The Hardware You Need for Setting Up Digital Signage

Learn what hardware is needed for setting up a digital signage solution — whether simple or complex — with our comprehensive guide.

Getting started with digital signage has never been easier, and all the hardware you require can be found right at your fingertips. In this article, we'll guide you through the essential elements you'll need: a screen and a computer or smartphone.

Whether you're a business owner, an event organizer, or simply a creative individual with a message to share, we've got you covered. Get ready to unleash your imagination and bring your ideas to life as we provide you with expert advice and all the necessary tools to embark on your digital signage journey.

Why Digital Signage?

Digital signage is no longer the way of the future; it’s happening today. Vibrant displays are proven to capture attention and leave a lasting impact on clients. With digital signage, you wield the power of real-time content management, enabling you to effortlessly update and customize your message at any moment. Gone are the days of printing and distributing static signs. Embrace the dynamic nature of digital signage, where you can seamlessly adapt your content to suit changing needs, promotions, or events.

Moreover, digital signage offers unparalleled flexibility, allowing you to target specific audiences, locations, and times of day with personalized messages. It's a game-changer for businesses, enhancing brand awareness, driving customer engagement, and even increasing sales.

What Hardware Do I Need for a Digital Signage Display?

Getting started with digital signage is very easy. It’s a cost-wise venture, and you don’t need to be a computer programmer to understand.

Below, we will list all of the hardware, screens, players, and other items a person will need to get started with digital advertising.


Nearly any smart TV with an HDMI port can transform into a stunning digital signage display. So, if you already have a digital TV, you're off to a fantastic start. Google TV and Amazon Fire TV open up a world of opportunities. And alongside the Display NOW Digital Signage Player, these devices can become your loyal companions in the realm of captivating displays. 

Don't worry if your existing display doesn't fit the criteria. We've got you covered! Simply grab a Google TV Stick or an Amazon Fire Stick, plug it into any display with an HDMI port, and let the magic happen. Download the Display NOW App, and you'll have a centralized hub to control multiple digital displays effortlessly.

1. Smart Television

As previously stated, any smart TV will work as a digital display as long as it has an HDMI port. You can turn a tv into digital signage. Ideally, one should use a Google TV or Amazon Fire TV, as it will already have the Display NOW app ready to use out of the box. 

However, if it is simply a smart TV that has an HDMI port but is now Google TV or Amazon Fire TV, that is still okay and will work. One will need a Google TV Stick or an Amazon Fire Stick, which hooks up easily enough into an HDMI port and should cost less than $50. From there, download the Display NOW Digital Signage Player App, and you’re nearly there.

As for quality, any quality will be okay for a television. It does not need an extremely high refresh rate. A wall mount may also be needed. Sizing is entirely up to you, depending on your needs.

2. Computer Monitor

If you don’t have a smart TV and instead would rather use a computer monitor, that is absolutely fine. The computer monitor will need at least one HDMI port so that it can have the Google TV Stick or Amazon Fire Stick. From the stick, you can control all of your content from the Display NOW Digital Signage Player App.

The sizes of computer monitors will vary, and so will the quality. Size is entirely up to you, depending on your needs. As for quality, you don’t need a very high refresh rate as this will be playing signage, not a 4K video game. But, again, a wall mount will probably likely be needed.

Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone

The last piece of digital signage hardware is a computer, tablet, or smartphone. From any of these devices, you can control all of your digital display content. Simply pair the TV or screen to your Display NOW account, and you are good to go.

As for software for digital signage, install the Display NOW app on a compatible device that suits your fancy. Whether it's your trusty smartphone, a sleek tablet, or a mighty desktop computer, the choice is yours. Once the app is up and running, it's time to pair your player with This powerful connection allows you to effortlessly showcase and manage your media from anywhere in the world. With the setup complete, it's time to sit back and relax. Set it up, and then forget about it.

Need to make updates? No problem! The Display NOW app grants you the freedom to easily update your content from any device, no matter where you are. From a coffee shop to a mountaintop, you're always in control. And here's the best part: there's no limit to the number of screens you can conquer. Scale your digital signage empire as your heart desires.

Lastly, let's not forget the convenience of the Digital Signage Manager. This ingenious tool works seamlessly on both desktop and mobile devices, ensuring you have full control and management capabilities wherever you go.

Need Digital Signage for Your Business? Use Display NOW

With Display NOW, we’ve got you covered with an array of user-friendly templates that will make your digital displays shine. But that's not all. The Display Now App goes above and beyond by giving you full control over all your digital displays in one seamless and easy-to-navigate space. No more juggling between different platforms or devices — it's all right at your fingertips.

Now, let's talk about costs. We believe that your digital signage journey shouldn't put a dent in your wallet. While other companies may charge you anywhere from $49 to a staggering $200 per month, depending on the number of screens you require, Display NOW breaks the mold. We offer you a starting point for an affordable price. We're committed to making digital signage accessible to all without sacrificing quality or functionality.

Take the first step towards transforming your digital displays by reaching out to our team of experts and industry leaders at Display NOW. We'll provide you with a personalized consultation to determine the best solution that meets your unique needs. Get ready to unleash the true potential of your digital signage with Display NOW, where creativity meets affordability in perfect harmony. Start your free trial today!


Author - Chris Dukich

Chris Dukich is a visionary problem solver and expert leader who is dedicated to guiding individuals and organizations towards achieving their goals. With a deep understanding of business needs, processes, and cutting-edge technologies, Chris possess the ability to identify, communicate, and unite all relevant parties in order to transform ambitious ideas into tangible realities. As the driving force behind Display NOW, a user-friendly digital signage platform, Chris empowers small business owners to unlock their full potential by equipping them with the necessary tools to attract, inform, and engage with their audience effortlessly.