Cisco Edge 340 Series Overview
Cisco Edge 340 Series Overview
Cisco Edge 340 Series is the next-generation device for vertical and enterprise-connected room deployments that provide rich media-enablement capabilities and vertical-specific application support. It integrates rich connectivity to enable all the essential components of a digital connected room experience with Ethernet LAN uplink, wireless access, rich media, and application computing. It is also an open application platform that allows you to customize it to enable vertical solutions.
Digital Media Player
The Cisco Edge 340 Series device functions as a next-generation digital media player for the following solutions:
- Digital media signage
- Sports and entertainment
In the digital media signage solution, the Cisco Edge 340 Series device acts as a Digital Media Player (DMP) to provide the functions of both video and audio player. Additionally, it also provides high computing capability and local storage for the content.
The Cisco Edge 340 Series supports vertical applications and provides computing power, storage, and simple connectivity functions.
Home Automation Gateway
The Cisco Edge 340 Series functions as a home service gateway that is deployed at homes, sitting behind a residential gateway device, to provide home automation service through WiFi, to connect and control smart electric appliances.
Cisco Edge 340 Series Features and Application Support
The Cisco Edge 340 Series provides these features and application support:
- VLC player
- SM player
- Document viewer
- Visual Presenter
- Video conference
- Screen capture
- VPN client support
- SNMP support
For detailed information about these features and applications, refer to Release Notes for the Cisco Edge 340 Series for your version.
Logging in to the System
To power on and log in to the Cisco Edge 340 Series system, follow these steps:
Step 1 Connect the power cord of the Cisco Edge 340 Series to an electrical outlet.
Step 2 Connect the monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the Cisco Edge 340 Series.
Step 3 Press the Power button to power on the Cisco Edge 340 Series. The following screen is displayed:
Figure 1-1 Log In Screen - User name
Step 4 Enter user in the Username field and click Log In. The following screen is displayed:
Figure 1-2 Log In Screen - User name
Step 5 Enter User123! in the Password field and click the Log In button to log in to the system.
Note Change the default password immediately after you have successfully logged in to the system.
Note If you try to log in to the system with a wrong user name or password, the system will be locked for 15 seconds. During this period, although you use the correct user name and password, you still cannot log in successfully. You must wait for 15 seconds and try again.
Management and Configuration Support
The Cisco Edge 340 Series supports the following management and configuration methods:
You are recommended to use the web GUI to configure the Cisco Edge 340 Series and monitor the status locally or remotely. For more information, see Chapter2, “Configuring the Web GUI”
As an option, you can also use CLISH to configure the Cisco Edge 340 Series for the local CLI configuration. The CLI uses only those commands that are specific to the Cisco Edge 340 Series. Although the syntax is similar to the Cisco IOS CLI, the commands are incompatible with Cisco IOS commands. For more information, see Chapter3, “Configuring Local CLI - CLISH”
System Installation and Upgrade
The Cisco Edge 340 Series supports the following installation and upgrade types:
USB Mode Installation and Upgrade
The Cisco Edge 340 Series software releases a self-extract installer. The file name of the self-extract installer is Cisco-Edge- version -i386-DVD.bin, where version is the software release version. It is an executive file that helps you to perform the installation automatically. When you execute the self-extract installer, the installation-related files are extracted to the hard drive of the Cisco Edge 340 Series, and a livecd is created in the internal USB. The system then boots from the internal USB (also known as the factory mode) and performs the installation automatically.
If the internal USB has already been created as a livecd, you can press the factory mode pinhole on the front panel of the Cisco Edge 340 Series to enter the factory mode and perform the installation procedure automatically.
Note Usually, the internal USB is created as a livecd in the factory. Executing the self-extract installer will overwrite the original livecd and create a new one.
Before you execute the self-extractor installer, perform the following steps to make sure that the installation will be successful.
Step 1 Locate your target self-extract installer (Cisco-Edge-xxx-i386-DVD.bin).
Step 2 Make sure that the livecd-tools has been installed using the following command:
Step 3 Make sure there is at least 1.5G free space on HOME or ROOT partition. If you execute the self-extractor installer without enough space on the partition, you will see the either of the following message displayed: No enough disk free space or Failed to extract ISO!
- Use the following command to check the available space on the HOME partition:
- Use the following command to check the available space on the ROOT partition:
Step 4 If you want to use an external USB as the target USB, make sure the first partition of the USB has at least 1.5G free space. The ext4 format is recommended, and ext3/fat32 format is also supported.
Step 5 Make sure the self-extract-installer (Cisco-Edge-xxx-i386-DVD.bin) has the executable attribute. Set the attribute with the following command:
chmod a+x /path/to/ Cisco-Edge-xxx-i386-DVD.bin
Step 6 Make sure no other installation or upgrade process is ongoing.
Note If another installation or upgrade process is ongoing, and you execute the self-extractor installer, you will see the following message displayed: an install process is ongoing. You can wait until the ongoing upgrade process is finished, or you can reboot the system, and then execute the self-extractor installer again.
Note When you select the internal USB as target livecd, if power failure happens during the process of command execution, the old livecd on the internal USB will be wiped. You have to rebuild a livecd disk on the internal USB.
You can use the Cisco-Edge- version -i386-DVD.bin command with different parameters to implement installation or upgrade, print help, or create livecd only. In the command, version indicates the image version, which will be 1.1 for this release. For the installation and upgrade of the releases other than 1.1, refer to the software configuration guide of corresponding releases.
Note When you use this method to install or upgrade the system, make sure there is 1.5G free space at least.
1. To select the internal USB as a livecd disk and boot into factory mode to finish the installation automatically, use the following command:
2. To print help and then exit, use the following command:
3. To create livecd only, without entering factory mode nor executing the system installation program, use the following command:
Cisco-Edge-1.1-i386-DVD.bin -t|--target <dev>
<dev> is the full path of the target u-disk into which the livecd will be burned, for example, /dev/sdb1.
4. To wipe the home partition before the system is installed, use the following command:
Note When the home partition is wiped, user data will be lost.
Remote Upgrade from the Web GUI
You can perform a remote upgrade for the Cisco Edge 340 Series using the web GUI if you have the address to download the self-extract installer. When you choose to perform the remove upgrade, the system will automatically download the self-extract-installer from the URL that you provide and execute the self-extract-installer to finish the installation.
BIOS upgrade can only be performed by manually installing the package and executing the commands in the Linux environment. BIOS is a critical part of the system, and there is no software recovery method if it crashes. To ensure successful BIOS upgrade, make sure that the external power supply is always connected, and do not perform any power cycle action during the upgrade process.