Display your dashboard on a TV

At Geckoboard, we believe that prominently displaying your key metrics on TVs in your workplace enables everyone to understand what’s important to your company and how you’re doing against your goals. Sharing metrics like this helps direct everyone’s energy towards your success.

Selecting the appropriate hardware

There are three important decisions to make when planning your setup:

  1. Which device should power your screen.
  2. Which screen should display your dashboard.
  3. Where to position your screen in your workplace.

Choosing a device

Tip: We recommend the ASUS Chromebit because of its price, size, and that it runs Chrome. Since it’s a Chrome OS device, it’s also compatible with our Chrome app for Chrome OS.

If you don't have a Chromebit, and you're unsure as to whether Geckoboard will run on a particular device, we recommend the following as a minimum requirement:

  • Browser
    Chrome or Firefox (updated to latest version to fully support HTML5 and JavaScript). Internet Explorer and stock Android browsers are not supported.
  • Memory
    At least 512MB.
  • Other requirements
    • Supports landscape or portrait modes.
    • Supports full screen mode.
    • HDMI output or appropriate cable for your screen.
    • Ability to connect to a wireless network.

Choosing a screen

There are no firm requirements for choosing a screen to display your dashboard. We only recommend using the largest screen possible, as it will make your data easier to read from a distance.

Our dashboards have been designed to automatically scale to fill the space you give them, so we can support 4K as well as HD displays.

Warning: If you’re using a Smart TV, we still recommend using an external device to run Geckoboard. Smart TV web browsers are typically underpowered and not up-to-date, so we can't guarantee things will run smoothly.

Choosing where to position your screen

For your dashboard display to have the most impact, it’s important that you choose its position wisely. After all, they should be visible at a glance for everyone involved with improving the metrics they display.

Further reading

Display your dashboard using Screens

Who can use this feature?
Screens is available to all subscribers on our current flexible plans. If you're on a legacy plan and want to use this feature, you'll need to switch to one of our newer plans.

Note: If you’re using our recommended device (the ASUS Chromebit), or another Chrome OS device, you should follow our walkthrough to connect your device.

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To display your dashboard, follow these steps.

  1. Open a browser on the device connected to your TV.
  2. Enter gbrd.tv into the address bar of your browser and press Enter.
  3. You should now see a pairing code on your screen.

    Tip: If you're seeing a blank screen, try updating your browser and ensuring that Javascript is enabled.

  4. On a different device, login to your Geckoboard account and click Screens.
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  5. Enter the pairing code on the screen that appears. If you already have screens paired, you'll need to click Add new screen first.Enter_pairing_code.png
  6. Your screen is now paired and will display the dashboard you’ve currently selected.

    Tip: Do you have more dashboards than TVs? Why not create a loop – perfect for cycling through multiple dashboards on a single display.

  7. To display a different dashboard or dashboard loop, click the dropdown list beside the device you want to display it on. Manage_connected_screens.jpg
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