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The myViewBoard Box hardware device

myViewBoard Box is a simple and cost-effective way to upgrade existing displays and add more features, such as:

  • Screen sharing
  • Android OS, including web browser, multimedia support, and access to apps
  • Built-in apps including Whiteboard for Android
  • Support for peripherals such as document cameras and microscopes
  • Remote display management by users and IT admins with myViewBoard Manager integration


myViewBoard Box is a plug and play solution that works with displays and projectors from ViewSonic and other brands. Any display device that uses HDMI or USB-C for video can connect to Box. Any touch devices that either use HDMI (video) and USB-A (touch input), or USB-C (for video and touch input), are also supported. myViewBoard Box can be powered by power over Ethernet (PoE), or a dedicated 5V DC power cable.


Benefits of myViewBoard Box

Cost-effective way to add 'smart' features

myViewBoard Box can be thought of as a versatile Android-based computer with internet accessibility that can be added to a display (whether a monitor, TV, projector, touchscreen, or IFP). Doing this allows the display to have access to Android apps including Whiteboard for Android for digital whiteboarding and myViewBoard Display for wireless screensharing. Just like a computer, there is also a web browser and media file explorer.


Make displays wireless

If you want to avoid relying on HDMI cables when sharing video to a display device, then use myViewBoard Box to make a display device become a wireless presentation display.

For example, connect myViewBoard Box to projector, and then use preinstalled myViewBoard Display app to wirelessly share video from a PC, Mac, Linux, or mobile device (simply enter the unique password to pair).


Remotely control displays

When myViewBoard Box is connected to a display, projector, or IFP using RS232, the Box can act as a remote control for the display device. This includes turn on/off, volume adjustment, and changing input source.

When the Box is registered to myViewBoard Manager, IT admins can remotely control displays.


Compatible devices

Compatible display devices:

  • any device that uses HDMI or USB-C for video.


Compatible display devices with touchscreen functionality:

  • devices that use HDMI for video and USB type A for touchscreen functionality
  • devices that use USB type C for both video and touchscreen functionality


In addition to the above, further control over a device can be supported by connecting an RS232 cable. Currently supported brands are ViewSonic and Promethean, with support for more brands planned. RS232 control enables turning the display device on/off, changing input sources, and adjusting volume remotely from the myViewBoard Box, or from myViewBoard Manager if the Box has been added to the entity.


What's included

Apps
The following apps come preinstalled with myViewBoard Box. Additional apps can be installed from the Google Play store, or manually via APK file.

App icon Name and Description
New whiteboard logo.svg
Whiteboard: digital Whiteboard for Android, with multimedia support
Icon Display.svg
Display: wireless screensharing to the device.
Icon Live full.svg
Live: livestreaming app that supports YouTube, Facebook, Workplace, and Twitch
Icon Recorder.svg
Record: record the screen and save as a video.
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Explorer: file explorer and manager app
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Lightning: web browser
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Settings: Android settings
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Media player: play media - see supported media formats for Android here


Hardware
myViewBoard Box includes the 'Box' itself (part number VBS100), a power adapter, HDMI cable, and quick start guide.

Note: RS232, RJ45 ethernet, USB and additional HDMI cables are not included.


Input/Ouput

Front View


myViewBoard Box front view


No. Name Description
1 Reset button Push to perform a hardware-reset of the device
2 Power LED Blue: power on
No light: power off
3 DC Jack 5V Power input
4 GB-LAN (RJ45) Gigabit Ethernet + 802.3at class4 Gigabit Power over Ethernet

GB-LAN status

- Yellow (flashing): activity on the port.
- Yellow (off): no activity on the port.
- Green (on): connection operating at 100-Mbps.
- Orange (on): gigabit connection (1000-Mbps).
- Green/Orange (off): operating at 10-Mbps.

5 USB 2.0 (Type-A) ports USB 2.0 500mA 1, 2
6 USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports USB 3.0 900mA 1, 2
7 HDMI IN V1.4b (Type A) port Connect to a PC, set-top box, or other video device with HDMI output (HD 720P) 3

Note 1: Only supports the FAT32 format. Note 2: USB camera or USB Video Class (UVC) device does not support hot-plug mode. Note 3: Running USB type-C and HDMI connections at the same time is NOT supported. Only one display output can be active.



Rear View

VBS100 rear view
No. Components Description
1 RS232 port* RS232 serial port cable: connect display (IFP, touchscreen, or Projector) to an external computer.

Certain functions can be controlled remotely by the PC, including power on/off, volume adjustment and more. 1

2 USB3.0 (Type C) ports USB3.0 SuperSpeed support and DisplayPort 1.2 (1080@60Hz) output. 2
3 HDMI OUT V2.0(Type A) port Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI port of a display device, for example Display, IFP, monitor, TV, or Projector, etc.

Note 1: Set the baud rate of controlled devices to 9600 bps. Note 2: Running USB type-C and HDMI connections at the same time is not supported. Only one display output can be active.



Set up Box with a display

Cable diagrams

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Example: connect myViewBoard Box with a projector using HDMI

  1. First, use an ethernet (RJ45) cable to connect the myViewBoard Box to a router or switch for the internet connection.
    • If the router or switch allows Power over Ethernet (PoE) there is no need to connect the supplied power adapter to Box. If the router doesn't support PoE, connect the power adapter to Box.
  2. Next, connect the projector to the Box using either an HDMI or a USB type C cable for the video feed. Make sure to use the HDMI OUT port on the front of the Box.


Optional: connect a USB keyboard and mouse to the rear of the Box. Android supports keyboard and mouse input.


Optional: connect the projector to the Box using an RS232 to allow


Attach Box using VESA or ceiling tile mounts

VESA 75 x 75 mount

myViewBoard Box has VESA 75 x 75 mounting holes on the underside of the device, suitable to be attached to monitors or other devices with the same size VESA mounts. View the diagram below for mounting guide. VESA mount and screws sold separately.


Suspended ceiling/ceiling tile mount

myViewBoard offers a 'T-bar' mount (sold separately) that can be used to attach the myViewBoard Box to ceiling tiles. The mount is screwed onto the Box, and then clipped firmly onto the metal rails supporting ceiling tiles.

  1. First attach the bracket to the VESA mounting holes on the bottom of the myViewBoard Box
  2. Attach the T-bar to the backet
  3. Swivel/open the T-bar (so the two arms are perpendicular), and then close and clamp onto the ceiling tile supports


Contact myViewBoard to get the VESA or suspended ceiling mounts


Share screens

Once myViewBoard Box is connected to a display, there are multiple ways users can share screens from their own device to the display.

Display

For more information, see: myViewBoard Display for Android


To receive a screen on myViewBoard Box display:

  1. Make sure the myViewBoard Box has an internet connection. Display should open by default on Box. Alternatively, open it manually from the Android app list.
  2. On the device you wish to share, go to myviewboard.com/display
  3. Enter the Display Code and One Time Password as shown on the Box display
  4. If prompted, select the window, tab, or program you wish to share
  5. The myViewBoard Box display should now show live video from the transmitter device

Simply reverse the above steps to share the screen from myViewBoard Box to any other internet enabled display device such as a PC or mobile phone.


vCast

vCast is an app that allows screen sharing including touch support (for touchscreen devices) between devices on the same network. There are two apps; vCastReceiver and vCastSender.

To share screen to the display with myViewBoard Box connected:

  1. Open vCastReceiver on the myViewBoard Box device. This app is preinstalled on all Boxes.
  2. On the device1 that you wish to share the screen from, connect to the same network as the myViewBoard Box.
  3. On the device that you wish to share the screen from, download the app or software for your OS (see picture below for links).
  4. Once the app/software is installed, open it and enter the 6-digit code that appears on the display connected to the myViewBoard Box. This code refreshes over time.

Note 1 supported devices: iOS and Android mobile devices, Mac and Windows PCs.


Add Box to Manager for remote IT management

Manager is a centralized device management tool for IT admins to manage fleets of devices. Just like a ViewBoard, any myViewBoard Box can also be enrolled to Manager. Doing this allows an IT admin to remotely manage the Box-connected display, and turn it on or off, change volume, change input source and more.

Read more about Manager at the wiki page here.


Troubleshooting

The myViewBoard Box won't turn on

Indicator: a blue LED light on the front left of the device will turn on when the device is on.

  1. Check the AC adapter is properly plugged in to the device and the wall socket.
  2. If possible, check the wall socket with another device.
  3. If using PoE, check the router or switch supports PoE. If yes, try connect another device and/or cable to the router or switch using PoE.
  4. If the device does not turn on, contact ViewSonic Support or the sales team from which the device was purchased.


No internet/can't connect to the LAN
  1. Check that the cable is an RJ45 type, with one end connected to the LAN port of your myViewBoard Box, and the other to a router, switch, or network wall socket.
  2. If possible, check the router, switch, or wall socket with another device such as a laptop with an ethernet port. Also consider checking with a different RJ45 cable.


Unable to access myViewBoard apps/required firewall ports are blocked
  1. The myViewBoard suite of apps requires access to the following ports:
    • TCP port 443 (HTPPS) outbound
    • UDP and TCP port 3478 bidirectional to the WebRTC servers
    • UDP ports 50,000 – 65,535 (RTP/sRTP/RTCP) bidirectional to the WebRTC servers. These ports are optional; if blocked, media will be proxied using TURN on port 3478.
    • These ports are optional; if blocked, media will be proxied using TURN on port 3478.
  • You can test connectivity at: https://myviewboard.com/cast2/test/index.html

Contact your IT department for assistance with the above.



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