Display Tableau on Big Screen TV with OptiSigns

You made an awesome Tableau Dashboard. Now it's time for everyone in the office to see it.

Using OptiSigns you can easily share your Tableau Dashboard on TVs so that more people leverage its accessibility. This is much better than hooking up a laptop or PC because with OptiSigns you can:

  • Auto-start and display the dashboard with zero touch

  • Cycle through multiple Tableau Dashboards to display a range of important priorities

  • Make a playlist and mix in other office communications (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Images, Videos, YouTube etc.)

  • You can remotely update and schedule any contents, including a selection of Tableau Dashboards

Let's dive in to see how this all works!

If you haven't use OptiSigns yet, it is a digital signage app running on Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi that allow you to remotely manage contents on your digital screens. You can try for free by follow set up guide for Windows or Mac.

Once your screen is paired with OptiSigns, you can create an instance of our Tableau Dashboard.

  • First log in to app.optisigns.com

  • Click Files/Assets

  • Then Click Apps & Select Tableau App

  • Then go to your Tableau Dashboard click Share to get the URL.

  • You can add ?:embed=yes&:tabs=no at the end of the URL so it will hide Tableau Menu and the Dashboard will look cleaner on TV. So your URL should look like this:

    http://tabserver/views/Date-Time/DateCalcs?:embed=yes&:tabs=no

  • Go back to OptiSigns and paste the URL in the Modal like below.

  • You can also give the Tableau App a name. This name is only for internal management in OptiSigns. It will not show on the TV.

  • For duration, please enter how often you want the Dashboard to be refreshed (this is equivalent of a browser tab that displaying the Dashboard). Once an hour (3600s) is a good interval. Do not refresh the Dashboard too frequently as it will cause Tableau Online to throw authentication issues and force your user account to log out.

Now assign the newly created Tableau App to your screen, by going to Screens tab, and click Edit Screen.

  • Then select Type: Assets

  • And select the newly crated Tableau App. In this case it's Tableau - Sales Dashboard 

  • Then click Save.

The Tableau Dashboard now is assigned to your screen.

Unlike PowerBI, Tableau does not provide an Authentication API, you will have to enter username and password for each devices and click Save password.

That's it! Your dashboard is now displayed on your TV.

Next, you can remotely change the device to display a different Dashboard any time by using the app.optisigns.com portal.

You can also create a Playlist to cycle through many Dashboards or even add images or other content to mix in with your Dashboard content. OptiSigns has a large selection of apps that can help improve office communication such as Outlook Calendar, Google Calendar, Notice Boards, Social Media Feeds, etc. Visit our app page to learn more.

A note in using Tableau on Digital Signs:

For best results, please use Windows, Linux, Mac or Raspberry Pi to display your Tableau Dashboard.

Android boxes or FireStick will be harder to enter your credentials and Tableau Online frequently kicks these devices out of authentication, so it can be come a nuisance.

We recommend using Raspberry Pi as player as it's cost efficient (about ~$70) and supports Tableau Online well.

Thank you for reading, if you have any questions or feedback, please share with us at support@optisigns.com

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