD Card (known branding), Class 10, at least 4GB in size, 8GB recommended (2.5GB used by software, the rest for Media storage)
- Power Supply Unit (PSU) for the Raspberry Pi
(Pi4: 5V/3A, Pi3: 5V/2.5A, Pi2: 5V/2A)
- An SD card reader
Some extra stuff you might need
- You probably need a case for the Raspberry Pi. Any plastic case will do. Metal cases are fine and provide better heat dissipation.
- 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?
- To register and use a Player, you also need Internet access. So, make sure you have an Internet connection available.
- You might need an Ethernet cable.
Preparing the player's SD card with the Yodeck Software image
If you have everything you need, then here are the instructions to prepare the Yodeck Player.
IMPORTANT Notes for Raspberry Pi 4
Make sure to read our Notes first for the Raspberry Pi 4
- Unzip the zip file you downloaded and save the unzipped image file in your hard drive.
If you don't know how to unzip a file please check this guide here.
- 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.
- Remove the SD card from the Raspberry Pi, put the SD card into your SD card reader and insert it into your PC/Laptop.
If there are any windows popping up on your screen upon placing the SD card on your PC/Laptop, just ignore them and close all of them.
- Run Etcher, and select the unzipped Yodeck image file from your hard drive, select the SD card to write the image to, and then click the "Flash!" button.
Etcher will automatically detect your SD card on your PC/Laptop.
- After Etcher completes, it will prompt you to remove the SD card. Remove the SD card and place it back into the Raspberry Pi.
- Connect your Raspberry Pi via HDMI to your TV/Monitor and also connect it with an Ethernet cable.
The below picture is displaying the Raspberry Pi 4B.
If you don't have an Ethernet cable to use and you want to use a WiFi connection instead, please follow this guide here.
- Power up the Raspberry Pi and wait for the initialization process to complete. It may take up to 5'-10' to finish.
- 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).
- Make sure you do not remove the power from the Raspberry 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.
- Login to your Yodeck Account.
If you do not have a Yodeck account yet, create one for free.
- Go to "Monitors".
- Click on the edit icon
If you do not have created a Monitor entry on your account, click the "+Add Monitor" button. on that Monitor entry.
- In the "Registration Code" field, type in the Registration Code you see on the Player's TV screen and click the "Save" button.
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.
- After a minute or so, your Player should register with your Yodeck Account and it should start showing content on the 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 (Ethernet cable) and then configure everything you need through the Yodeck Portal. Otherwise, have a look at the Manual Configuration Guide so that you can manually configure your Player.
On the other hand, if you do not have an Ethernet cable to use and you want to use a WiFi connection instead, please follow this guide here.
The Yodeck Support Team can help you out! Reach out!