The new features

We are happy to announce that we have added new exciting features to S-play firmware (V1.4.0) as well as modifications and optimization.

  • Remote connection
  • New trigger types and control events – send UDP commands from your S-Play to trigger digital signage systems, remote relays, projectors, and much more
  • Improved UI to create light shows faster – save time by testing events instead of building them into your playlist to test

 

One of the most exciting features of the S-Play firmware update is the Remote connection

This remote access function is designed to streamline the process for the end-user so they can use a simple URL and connect from anywhere, however providing they have secure internet access. Remotely access your S-Play device via an existing internet connection or 4G router from a laptop, PC, or smartphone. Once configured, you will be able to access your S-Play from anywhere in the world over the internet meaning you can Play, Stop, Edit playlists & schedules and create static cues easily (remotely recording dynamic /static cues from your computer to the S-Play over the internet isn’t supported).

So, the process works by  using a  cloud  webserver. For example, hosted by Amazon or some other web server  rental service, to  connect your  device (laptop or  smartphone) to your S-Play.    However, this seems a bit counter-intuitive. Why use a  separate webserver to make this connection? Why can’t we just connect over the internet?  Well,  we can,  using  the  2  methods listed above. Let’s take a look at those.

The most straightforward way is to use an app like TeamViewer or RealVNC to connect like this:

As you can see, this method requires that we have a PC on-site that is connected to our lighting controller network. As a result, the remote desktop apps will connect us to the PC, and then using that remote connection, we can navigate through the on-site PC to connect to our S-Play as if we were there in person. The limitation of this method is that we need to have a PC on-site and it needs to be on all the time if we are to connect to it remotely at any time.

How about 4G routers? You can get 4G routers inexpensively and add a data SIM card to them to allow remote internet connections. You can also then set up a port forwarding rule so that whenever you connect to that router, you are re-directed to the S-Play.

 

 

However, the limitation of this method is that you need a public IPv4 address on your 4G router. Depending on where you are and what your ISPs can provide, this might be a bit difficult. For example, here in Australia, most mobile services use CGNAT which means your public IP can change many times in an hour. So you may have to get specific and much more expensive business internet plans to get a fixed IP.

This brings us to the method using the S-Play’s new remote connection feature. Using a separate web server to help with the connection, eliminates the need for an expensive business-level data plan like we needed for port forwarding. Instead, we’ll set up a cloud server once. Then the S-Play will give us a URL that we can use to connect to it from anywhere in the world, as long as we and the S-Play both have internet access.

 

 

For more information on how to set up this cloud server click here!

 

Download the updated firmware now:
S-PLAY firmware v1.4.0 / S-PLAY release notes