TV Wall using Cisco DMS

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Sep 14th, 2010

We want to build a TV wall using Cisco DMS.


For example, the wall is 3x3 52" Cisco LCD.

The functionality of this wall is next:

Screens 1,2,4,5 - Live video or VoD

Screens 3,6 - RSS dynamic content  - weather, shedule of something

Screens 7,8,9 - 3 separate signage posters with common moving text in the bottom

How to merge screens in TV wall?

How to manage this wall with DMM?

How many players do we need?

How many RS-232 connection do we need for the remote control?

How to create a presentation in DMD and publish it?

Is there any difference, if the wall will 4x4 40" or 5x5 36"?

Can we use non-Cisco LCD with a slim frame for integrity of the image?

Docs, data sheets?

I have this problem too.
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Tomas De Leon Tue, 09/14/2010 - 12:27


I will provide a document that will give you an overview of what is needed

for a video using Cisco DMPs, LCDs, DMM, and other 3rd Party components &

custom apps.

In order for you to completely understand what is needed, Please contact your

Local Cisco Account Team or Cisco Sales Rep.  You may also need to get

a Cisco Partner that specializes in DMS involved for any required customization

(such as applications & 3rd party components).

That said, I will address some of your questions...

The Cisco LCDs can natively support a 5x5 video wall configuration.

The Cisco has Tilematrix software built in and you tell each display

where it falls in the matrix.  In this setup, there is a single DMP that

connects to an HDMI splitter that sends a single source to each attached

display in the video wall.  Remember this is a Single Source Content to Single

Source output sent to all displays via the HDMI splitter.  Then the tilematrix

software displays its quadrant in the video wall.

With the description you mention, you are breaking things up in the wall so you

will need additional DMPs for each display that wants to display different content.

The document has a little summary of this in the end.  You would uses another display

input (ie. DVI) to for these additional DMPs and then you can control the displays

via RS232 to switch the input to input source two for different content.  The DMM or

DMP APIs could manage and control the content management and deployment


There are various ways to configure a video wall, it just depends on your needs

and expectations.  Your Cisco Account Team or Cisco Partner is there for you to discuss

you specific needs and all of the different options needed to meet your

DMS & Video wall needs.

This should be enough to get you started  and thinking!  ;-)

If this answers your question, Please take time to mark this

discussion answered & rate the response.

Thank You!


max_solovyov Tue, 09/14/2010 - 23:42

Thank you, Tomas.

We need DVI input only if the different video content is shown. If I create a single presentation with 1 video, RSS, and different static signage tickers, I need just a single HDMI? Am I correct?

Tomas De Leon Wed, 09/15/2010 - 04:34


I only mentioned the DVI input as an option since you said you

wanted different screens playing different things (meaning multiple


Think of it this way...

A single SOURCE of content to using a "single" output .. You can

use the HDMI out and use the splitter to split the source to all

of the Displays.  Then use a tile matrix to assign zones.

If you want a multi Source and want to use "Multi" outputs you

will need multiple DMPs and may need to use different inputs to

displays depending on what you are trying to do...


max_solovyov Tue, 09/21/2010 - 04:34

Hello Tomas.

I have one more question about Cisco LCD. Is there an RS-232 cable supplied in 52" or 40"?

Tomas De Leon Tue, 09/21/2010 - 16:48


I can't remember when I unpacked mine but according the documentation

there is.

Open the box and check its contents. It should contain these items:

1 Cisco LCD Professional Series display

1 remote control

2 AAA batteries

1 RS-232 cable

1 power cable

3 BNC to Component adapters (with 52" displays only)

Cisco product documentation (printed or on a CD) that either describes or directs you to:

The product warranty

Regulatory compliance and safety information

Proof of purchase, if relevant

Installation, calibration, and recommended use

Additional product guidance and support



panayiotiscy Fri, 10/08/2010 - 06:53

In regards to the LCDs used for the video wall, is it mandatory to use CISCO lcds?

I'm asking this because cisco lcds are surrounded by a really thick frame which have negative cosmetic appearance!

Is it possible to use any other "video wall capable" lcds? By the way, are there any other brands?

Thank you

Charles Little Fri, 10/08/2010 - 07:38

You don't have to utlize Cisco LCD's, but you do need to use some type of commercial or proffesional grade flat panel. Both NEC and Samsung make lines of LCDs that are specifically designed for deployment of video walls.  Very thin to zero bezel. They offer complete packaged SKU's for video walls with tiling technology that works well with the Cisco DMP.


C.O. Little

panayiotiscy Mon, 10/11/2010 - 05:09

Thank you Charles, we will have a look at these vendors.

I would like to grab the opportunity and ask you about a problem we currently facing at a video wall installation.

The video wall is consisted of 3 cisco lcd monitors. I can control 2 of the cisco lcds ,using any dmp display rs-232 command, but at the same time, the 3rd monitor displays  the " Not available" label. Have you ever encountered this before?

Thank you

Charles Little Mon, 10/11/2010 - 05:15

Hmmm No...Have you switched out or double checked the command cable to the LCD. Sometimes with those cables pins get bent easily. Can you send other rs232 commands to the LCD? That would be the first place I would go.



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