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Setting up and using the Android Mobile Control Apps for SongShow Plus

7/16/2013

*** The Android Mobile Control features requires the installation of at least one of the available SongShow Plus Mobile Control Apps on your Android device and a Professional License for the SongShow Plus host system to work. *** 

The Android Mobile Control Apps for SongShow Plus are designed to make use of your Android device to remotely control many aspects of SongShow Plus.  In order to use this feature you need to have your SongShow Plus system (the Host) setup and have access to certain information about the Host system to control it from your mobile device (the Client). 

One advantage of the SongShow Plus Mobile Control Android Apps is that they will detect all SongShow Plus systems with Mobile Control enabled on your local network making the connection process much easier.

The Host system and your Android device (the Client) must have access to the same network.  In most cases this is accomplished using a wired network with a wireless access point connected to it to provide network access for your wireless devices.  The Host system does not have to have a wireless connection.  Using a wired network connection for the Host system will likely reduce latency and improve response times when controls are invoked.
Response times may vary depending on the speed of your wireless network and firewall settings.

NOTE: Ad-Hoc or Point to Point wireless connections directly to a Host system have not been tested and are not recommended. 

Setup for your Host System

The Host system must have an unlocked, Professional version of SongShow Plus installed on it - see the list at the bottom of this post for details  
Setup of the Mobile Control on the Host will require administrative access to launch the SSP Utilities Panel.

1.      Click on Start > Programs > SongShow Plus > Utilities to open the SSP Utilities panel.

2.      Select the Mobile Control Settings option.

3.      In the Mobile Control panel, make sure the Enabled box is check marked.

4.      *Do Not Enter an IP Address* Click the Default Settings button and leave all of the default selections as they are. 
You should not need to make any changes unless you are running IIS or other HTTP server on the Host system.  Contact your IT Specialist if you are not sure.  If there is something else using port 80 on the Host system, enter an open port of your choosing in the Port field - 8080 is a common choice.  If you are unsure about this, contact your IT Specialist.

5.      Click Save to save and close the Mobile Control configuration panel.

6.      Close the Utilities Panel and launch SongShow Plus.  SongShow Plus must be running to be accessible via Mobile Control.

You may need to know the IP address of the Host system but you do not need to enter it in the setup unless you have more than one network card installed in the Host system.  If you do not know the IP address, you can find it by opening a command prompt on the Host system and entering ipconfig /all.  The displayed information should contain the assigned IP address.  If you have trouble finding this information, talk to your IT Specialist.

NOTE: If your Host system or network has a Firewall enabled you may need to allow SongShow Plus access for proper operation.  You should be prompted to allow the first time you enable the feature but if you disallow or cancel when prompted by your firewall, you may not be prompted again.  You can verify access by opening your firewall settings and making sure SSP is allowed inbound and outbound communication through the firewall.  Refer to KB MC010 for additional details.

Setup for your Android device

Setup for your Android device is pretty simple.  The most important thing is to make sure your mobile device has wireless access to the network that the Host system is connected to.
The SongShow Plus Mobile control feature allows multiple devices to connect at once allowing multiple users to control different aspects of SongShow Plus at the same time from different devices.

1.      Purchase one or more of the SongShow Plus Mobile Control Android Apps from the App Store on your Android device.  CAUTION: if you buy the apps through desktop version of the store (Google Play or other location) rather than directly from your device, make sure it is for the right device as all apps do not work on all Android devices.

2.      Once you have the App(s) installed, launch the App.  Any SSP host systems that are on the same network as your Android device should be detected and listed in the main page of the App.

Using the SongShow Plus Mobile Control Apps

There will be additional feature review posts to the forum to expound on the use of the SongShow Plus Mobile Control Apps, however, listed below are the controls available with a short description.

SongShow Plus Control App - Requires the May 2012 Edition of SongShow Plus or later

  • Remote Bar - Has a top bar with controls for moving forward and back, pause, play, rewind and Mute/Clear functions for SongShow Plus.
  • Current Program - Direct access to program currently running in the Primary Display.
  • Songs - Direct access to the songs database for display on the Primary Display.
  • Stage Monitor - Use your device as a mobile stage monitor.  Only text is supported on the Tablet Stage Monitor.
  • All Media Items - Access to all media with search capability.
  • Background Improv - Direct access to the remote control of Background Improv.  Background Improv must be applied in Display Properties in SongShow Plus for this to work.
  • Color Improv - Direct access to the remote control of Color Improv.  Color Improv must be applied in Display Properties in SongShow Plus for this to work.

SongShow Plus Stage Monitor App - Requires the May 2012 Edition of SongShow Plus or later

  • Stage Monitor - Use your device as a mobile stage monitor.  Only text is supported on the Tablet Stage Monitor. The Message features in the Improv Collection are an overlay which is not supported in the Mobile Stage Monitor.

SongShow Plus Color Improv App - Requires the May 2012 Edition of SongShow Plus or later

  • Color Improv - Direct access to the remote control of Color Improv.  Color Improv must be applied in Display Properties in SongShow Plus for this to work.

SongShow Plus Background Improv App - Requires the May 2012 Edition of SongShow Plus or later

  • Background Improv - Direct access to the remote control of Background Improv.  Background Improv must be applied in Display Properties in SongShow Plus for this to work.

SongShow Plus Remote Control App - Requires the May 2012 Edition of SongShow Plus or later

  • Wireless remote for SongShow Plus displayed as a pad with controls for moving forward and back, pause, play, rewind and Mute/Clear functions for SongShow Plus.

SongShow Plus Media Uploader App - Requires the May 2012 Edition of SongShow Plus or later

  • Provides the ability for the user to upload image and video files from the device to the SongShow Plus host machine via the wireless network.

 (MC008)

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