Do you have a digital signage installation consisting of Samsung displays? Are you using MagicINFO as your CMS? One of the common issues we see with our customers is that they’re not always aware of the possibilities of MagicINFO. That is why we started the MagicINFO Explained blog series, where each month we take a deep dive and explore one feature that can streamline your communication practices and digital signage game. Last month we wrote about working with tagged content, which is very useful because it allows you to select only certain content items to be shown on the displays. 

Today’s blog is all about the preset management feature, which is available with both a MagicINFO Lite and Premium license or cloud subscription. Keep reading to discover:

What is Preset management? 

The Preset Management feature is highly efficient, as it enables you to simultaneously apply  identical settings to a group of displays. This capability means you can easily synchronise various display parameters such as timer settings, network bandwidth limits, intervals, sources, and more, across multiple screens at once. This is merely a glimpse into the vast range of options that this functionality offers.

There are some important things to bear in mind before we show you how to work with preset management. The first thing to remember is that you can only schedule content per device group. For the optimal performance of your displays, we recommend creating specific preset groups based on the device model. For instance, if your installation consists of 10 units of the DB32E model and 5 units of the QB75R model, our advice is to create two distinct preset groups – one tailored for the DB32E group and another for the QB75R group. While it’s possible that a single preset could be compatible with both models, if this doesn’t work, we recommend making two separate presets. Furthermore, if any devices fail to adopt the preset, ensure that all devices are operating on the same firmware version for consistent performance.

The second thing that needs to be mentioned is that in order to be able to work with preset management you’ll need to either select the S6 player as your default player for showing the content, or a newer player. For more information about Samsung digital signage players, we recommend checking out this blog where we discuss the differences between the S6 and S10 player types, or this blog where we go over the essentials of Samsung’s built-in digital signage players.

How to set preset management for a display group

For step-by-step instructions on how to work with preset management in MagicINFO, you can watch the YouTube video below. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, MagicInfo Services, if you haven’t already done so. We regularly upload content showing how to use MagicINFO to make the most out of your digital signage projects.

Why use the preset management feature?

The preset management feature stands as a remarkable tool, enhancing operational efficiency by offering the opportunity to apply uniform settings to a multitude of displays simultaneously. This means that, with a single action, you can configure an array of display parameters across multiple screens. 

Use preset management to schedule on/off timers 

One of the key parameters you can set is the timer settings. This ensures that all your displays operate in sync, starting and stopping at the exact same times. This can be particularly beneficial when time synchronisation is critical, such as in broadcast settings or multi-screen presentations. Also, setting up the right date and time in MagicINFO can save you time, money, and energy. If you’d like to read more about this great and easy-to-use feature, check out our blog covering this topic. 

Use preset management to manage the network bandwidth limit 

Another critical aspect that you can govern through the Preset Management feature is the network bandwidth limit. Network bandwidth refers to the maximum data transfer capacity of a network at any given point in time. By managing the bandwidth limit, you can effectively regulate the number of network resources that each display is allowed to use. This is crucial in ensuring that each display operates smoothly and consistently, without overloading the network or causing interruptions in data flow.

When you apply the same bandwidth limit across multiple displays, you are essentially standardising the allocation of network resources. This approach allows for a balanced distribution of your network’s capacity. In other words, each display gets an equal share of the network’s bandwidth, preventing anyone display from hogging resources and potentially disrupting the performance of the others.

Use preset management to set up identical intervals 

Finally, you can use preset management to set matching intervals for all your displays. Intervals, in this context, refer to a variety of parameters such as refresh rates or update intervals. The refresh rate is the number of times per second that a display updates its image. By synchronising the refresh rate across all displays, you ensure that they all render images at the same speed, which can eliminate any visual discrepancies and provide a smooth, consistent viewing experience. 

Meanwhile, update intervals refer to how frequently the content displayed on the screens is updated. This could be particularly relevant if you’re showcasing dynamic content, such as news feeds or social media updates, which change frequently. By synchronizing the update intervals, you ensure that all screens present the most recent content at the same time, enhancing the coherence and continuity of the information presented.

Setting identical intervals, whether it’s for refresh rates or update intervals, contributes to the seamlessness and consistency of the overall viewing experience. This is a crucial aspect of managing multiple displays, particularly in public spaces or professional settings, where a smooth and uniform presentation can make a significant difference.

These are just a few examples of the vast range of settings that can be controlled using the preset management feature. It streamlines the process of setting up and managing multiple displays, saving you significant time and effort. Additionally, it provides a way to ensure consistency and synchronisation across all your displays, leading to a more professional and seamless operation.

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