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DAKboard cannot change the Maximum resolutions of your Smart TV's Bowser. To get the best performance out of DAKboard on your Smart TV, search online for Maximum Resolution of the Browser for your Smart TV, or use http://howbigismybrowser.com/ then adjust your Custom Screen resolution to match. To do this, on the Screen Editor page, click on the Screen you wish to use. Click the gear ICON in the upper right-hand corner, change the Aspect Ratio to Custom, and then set the resolution to match.
DAKboard works with the built-in web browsers on many Smart TVs. Follow the instructions below to use your Smart TV as a DAKboard display.
If your TV doesn't have a web browser built-in, take a look at our DAKboard CPU, which will turn any TV into a DAKboard.
NOTE: A recent update to the built-in browsers on Samsung devices, Including TVs and Tablets, as well as most LG TVs, has made it so that the Predefined screens will no longer work within these browsers. We have also found that some of the older models of these TVs will not allow linking the device as described below. See the Tips, Tricks, and Notes section at the bottom of this article for more details and workarounds.
Link the TV with your DAKboard Account:
In your DAKboard account, go to Displays & Devices, click the Add button, give it a name, and click SAVE:
Next, click the three dots '...' to the right of the device and select Link with Device or TV:
Now, on your Smart TV, open the web browser and go to https://dakboard.com/link. This will generate a code on the TV. Enter this code in the popup back in your DAKboard account. Once the Smart TV is linked, it will begin showing your default screen in DAKboard.
NOTE: Remember to bookmark your Display URL to access it again without having to relink your display.
Assign a Different Screen or Loop to the Smart TV:
When a Smart TV is linked as a Device to your DAKboard Account, you can change the screen that's showing on the Smart TV from within your Displays & Devices tab. Navigate to the Displays & Devices tab and click the Screen preview shown in the Assigned column:
In the popup that appears, select the Screen. Loop, or Schedule from your DAKboard account that you'd like to show on your TV:
Save your changes and the Smart TV should update momentarily with the newly assigned Screen. Loop, or Schedule.
Rotate The Screen to Portrait/Vertical:
Since DAKboard cannot control the orientation of your Smart TV, you will need to first make sure your Smart TV allows for Portrait or Veritcle display. Check your owner's manual, or settings in your Display to see if this will be affected.
Once this is done, you can force the browser to show orientation in Portrait or Verticle modes with Custom CSS applied to the Screen. Follow the steps we have created here Screen Rotation for Smart TVs to see how to force your Smart TV's browser to display in Portrait mode.
Tips, Tricks, and Notes:
- Some browsers will have certificate errors when trying to link the DAKboard to your Smart TVs' built-in browsers. For the most part, these will give you the option to accept the content and continue to the page. All you will need to do is accept and it will work with your custom screens.
- DAKboard is continually developing its services with new features and updated security. Occasionally this may result in a loss of functionality on a TV displaying DAKboard if the browser is not updated regularly. If this occurs try to update the device if possible or consider adding a DAKboard CPU.
- For users unable to link their browsers to DAKboard as described above you can always enter your Custom Screen's URL manually into your TV's browser, or log into your account from your TV's browser and choose View on the screen you wish to run on the TV. To Find your URL go to the Screen, Loop, or Schedule you want to use, click the three dots in the lower right-hand corner, and choose View. This will open the URL in your browser. Once this is entered, bookmark the URL for quicker access the next time you use it this way.
- Create a Support Ticket