Using Databox in Your Office
Having your key metrics and data visualizations in a place where everyone can see them is an important step toward building an open line of communication s in your organization. Every office should be equipped with a set of metrics that are of the utmost value to the people working there.
Part of the Databox platform offers a simple and effective solution to this. In the Databox Designer (read more about that here), setting up the visualizations and building new Databoard is easy, but there are a few things you need to take care of beforehand.
Since all, or at least the majority of your users are equipped with the Databox mobile app, they will probably want to look into specific details on their phone. The big screen, however, should have a different function, with a greater focus on what really matters. A handful of key metrics should be available to everyone in the office at all times.
So, make sure your big screen is at least 50” with full HD support, and that it’s in a good location where everyone can see it. In larger office spaces, you may want to consider using several screens.
A device with a Browser
The desktop view of the Databoard is built to run on browsers. Among the most popular options are Google Chrome and Firefox, and they will do the trick, as long as you have access to the internet. Unfortunately, the built-in browsers that come with some of the latest smart TV models won’t be powerful enough.
That’s why we recommend using a separate device to power your Databoard. You can hook it up to any desktop or mini desktop (like Mac Mini, HP Pavilion Mini, etc.), but the best solution is to use a PC-on-a-stick device, such as Asus Chromebit.
Alternatively, an old PC that can run Google Chrome will also get the job done.
Databoard Streaming Settings
When you create a new Databoard in the Designer, you will need to get the URL. It will look something like this:
The streaming URL for a Databoard can be found in the Streaming settings popup, accessible by clicking on the cogwheel icon (shown below).
You can also get the URL by going to the Databoards overview in the Designer. Just hover over a Databoard and click on the “Full-screen view” icon. You can also do that in the layout designer, either when you edit a Databoard (desktop view) or create a new one. Just look for the preview icon on the top bar, next to the color picker.
This will open up a Databoard live view in a new window with a unique URL address. Make sure to save this address, as it will give you access to your Databoard from any other device.
When you want to display more multiple Databoards on a single display, you can add more Databoards to a specific streaming URL. Just open the Streaming settings popup and turn on the carousel mode by selecting “Loop with following Databoards”. Then you select the Databoards you would like to loop. The default loop delay time is 60 seconds, but can easily be changed.
By default every Databoard is accessible publicly through its unique URL address. If you want to restrict the access only to a specific IP address, you can set those in the Streaming settings. Enter IPs as a comma-seperated list, wildcards are also allowed (example:
192.168.*, 126.96.36.199, 194.157.90.*)
Custom Subdomain & Whitelabeling
As a part of our branding and whitelabeling feature included in the Business and Enterprise plans, you can also have your own custom (sub)domain for distributing Databoards (read more about setting up a custom domain). You can also hide the “Powered by Databox” label (available only with the Business plan).
When you have all the above mentioned configurations in place, just open a browser window on your new device and paste your unique Databoard URL. You have the option to make the browser go fullscreen by pressing