A useful feature of Chrome Device Management is the ability to pre-configure networks on Chrome devices.
After logging in to your Google Admin console, go to the Device Management section.
On the column on the left side of the screen, click Networks. (Your console may say Network instead, under the Device Settings heading)
Select the Organizational Unit (OU) you wish to apply the network to. If you don’t know which OU to select, pick the top level OU to apply the settings to all devices in the console.
Click CREATE ETHERNET NETWORK.
In Platform access, check the box next to “Chromebooks (by device)”
In Details, create a name for your network. If your network requires Authentication (802.1X), you can configure the authentication credentials after selecting 802.1X under Authentication. Be sure to click Save when you’re done configuring the network.
Enabling the On Screen Keyboard is necessary for certain widgets inside of Arreya, most notably the SMS widget requires the user of a kiosk to input their phone number. While many ChromeOS devices have On Screen Keyboard enabled as a default, the safer option is to enable it in the Google Admin Console. This ensures that the kiosk functions as expected regardless of updates or changes to the configuration or firmware.
From the options on the left, click and expand the Devices category, then click and expand Settings.
Click Device under the settings sub-category.
From here, choose the Organizational Unit for which you would like to enable the On Screen Keyboard. It is important to note that enabling this in a Organizational Unit will change the setting for any device or Organizational Unit underneath it. If you enable it at the top level Organizational Unit, all devices will have On Screen Keyboard enabled.
In the primary window, scroll down until you find a category of settings titled “Kiosk accessibility”
Underneath “Kiosk accessibility” you will find a setting called “Kiosk on-screen keyboard”. Change the setting to “Enable on-screen keyboard” as shown.
In the top right of the screen, click Save to save your settings and have the On-Screen Keyboard enabled for your chrome devices.
If your device status is Offline in the Google Admin console, typically the device does not have a reliable internet connection, or there is something blocking Google from checking the status of the device on your network.
Verify that there is no interference from a Content Filter or Firewall – The most common cause of an offline device, issues with content not showing, or problems pairing a device come from content filters or firewalls that interrupt communication with Arreya. Please follow our instructions for content filters and firewalls – https://arreya.com/kb/allow-past-firewall/
In early August 2020, Google acknowledged that there was a known issue with the Google Admin console and Chrome OS devices that caused the admin console to show devices as offline, when they were actually online and would respond to requests. This does not affect the devices or the functionality of Arreya. The Arreya dashboard status is still accurate in this case.
We will update this article with more information as it becomes available from Google.
Each Arreya channel can be deployed as a Progressive Web App (PWA) and has settings to customize the look and feel of your PWA. You can force install to PWA to managed devices via the Google Admin Console.
After logging in to your Admin console, go to Device Management > Chrome management.
Once you are on the Chrome Management screen, click on Apps & extensions.
Select the OU (Organization Unit) on the left hand side of the screen that you wish to configure. Only Chrome Users in this OU will have the settings applied.
Click on the USERS & BROWSERS tab
Hover your mouse on the Yellow Plus button on the bottom right corner of your screen, next click on the Web icon to open up the Add by URL option. Enter the address of your Arreya Channel in the URL field. (e.g. arreyademo.arreya.com) You can select whether the PWA will open in a new tab, or a seperate window. Click Save to add the PWA.
After the PWA is added, you will see it in the App listing. The app will force install by default, and you have the option to pin it to the users’ taskbars.