In order to allow SmartSign 2 to interface with the outside world, you need to make use of the free Broadcast Radio Hardware Service which is compatible with a range of physical I/O devices and all 5th generation Broadcast Radio software. You may already be using the Hardware Service for allowing Myriad 5 Playout or Myriad 5 Logging to interact with physical devices - in which case SmartSign 2 can use the same installation.
In this article we will assume your BR Hardware Service is already installed and configured but if you need some guidance on how to do that as well then we suggest taking a look at this article:
How Myriad 5 connects to the real world via the BR Hardware Service
Important: You must be running v5.15 or higher of the BR Hardware Service. You can download the latest version from https://www.broadcastradio.com/myriad-5-playout-support#Related
Assuming your Hardware Service is setup and running, you will need to know the PC IP address or Name so that you can add that information to your SmartSign2.
- In SmartSign 2, click in the lower right hand corner to enter Layout mode.
- Click on the Settings button in the lower left hand corner to open the Settings page.
- Scroll down to the GPIO Configuration section.
- Type in the IP address or the Name of the PC running your BR Hardware Service into the Host section.
- Use the Device drop down to select the hardware device what you want your SmartSign 2 to connect to.
TIP – You may have multiple devices that are relevant (like hardware from ST1 and hardware from ST2), in this case we advice using the a Virtual Network Device then use the Patch Bay feature inside the BR Hardware Service itself to patch hardware from different devices to a common Virtual Device that all your SS2’s can monitor.
- Click on the Back button to close the Settings page and return to the Layout page.
Your SmartSign 2 is now configured to monitor the selected hardware device.
IMPORTANT - Hardware Service running on the same computer as SmartSign v2
Due to the security architecture of Windows 10 and higher, running the BR Hardware Service & SmartSign 2 on the same PC will not work unless you also run the script below as an Administrator.
To enable the BR Hardware Service and SmartSign 2 to run on the same physical PC, run a Command Prompt (as Administrator) and carefully type or paste in the command below, then hit <enter>.
CheckNetIsolation LoopbackExempt -a -n="BroadcastRadio.SmartSignv2_9aj7vab8x1m8a"
This will authorise SmartSign 2 to access the local resources needed to interact with the BR Hardware Service.
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