Chrome Device Manual Wireless Configuration

This article will cover manual configuration of a wireless network on a Chrome device, the pictures below show an AOpen Chromebox Mini, but the process for other devices is the same.

 

 

If your Chromebox is already powered on, press and hold the power button on the Chromebox to turn it off. The button location may vary depending on the model of Chrome device. Simply unplug the power cord if you’re working with a Chromebit.

 

 

Connect a keyboard/mouse to the Chromebox and get prepared to press the key combination: Ctrl + Alt + S. This shortcut will skip Kiosk mode and bring you to the Chrome desktop.

 

 

Power on the Chromebox, and press Ctrl + Alt + S when prompted at the white Arreya splash screen. If you do not press the shortcut at the correct time, the Arreya application will not be skipped. It may help to repeatedly press the shortcut after powering the Chromebox back up, until the Chrome desktop is shown.

The first screen that appears when you enter the desktop will either be a login screen or a connection error prompting you to select a network to connect to. If the network selection screen appears, click the dropdown box and select your desired wireless network and enter the password to connect.

You do not need to login.

 

 

If the screen does not appear, click the time information in the bottom right corner to bring up the system menu.

 

 

Click “No network” to display available networks to connect to.

 

 

Click the desired network, a screen will prompt you to input your password.

 

 

After successfully connecting to the network, power the Chrome device down with the power button. Power the Chrome device up again and allow the Arreya app to run.

 

The device should now be connected to the internet.

Enable On-Screen (virtual) Keyboard on a Chrome Device

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To enable the virtual keyboard on ChromeOS:

Sometimes you just want a keyboard on your tablet or handheld device. Now you don’t have to buy a new external keyboard, because Chrome offers the virtual keyboard function.

On the login screen –

  1. Click the clock in the lower right hand corner
  2. Click “Accessibility”
  3. Click “On-screen keyboard”

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How to enable Unified Desktop for video walls in Chrome OS

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For unmanaged devices –

  1. Log in to the device
  2. Open a browser window and type chrome://flags in the URL bar
  3. Scroll down to “Unified desktop mode” and click “Enable” below it
  4. Reboot and your monitors should behave as one large desktop

 

For managed devices (Chrome Device Management) –

  1. Log in to your Google Admin console
  2. Click “Device Management
  3. Click “Chrome Management” under “Device Settings” in the upper left
  4. Click “App Management
  5. Click on the “Arreya” app in the list (if it is not there, please follow instructions for configuring Arreya in managed kiosk mode)
  6. Click “Kiosk Settings
  7. Choose the desired OU
  8. Click the switch that says “Enabled unified desktop (BETA)
  9. Click “Save

Moving a device from one channel to another

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To move a device from one channel to another –

Delete the device from the current channel

  1. Log in to the account where the device is currently paired – https://yourchannel.arreya.com/login
  2. Click Management -> Devices
  3. Click [Delete] and then [Ok] to confirm deleting the device

The device will return to the pairing screen, presenting a new 4 digit code.
Tip: If you are using Chrome Device Management with manual pairing, you can use CDM to take a screenshot of a remote device and retrieve the 4 digit pairing code.

 

Add the device to the new channel

  1. Log in to the new account for the device – https://theotherchannel.arreya.com/login
  2. Click Mangement -> Devices
  3. Click [+ Add Device]
  4. Enter a name for the device, and the 4 digit pairing code
  5. Click [Add Device!]

Your new device will show in the list below the map

Configuring a Windows, Mac, or Linux device with Arreya

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Configuring a non-Chrome device with Arreya:

 

Part 1 – Install Chrome

https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/

Part 2 – Install the Arreya Chrome app

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/arreya/nloplhgjobaomjdppnbcdjfgbefifbdo

Part 3 – Pair your channel with the app

  1. Log in to your Arreya account
  2. Click [Management]
  3. Click [Devices]
  4. Click [+ Add Device]
  5. Enter a name for the device and the code displayed on the screen
  6. When you click OK, the device will pair and the app will now display your content.  Anytime the app is open the content will display.

 

You will need to lock down your os/device and set the arreya app to auto-launch if you want to install this as a permanent solution!