Cisco Systems 4305G Home Theater Server User Manual

QUICK START
Quick Start Guide for
Cisco Digital Media Player 4305G
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Checking the Package Contents
Finding a Suitable Location to Set Up Your DMP
Participating in a DHCP Network
Connecting to a DMP Display
Connecting to an AC Socket
Checking the LEDs
Logging in to DMPDM and Changing its Passwords
Configuring Video Output
Setting Up Centralized Management
Learning About the Remote Control for DMPs
Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security
Guidelines
Revised: July 10, 2008
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For information about supported features, see the
Release Notes for Cisco Digital Media System on
Cisco.com.
Glossary
Cisco Digital Media System (Cisco DMS) is a family of
products and technologies, including the ones that this
guide describes.
A Digital Media Player (DMP) is a compact, solid state,
addressable network device that delivers digital signage content
and enterprise TV content to a DMP display, which is any
directly attached television screen or other kind of monitor or
projector that shows media to an audience. The display might
be analog or digital and might be standard-definition or
high-definition.
Digital Media Player Device Manager (DMPDM) is a
web-based graphical user interface to configure one DMP
during its initial setup, to manage one DMP in isolation, and to
deliver your media to one DMP display. DMPDM is served from
the DMP that it manages.
System administrators, content managers, and graphic designers
use a Digital Media Manager (DMM) software module
called DMM-DSM to centrally manage their network of DMP
devices, organize and bind assets together for signage, design
layouts, and deliver media to DMP displays. Features of the
separately licensed DMM-ETV software module help you to
deliver VoDs and live television broadcasts over IP networks,
configure an on-screen electronic program guide (EPG), manage
subscriptions to EPG data provider services, and program the
remote control for DMPs.
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Learn More
To learn more about DMS products, related technologies, and
Cisco in general:
Description
Go To
DMS overview
http://www.cisco.com/go/dms
Release notes for
Cisco DMS products
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/
ps6681/prod_release_notes_list.html
User documentation
for Cisco DMS
products
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/p
s6681/products_documentation_roadm
aps_list.html
FAQs and
troubleshooting
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/p
s6681/prod_troubleshooting_guides_lis
t.html
Cisco Academy of
Digital Signage
http://www.cisco.com/go/dms/ads
My Tech Support
(registration
required)
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/ts
d_my_tech_support.html
Cisco Service
Contract Center
http://www.cisco.com/web/partners/ser
vices/resources/cscc/index.html
Cisco Security
Advisories
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/p
roducts_security_advisories_listing.html
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Checking the Package Contents
The product package for one DMP 4305G should contain all of
the following:
• A proof of purchase certificate that contains important
legal information, which you should keep.
• This quick start guide and other product documentation.
• One DMP 4305G.
• Two signal cables:
– HDMI
– Composite/RCA
• One AC adapter and four snap-on plugs.
If anything is missing from the package or appears to be
defective, contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC).
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Finding a Suitable Location to Set Up
Your DMP
The site where you set up a DMP must be within 6 feet of an AC
electrical outlet (socket) that uses the standard voltage level for
your locale, which must be within the range between 100V and
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240V. To understand the supported lengths for different video
cable types, see the “Connecting to a DMP Display” section on
page 8.
Environmental Tolerance Ranges
The DMP 4305G is intended for indoor use.
Temperature1
US Customary Unit
Modern Metric Unit
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
Operating —
long-term or
short-term
41°F
104°F
5°C
40°C
Nonoperating
or storage
–4°F
140°F
–20°C
60°C
Relative Humidity2
Min.
Max.
Operating,
nonoperating,
and storage
20 percent
85 percent
Altitude3
US Customary Unit
Modern Metric Unit
Min.
Max.
Min.
0 feet
13,780
feet
0 meters 4,200
meters
Operating,
nonoperating,
and storage
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Max.
1. Ambient.
2. Noncondensing; ambient.
3. Above sea level.
3 Participating in a DHCP Network
The factory default for a DMP 4305G is to obtain its IP address
automatically from a DHCP server.
If you will deploy your DMP at a physical location that does not
have a DHCP server and you must configure your DMP to use
a static IP address, complete the “Preconfiguring Your DMP To
Run Without a Local DHCP Server” procedure in the user guide
on Cisco.com for the version of DMPDM that you use:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/
products/ps7220/products_user_guide_list.html.
Tip
If a network security policy restricts DHCP address
assignments to network interface cards with known
MAC addresses, read the sticker that is affixed to the
bottom of your DMP chassis, then provide your
security policy administrator with the MAC address.
Step 1
Plug one end of an ordinary Ethernet cable into the
Ethernet 10/100 port on the back of the DMP chassis.
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Step 2
Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into a network
hub, network switch, or router that participates in a
DHCP network.
4 Connecting to a DMP Display
We recommend that you use a digital display, not analog. For
the type of digital display, we recommend LCD, not plasma.
Digital signage uses static images more often than it uses
full-motion video. Most often, content is web-based or
animated in Flash. The nature of these media types means that
some pixels are not updated frequently in digital signage. Given
that LCDs are less susceptible to burn-in than plasma displays
are, LCD displays are the superior choice for digital signage.
Even though image persistence is sometimes a problem on LCD
displays, it is almost always self-correcting and is unlikely to
occur if you follow manufacturer guidelines for managing your
displays correctly.
If NEC is your preferred manufacturer for LCD displays, we
recommend these NEC models:
• 32" — MultiSync® LCD3210
• 40" — Either of these:
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– MultiSync® LCD4010
– MultiSync® LCD4020
• 46" — MultiSync® LCD4610
• 57" — MultiSync® LCD5710
The maximum supported length for a video cable is:
• 10 feet — Composite/RCA and S-Video
• 16 feet — HDMI
To attach a digital display to your DMP, we recommend that
you use the provided HDMI cable for video and audio.
However, to attach any of the recommended NEC display
models to your DMP, you must combine the HDMI cable with
an HDMI-to-DVI adapter (sold separately) for video, and use
the provided composite/RCA cable for audio. The only
exception to this rule is the NEC MultiSync® LCD4020, which
supports HDMI for both video and audio.
To attach an analog display to your DMP, we recommend that
you use the provided composite/RCA cable for both video
and audio.
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Step 1
On the back of your DMP chassis, do one of the
following:
• If you will connect your DMP to a digital display
that has an HDMI interface, plug the male end of
the HDMI cable into the HDMI interface on
your DMP.
• If you will connect your DMP to one of the
recommended NEC display models that does
not have an HDMI interface, do all of
the following:
– Plug the male end of the HDMI cable into the
HDMI interface on your DMP, then connect an
HDMI-to-DVI adapter to the other end of your
HDMI cable.
– Plug the red jack on the RCA cable into the
AUDIO/RIGHT interface on your DMP.
– Plug the white jack on the RCA cable into the
AUDIO/LEFT interface on your DMP.
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• If you will connect your DMP to an analog display,
do all of the following:
– Plug the yellow jack on the RCA cable into the
CVBS interface on your DMP.
– Plug the red jack on the RCA cable into the
AUDIO/RIGHT interface on your DMP.
– Plug the white jack into the AUDIO/LEFT
interface on your DMP.
Step 2
Connect the other end of the cable (or cables) to the
corresponding interface (or interfaces) on your
DMP display.
Step 3
If the DMP display is not already turned on, turn it
on now.
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Connecting to an AC Socket
Warning
Use only the supplied power adapter and plugs.
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Step 1
Assemble the DMP power cord:
a. Identify the correct plug type for your region (U.S.,
E.U., U.K., or Australia).
b. Snap that plug into the AC adapter.
Step 2
Connect the DC barrel connector to the 5V DC power
supply on the DMP chassis.
Step 3
Connect to an AC electrical outlet that you know is
grounded, and that uses the correct voltage level for
your locale. Supported levels range from 100V to 240V.
To protect your DMP from electrical surges, we recommend
that you use a surge protector or an uninterruptable power
supply from a reputable manufacturer.
6 Checking the LEDs
The DMP chassis contains a green LED and a red LED. After
you attach your DMP to its AC power source, you should see
light from both LEDs through the DMP front grille.
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The LEDs tell you if your DMP has power and if it has obtained
an IP address.
• A solid green LED indicates that a power source
is available.
• A solid red LED indicates that your DMP is trying to obtain
an IP address. After your DMP has an IP address, it turns
off the red LED.
The LEDs do not blink unless they are exposed to infrared
signal interference.
7 Logging in to DMPDM and
Changing its Passwords
Step 1
When your DMP display shows the Cisco logo and
shows an IP address for your DMP, write down the
IP address.
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Tip
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To reconfigure this splash screen in the future to persist
for less than or more than the factory-default duration
of 30 seconds, select Settings > Browser, enter a new
duration in milliseconds in the Splash Screen Display
Time (in milliseconds) field, then click Apply. Next,
select Administration > Save Configuration, then click
Save.
Step 2
Point your browser to the IP address that you
wrote down.
Step 3
At the login prompt for DMPDM, to log in as the
“DMP Web Account” user, enter the username admin
and the password default.
Caution
Security in your network might be compromised
unless you change the factory-default passwords in
DMPDM for both of these:
• The DMP Web Account user.
• The DMP Service Account user.
To protect your network against this vulnerability,
you must complete the rest of this procedure.
If you have very few DMPs and will manage each of them in
isolation, you can change their DMP Web Account and DMP
Service Account passwords manually in DMPDM. You use the
Web Service Account when you log in to DMPDM itself, and the
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DMP Service Account is a user account with FTP login
privileges. (The DMP Service Account account is available only
when the FTP service is enabled on a DMP.)
Alternatively, if you have many DMPs and will manage them
centrally, you can use the fully licensed DMM-DSM software on
your DMM appliance to change both of these passwords
globally for all of the DMPs that you have added to a DMP
group. Before you can use DMM-DSM in this way, however,
you must first complete the “Setting Up Centralized
Management” section on page 23 for each of your centrally
managed DMPs.
Note
When you use DMM-DSM to change a password on
your DMP, the text string that you enter in DMM-DSM
must use the correct syntax for URI encoding. The
syntax in URI encoding for submitting a string requires
that you enter a plus sign (+) instead of a space
wherever the value for a queryable object should
contain a space. For example, if the queryable object is
“user” and its value is “John Smith,” you would enter
“user=John+Smith” in your string. If any values in the
string should contain an actual plus sign, you must
encode the plus sign explicitly as %2B.
Exclamation points (!), question marks (?), ampersands
(&), and asterisks (*) are forbidden in values.
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To understand URI encoding and its recommended
syntax for submitting query strings, see RFC 1630 at
http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1630.
Step 4
To change the DMP Web Account password on one
DMP by using DMPDM, select Administration > DMP
Web Account. Enter your new password in the
Password field, enter it again in the Repeat Password
field, then click Apply. Next, select Administration >
Save Configuration, then click Save.
Alternatively, you can use DMM-DSM to change the
password simultaneously on multiple DMPs in your
digital signage network:
a. Select Digital Media Players > Advanced Tasks >
System Tasks, then click the blank page icon to create
a new system task.
b. Enter a name and description for the new task, then
select Set from the Request Type list.
c. In the Request text box, use the correct syntax
for URI encoding and enter
mibifc.user=admin&mibifc.password=new_passwor
d&mib.save=1, where new_password is exactly the
password that you want to assign to the DMP Web
Account user.
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d. To save the task so that it becomes available for your
use, click Submit.
e. To send the password changing instruction
simultaneously to multiple DMPs in your digital
signage network, do the following:
– Select Schedules > Play Now. (Alternatively,
users of DMM-DSM 4.1.x should select
Schedules > Immediate Deployment.)
– Select a group from the DMP Groups object
selector.
– Select the check box for each DMP where the
DMP Web Account password should change.
– Select from the Select an Event Type list the
system task that you named in Step 4b.
(Alternatively, users of DMM-DSM 4.1.x
should select this task from the Actions list.)
– Click Submit. (Alternatively, users of
DMM-DSM 4.1.x should click Go.)
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If you just completed the optional Step 4 in this
procedure, that means you skipped ahead first and have
already completed the “Setting Up Centralized
Management” section on page 23. Now that you have
completed Step 4 here, however, the changes that you
made to credentials will prevent your trusted DMM
appliance temporarily from communicating with your
DMPs. To restore proper communication, you must
now repeat Step 3 in the “Setting Up Centralized
Management” section on page 23.
Step 5
To change the DMP Service Account password on one
DMP by using DMPDM, select Administration > DMP
Service Account. Enter your new password in the
Password field, enter it again in the Repeat Password
field, then click Apply. Next, select Administration >
Save Configuration, then click Save.
If you prefer, you can use DMM-DSM to change the
password simultaneously on multiple DMPs in your
digital signage network:
a. Select Digital Media Players > Advanced Tasks >
System Tasks, then click the blank page icon to create
a new system task.
b. Enter a name and description for the new task, then
select Set from the Request Type list.
c. In the Request text box, use the correct syntax for
URI encoding and enter
init.FTP_password=new_password&mib.save=1,
where new_password is exactly the password that
you want to assign to the DMP Service Account user.
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d. To save the task so that it becomes available for your
use, click Submit.
e. To send the password changing instruction
simultaneously to multiple DMPs in your digital
signage network, do the following:
– Select Schedules > Play Now. (Alternatively,
users of DMM-DSM 4.1.x should select
Schedules > Immediate Deployment.)
– Select a group from the DMP Groups object
selector.
– Select the check box for each DMP where
the DMP Service Account password
should change.
– Select from the Select an Event Type list the
system task that you named in Step 5b.
(Alternatively, users of DMM-DSM 4.1.x
should select this task from the Actions list.)
– Click Submit. (Alternatively, users of
DMM-DSM 4.1.x should click Go.)
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8 Configuring Video Output
Step 1
In the Settings area, click DMP Display Attributes.
The display autodetection feature is enabled by default.
If you are satisfied with the selections and entries that
DMPDM made for you, you are done with this section
and you can go now to the “Setting Up Centralized
Management” section on page 23.
Otherwise, if you are not satisfied, do the following:
a. From the DMP Display Autodetection (requires
HDMI) list, select Disable.
b. From the Display Standard list, select the standard
that applies in your country. For example, even
though our factory default selection is NTSC_M,
your country might use PAL instead.
c. From the Interface (DMP display output) list, select
the connector type and signal type that you are using.
For example, you might use SVIDEO.
If you do not know which options to select, see the
manufacturer documentation for your DMP display.
Step 2
From the Color Space list, select the absolute color
space that your DMP display uses.
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Step 3
If you selected RGB as the color space, select an option
from the Color Component Order list to define the
order in which to store red, green, and blue data. This
definition is sometimes called the left-to-right additive
color model.
Step 4
(Optional) Move any or all of the sliders to compensate
for DMP display deficiencies in video (brightness,
contrast, or saturation) or audio (channel volume).
Step 5
To confirm your selections and to implement them until
you change them or until you restart your DMP,
click Apply.
Step 6
To test if your selections are suitable ones for your
DMP display, click Show IP in the DMP Mode area.
Your DMP display should show a Cisco logo and
should show the IP address for your DMP.
Step 7
To make your configuration changes permanent, even
after you restart your DMP, do the following:
a. Select Administration > Save Configuration.
b. On the Save Configuration page, click Save.
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Setting Up Centralized Management
If your DMP will be managed centrally as part of a digital
signage network, you must configure DMPDM and DMM-DSM
to work together.
Caution
Step 1
To stop untrusted DMM appliances from being
able to seize control of your DMPs, you must
configure your network firewall to restrict which
devices you will permit to send inbound traffic to
your DMP over TCP port 7777. If you do not
know how to work with access control lists, see the
manufacturer documentation for your firewall.
Specify in DMPDM which one DMM appliance
to trust.
a. Select Settings > Centralized Management.
b. In the DMM-DSM Server Timeout (in seconds) field,
enter the maximum number of seconds that your
DMP should wait for a response from the trusted
DMM appliance. (This is the appliance that serves
DMM-DSM.)
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c. In the DMM Appliance IP Address field, enter the
routable IP address or DNS-resolvable hostname of
the trustworthy DMM appliance.
The DMM Appliance IP Address field might
already be populated with the correct IP address
for your DMM appliance if you used DMM-DSM
to autodiscover your new DMP.
d. To confirm your selections and to implement them
until you change them or until you restart your DMP,
click Apply.
e. To make these configuration changes persist even
after you restart your DMP, do the following:
– Select Administration > Save Configuration.
– On the Save Configuration page, click Save.
Note
DMM-DSM and your DMP communicate over TCP
port 7777 when centralized management is enabled.
Step 2
Throughout your digital signage network, confirm that
your centrally managed DMPs all share:
• Identical user credentials for their DMP
Web Account.
• Identical user credentials for their DMP
Service Account.
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To learn how to make these credentials identical, see
the “Logging in to DMPDM and Changing its
Passwords” section on page 13.
Step 3
Specify in DMM-DSM the correct user credentials for
your centrally managed DMPs.
a. Select Settings > Server Settings.
b. Enter the required values:
– Servlet Server Address — If you have not
already done so, enter the DNS-resolvable
hostname and domain for the appliance that is
serving DMM-DSM, like dmm.example.com.
– DMP User Name — Enter admin or, if you have
changed the DMP Web Account username
from the default value, enter the new username
that you assigned.
– DMP User Password — Enter the password
that corresponds to the username.
c. Click Save.
Note
If you later use a system task in DMM-DSM to change
the credentials for your DMPs — as described in the
“Logging in to DMPDM and Changing its Passwords”
section on page 13 — you must then return to this Server
Settings page and update the values so that they are
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identical to the new credentials for your DMPs.
Otherwise, if you do not update this information,
DMM-DSM will use obsolete credentials when it tries
to communicate with your DMPs and, when
communication fails, will consider your DMPs to be
unreachable and unmanageable.
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Learning About the Remote
Control for DMPs
The remote control features require that your DMPs use
firmware release 5.0 or later and that your DMM appliances
use DMM software release 5.0 or later.
A printed copy of Remote Control Quick Start Guide for Cisco
Digital Media Players shipped in the product kit with your
DMP. Alternatively, you can read this guide on Cisco.com.
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Obtaining Documentation,
Obtaining Support, and Security
Guidelines
For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining
support, providing documentation feedback, security
guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general
Cisco documents, see the monthly What’s New in
Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and
revised Cisco technical documentation, at:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html
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