getting started with xogo

Getting Started with XOGO

 

XOGO is an affordable, easy to use digital signage platform that allows you to turn any TV or monitor into a digital sign.  It's completely free to download and use on one media player; if you want to unlock pro features or deploy more than one sign you can upgrade to a pro subscription right in the manager app for just $20 per sign per month. Here's how to get started with XOGO. (Instructions below, or watch our setup video to see this happen in real time.)


Step 1:

First we need to set up a media player device. If you have a XOGO Mini or XOGO Mini 4k appliance, simply connect it to a display via an HDMI cable. Push the power button and the device immediately boots into the XOGO Player app. Plug in a network cable to bring the device online, or connect it to WiFi using the XOGO Manager app (see step 3). You will then see a QR code and PIN code appear on the display, like the one below.

If you're using your own Windows 10 PC as a media player,  download and launch the free XOGO Player app on your PC.  You will then see a QR code and PIN code appear on the display, like the one below.

 Figure 1: Initial screen of XOGO Player app

Figure 1: Initial screen of XOGO Player app

Step 2:

Next visit our downloads page to get the XOGO Manager app for your Windows or Android device (iOS coming soon!) This app allows you to create a XOGO account, upload images and video content, and create one or more playlists. It's basically a remote control.

Step 3: 

Using the XOGO Manager app on your mobile device, tap New to upload still images or videos into the Library section. Then tap New to create one or more playlists of content, and decide how long each still image is going to play on screen (videos will play in their entirety). Finally, tap New in the Player section and scan the QR code (or enter the PIN) displayed on your media player's screen in order to associate the media player with your unique XOGO account. Use the options on-screen to send the media player one of the playlists you just created, and it will sync with the cloud (requires Internet connectivity) and immediately begin looping your content. You've just set up your first digital sign!

 Figure 2: On XOGO Manager's main screen, click New to add your content, playlists and media players.

Figure 2: On XOGO Manager's main screen, click New to add your content, playlists and media players.

 Figure 3: New content is loaded from your desktop. Each item gets a file name. Optional search tags and notes can be added.

Figure 3: New content is loaded from your desktop. Each item gets a file name. Optional search tags and notes can be added.

 Figure 4: Create one or more playlists of content from your library and decide how long each each item displays on-screen. 

Figure 4: Create one or more playlists of content from your library and decide how long each each item displays on-screen. 

 Figure 5: Enter player PIN from Step 1 to connect player to XOGO Manager. Push WiFi settings to XOGO Mini by clicking on Bluetooth Connect, looking for your device name and then entering WiFi network name and password.

Figure 5: Enter player PIN from Step 1 to connect player to XOGO Manager. Push WiFi settings to XOGO Mini by clicking on Bluetooth Connect, looking for your device name and then entering WiFi network name and password.

Step 4:

Whenever you wish to make changes to playlists or add more media players, simply log into the XOGO Manager app and make your edits. Changes are pushed to your media players via the cloud. Automagically. You will be prompted to upgrade to the paid version if you add more than 15 items to your library, or more than one player.


Bonus: Realtime Mode

XOGO Manager is more than just a content uploading tool - it's a real time remote control! Just select RealTime mode in the control panel and (provided that your media player and controller device are both connected to the Internet) you can make any content on your media player PC play in real time. Right from your phone or tablet!  

And because you can set items to be invisible within a playlist, you can have your normal media content playing and then interrupt it with something that has been invisible. This is a perfect scenario for retail, as an example - you can interrupt a looping "attract" video in order to pull up tech specs, pricing or information.

 Figure 6: Items can be made invisible within playlists, until exposed in Realtime mode.

Figure 6: Items can be made invisible within playlists, until exposed in Realtime mode.

 Figure 7: Select Realtime mode to immediately trigger any of your visible / invisible playlist content.

Figure 7: Select Realtime mode to immediately trigger any of your visible / invisible playlist content.

Thanks for choosing XOGO Decision Signage. If you need further assistance with your new digital signage software, please take a look at our FAQ page or contact us for support.