KB296: Hardware & operating system requirements for Control 5

Summary

Due to the complex nature of Omnivex display management software, there are many factors that can affect system performance. Determining appropriate system requirements for Omnivex display management software can be difficult, but there are several recommended hardware components and configurations.

Typically, the minimum hardware specification is usually sufficient for running display management software such as Omnivex Control Director, Server and Player. Note that display systems tend to increase in complexity as users become more experienced with the software and the display network matures. As a result, we recommend exceeding the minimum hardware requirements.

Recommended computer specifications

These computer configurations are intended to provide a minimum recommendation for a typical system, based on our experience.

Typically, we recommend pre-configured models from well-known computer manufacturers, but a well-built custom computer that meets the requirements can also be used.

Hardware Control Director Control Server Control Player
operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Professional Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Professional
central processor 2.0 GHz 2.0 GHz 2.0 GHz
memory 2 GB 2 GB 2 GB
graphics adapter Any graphics processor or expansion card Any graphics processor or expansion card Any graphics processor or expansion card
storage 50 MB free hard drive space 200 MB free hard drive space 50 MB free hard drive space
serial ports N/A N/A One free port per device

Operating system

For a comprehensive and up-to-date reference of current Omnivex products and the operating systems supported, see knowledge base article 308.

Central processor

Typically, Omnivex Control requires low levels of processing power.

Memory

The amount of RAM required for running Control Director, Server or Player is determined by the operating system, not the applications. For example, Microsoft Windows XP requires a minimum of 128 MB of RAM for basic operating system functions, but a minimum of 256 MB is recommended just for the operating system.

Display adapter

Integrated video or any graphics processor or expansion card is sufficient for Control Director, Server or Player.

Omnivex software is hardware independent and it functions properly with any display adapter.

Storage

The amount of hard drive space required for running Omnivex applications is determined by the operating system, not the applications. For example, current versions of Windows take between 1 and 10 GB of storage space while Omnivex applications take anywhere from a few MB to a few hundred MB for installation.

Typically, you should have at least 1.5 times the RAM in free hard drive space. For example, a PC with 2 GB of RAM should have at least 3 GB of free space on the hard drive.

Serial ports

Depending on the display device you are using, you may either require a port for each display or they may support a daisy-chain arrangement. Provided the devices support a unique unit ID, it is possible to use a single serial port to control the entire chain of devices. However, if the devices do not support a unit ID or do not support a daisy-chain serial configuration then your Control Player computer must have an available serial port for each display device you want to control from that computer.

Most computers come with one or two serial ports but you can add ports by using a USB to serial port device.