webOS Installation Guide


#1

Xibo for webOS is now officially released, more information about the player along with the download link are available on the page dedicated to this player - https://xibo.org.uk/xibo-for-webos

It is easy to install and configure and can be up and running in a few minutes.

We will go through each step in the installation in detail, but an overview is as follows:

  • Requirements
  • Prepare your monitor and install Xibo for webOS
  • Connect to your CMS
  • Upgrading

Requirements

CMS version
Xibo for webOS requires Xibo CMS in version 1.8.3 or later

Monitor models
List of the supported LG monitors models is here - webOS list of Supported monitors

Prepare your monitor and install Xibo for webOS

1 - Access hidden menu called server settings

To access the server settings through the hidden menu, follow the steps below:

  • On the remote controller, press and hold the SETTINGS button until a toast message appears in the upper right corner to notify that your input has been received.

  • Enter 8080, and press the OK button.

In webOS 3.2+ Server Settings should not be hidden and should be accessible from the Settings menu

At this point there are two ways in which the player can be installed, using the remote server of USB flash drive, both are described below.

2 - Installation

2.1 Remote URL installation

On the settings menu, set the following fields with the values provided. The following fields are marked with corresponding letters in the screenshot below.

  • A) Application Launch Mode: Local
  • B) Fully Qualified Domain Name: On
    Enter the URL to your app package, the url is https://xibo.org.uk/api/downloads/4/latest
  • C) Application Type: IPK
  • D) Local Application Upgrade: REMOTE
    This action initiates webOS Signage to download the app from the given URL.

webOS Signage v3.0 and webOS Signage v3.2(3.0+) side by side:

2.2 Auto-Setting with USB-flash drive.

If you would rather configure these settings in a text file instead, then you can do so and install those on the monitor via USB flash drive with the following JSON file content

{ 
   "serverIp":"0.0.0.0",  
   "serverPort":80,  
   "secureConnection":false,  
   "appLaunchMode":"local", 
   "fqdnMode":true, 
   "fqdnAddr":"https://xibo.org.uk/api/downloads/4/latest", 
   "appType":"ipk" 
} 
  • Save the file as scap_installation.json
  • Copy the JSON file into the root directory of a USB flash drive
  • Insert the USB flash drive into the USB port of the signage device
  • Turn on your signage device. The server settings defined in the scap_installation.json file will have been loaded on the device automatically.

2.3 USB Installation

  1. Rename the downloaded ipk, for example Xibo_for_webOS_v1.8_R7.ipk to com.lg.app.signage.ipk and put in a USB flash drive in the path specified below. If such path does not exist in your USB flash drive, create one.
    [USB_root]/application/com.lg.app.signage.ipk

  2. Insert the USB flash drive to the USB port of a signage device.

  3. On your signage device, enter the Server settings menu.

  4. On the settings menu, set the following fields with the values provided. The following fields are marked with corresponding letters in the screenshot below

  • A: Application Launch Mode: Local
  • B: Application Type: IPK
  • C: Local Application Upgrade: USB
    This action initiates webOS Signage to copy the app from the USB flash drive to the signage device’s local storage.

Comparision between webOS Signage v3.0 and webOS Signage v3.2(3.0+)

After the copying has completed, reboot the signage device.

Connect to the CMS

After completing the installation, you need to configure the CMS Address and CMS Key, the settings screen will open on the first player start and is also accessible using the top navigation menu.

Once you entered your CMS details, you will see the following message ‘Display waiting licensing approval by an administrator’.

If you already have Xibo for webOS licence pool you can enter your licence pool email address in that form, otherwise player will run on the 14 days trial licence.

Licencing is well explained here - Licencing your Xibo for webOS Display

Log in to the CMS, navigate to the Displays page, edit your webOS display as shown below:

Which will open a Edit Display form where you will change the ‘Authorise Display?’ to ‘Yes’:

You can make further adjusted to the display profile assigned to your webOS player on the Displays Settings page -> Edit webOS display profile.

Upgrading

The easiest and recommended way to upgrade the webOS player version is to do that via CMS.

All that’s required is to download newer .ipk version, upload it to your CMS (ipk is a valid extension in Xibo CMS 1.8.3 or later).

After it’s uploaded, navigate to the Displays page or Display Group page, edit the Display/Display Group and click on the ‘Version Information’ as shown below:

In the form you select the newer ipk version from the dropdown and save the form.

Once player downloaded the new ipk it will automatically restart and update Xibo for webOS version.


Xibo for webOS White Label Administration