Display your dashboard on a TV: our guide and recommended devices

With the right equipment and an hour or so of your time, getting your dashboard to display on a mounted TV in your office is relatively straightforward.

In this article, we'll explore the different options for displaying your dashboard on a screen, depending on your budget, existing equipment, and who'll be setting it up.

Step 1: Choose a screen

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.

Next you'll want to think about 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.

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Step 2: Connect your screen to a device

There are a whole range of devices on the market that could be used to display your dashboard on a screen. Do have a look around your office for suitable devices or screens that aren't being used. If you have an old/spare PC to hand you could repurpose it to power the dashboards on your screen. You can always build your ideal setup later.

You can also run a basic version of Geckoboard using many browsers built into Smart TVs, meaning you don’t need a separate external device to display Geckoboard. However there are some limitations.

Buyer's checklist

Our recommended setup involves getting a device that:

  • Will automatically load your dashboard on boot up (Kiosk mode).
  • Runs a modern web browser like Chrome or Firefox (updated to latest version to fully support HTML5 and JavaScript). Internet Explorer and stock Android browsers aren't supported.
  • Supports full screen mode.
  • Has an HDMI output or appropriate cable for your screen.
  • Has at least 512mb of memory.
  • Can connect to the internet.

Small form-factor PCs recommended

Image of tv connected to send to tv device One of the easiest ways to get your dashboards running on a TV. These small, discreet computers plug directly into an HDMI port on your TV.

As well as being relatively inexpensive, they are optimized for running the most up-to-date browsers, can run in full screen mode, can be used in portrait or landscape, and importantly, they can automatically load your dashboard on boot up (Kiosk mode).

Windows 10 devices

There are plenty of small form factor PCs powering Windows 10 on the market. From inexpensive stick PCs like the T6 Intel Atom Z8350 and Asus VivoStick PC, to faster alternatives like the MINIX NEO series, these discreet PCs can easily hide behind your TV or monitor.

Walkthrough: Set up Geckoboard using our Windows Kiosk app

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi 3 Cheaper than the rest and very reliable, the Raspberry Pi will easily get your dashboards up and running on a TV. Its small size also means it hides neatly behind your TV when plugged in.

Walkthrough: Set up Geckoboard on a Raspberry Pi

Chrome OS devices

Asus Chromebox The more powerful device for running Chrome OS. It can handle slightly more than the Chromebit, but it’s bulkier and needs extra cables so it’s harder to hide.

Asus Chromebit Small and relatively inexpensive HDMI stick PC that plugs directly int your TV or monitor. Google will soon be deprecating this device, so we don't recommend it.

Walkthrough: Set up Geckoboard on a Chrome OS device

Casting and mirroring device

Image of casting device

Note

We don't recommended casting and mirroring devices as a long term solution as they require you to keep your dashboard loaded up on your desktop machine. They can be useful whilst trialing Geckoboard and TV dashboards before buying more suitable hardware.

Casting or mirroring a browser tab from your desktop machine containing your dashboard is a quick way to display a dashboard for a short period of time.

Chromecast

Google Chromecast Google’s Chromecast is a small, inexpensive dongle that plugs into a screen’s HDMI port. You can cast content to it from Google Chrome (running on your desktop machine), or a number of apps.

Walkthrough: Set up Geckoboard on a Chromecast

Apple TV

Apple TVThere's no web browser on the Apple TV, so your only option to is to use AirPlay to mirror your Apple computer's screen displaying your dashboard to Apple TV.

Walkthrough: Set up Geckoboard on Apple TV

Smart TV browser

Image of a smart tv browser displaying a dashboard

Some, but not all, smart TVs have their own built-in browser. These browsers are often low-powered and infrequently updated by manufacturers.

Geckoboard Lite is a limited version of Geckoboard designed to display our dashboards on basic web browsers, like the ones you'll find on smart TVs, that don't fully support HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

Smart TVs aren't able to automatically open their browsers on boot up (Kiosk mode). This can make them difficult to maintain long-term.

Walkthrough: Use Geckoboard Lite to display your dashboard

Step 3: Display your dashboard

Once your hardware is set up, you'll need to load up your dashboard in your browser.

The quickest and easiest method to display your dashboard is to use our Send to TV feature to pair your device to your Geckoboard account and manage which dashboard is displayed remotely.

If you then want to display several dashboards on the same screen you can create a Dashboard Loop.

Another approach is to navigate your device’s browser to a Secure Sharing Link.

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