PADS4 System Requirements

The basic hardware requirements of a digital signage solution is a display monitor and a computer (PADS Standalone). Once you require more display screens and in different locations you will then require a server to manage and distribute your content to the right display at the right time (PADS Professional, PADSXPRESS, PADS Suites).

System Requirements – Network Installations:

For a complete PADS configuration you need:

  • A Server PC
  • Manager/Designer/Agent PCs (optional)
  • Displays with built-in or attached Viewer PC
  • A network infrastructure

PADS Server PC

PADS Server is the pivot of your system. The requirements for the PADS Server PC are dependent on the size and usage of your installation. For large, mission critical systems we recommend to use clustering technology with RAID facilities.

PADS Manager/Designer/Agent PC

The PADS Manager, Designer and Agent application can run either on the PADS Server PC or on a separate Desktop PC. To get a good impression how your designed presentations will perform we recommend you to use a configuration for PADS Designer that is comparable with that of your PADS Viewers.

PADS Viewers PC

Especially for PADS Viewer it is important that you use the right hardware to get the best performance. In particular the choice of the video card plays a crucial role.

When you plan to playback ‘heavy’ content we recommend you to use the following configuration for your PADS Viewer PC:

 Item  Recommended
Processor Intel Core2Duo (2.0 GHz)
Memory 2,048 MB
Video card Tier-2 compatible
Video memory 256 MB or more
Operating system Windows 7 +

The minimum requirements for PADS Viewer and recommended requirements for ‘light’ content are of course significantly lower.

Video card

We advise you to choose a video card that is tier-2 compliant, has a good GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) and at least 256 MB of video memory available.

Operating system

As operating system for the PADS Viewer PC we recommend Windows 7. This operating system takes full advantage of the capabilities of your video card, resulting into a significantly better performance. As an alternative you can use Windows Vista, Windows XP or Windows XP Embedded.

Network

All PADS components must be able to communicate with the PADS Server PC through a local network or Internet connection.


Standalone Configurations

To get the best performance out of PADS Standalone it is important that you use the right hardware. In particular the choice of the video card plays a crucial role.

When you plan to playback ‘heavy’ content we recommend you to use the following configuration for your PADS Standalone PC:

  Item   Recommended
Processor Intel Core2Duo (2.0 GHz)
Memory 2,048 MB
Video card Tier-2 compatible
Video memory 256 MB or more
Operating system Windows 7 +

The minimum requirements for PADS Standalone and recommended requirements for ‘light’ content are of course significantly lower.

Video card

We advise you to choose a video card that is tier-2 compliant, has a good GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) and at least 256 MB of video memory available.

Operating system

As operating system we recommend Windows 7. This operating system takes full advantage of the capabilities of your video card, resulting into a significantly better performance. As an alternative you can use Windows Vista or Windows XP.