Note: if you’ve already set up G Suite and purchased Chrome licenses for your devices, you can skip down to part 2 of the Fugo Chrome OS Setup Guide below.
What you need to run Fugo in kiosk mode
Breaking down Chrome Enterprise device management
When running your digital signage on a Chrome device, we recommend using Fugo in kiosk mode.
Chrome devices include those that run on Chrome OS: Chromebits, Chromeboxes, Chromebases, and Chromebooks.
Kiosk mode allows you to run a single app on your Chrome device and lock it to keep anyone from interfering with it. Also, if there's a power failure or the app crashes, the device will auto-reboot the app again.
All Chrome devices require a Chrome license (a license you buy for device management) to run Fugo in kiosk mode. This license ties your Chrome device to your G Suite domain.
You can read this article for an in-depth explanation of the service and subscription options for Chrome devices, but the short version is that a Chrome Enterprise annual license will cost you $50 annually per device, while a Chrome Enterprise perpetual license will cost you $150 per device for the lifespan of the device. Either license will allow you to use Fugo in kiosk mode on your device.
Your Chrome licenses give you access to Chrome Enterprise, a suite of device management features for Chrome devices in Google Admin that lets you manage the Chrome devices you have licenses for. Google Admin is included with G Suite, so in order to use Chrome Enterprise in Google Admin, you’ll need to set up G Suite.
You can find pricing plans for G Suite here, but the short version is that a basic plan will run you $6 per user a month, while a business plan will run you $12 per user month.
No problem. There’s a lot to absorb. Let’s break down what you’ll need and what the costs are:
- A Chrome OS device like a Chromebox or Chromebase. We can recommend a few:
CTL Chromebox CBX1 (base models starting around $249)
AOpen’s Chromebox Mini (coming in slightly over $200)
AOpen’s Chromebox Commercial 2 (base models start around $350)
Chromebase Mini (base price around $350)
- A G Suite account for using Google Admin, with at least 1 user account for admin purposes. You’ll need a G Suite domain and either a basic account ($6 per user a month) or a Business account ($12 per user per month.)
- Chrome licenses for each of your devices to get access to Chrome Enterprise features in Google Admin. A Chrome Enterprise annual license is $50 annually per device & a Chrome Enterprise perpetual license is $150 per device for the lifespan of the device.
- A Fugo subscription, starting at $20 per screen per month.
Fugo Chrome OS Setup Guide
1. Set up G Suite & Purchase Chrome licenses
This guide will cover 3 parts. If you’ve already set up G Suite and have your Chrome licenses you can skip forward to Part 2 below.
1.1. Set up G Suite with at least 1 user account for admin purposes
Like we said above, you’ll need your own domain to connect to your G Suite account. When setting up G Suite, you’ll have to set up at least one user account to be an administrator. For an in-depth guide for setting up G Suite, go here.
1.2 Purchase Chrome Enterprise licenses
You can purchase Chrome licenses manually from the Google admin console OR through a Google partner (the recommended way.) You can read in-depth about how to do it either way in this guide.
2. Set up Fugo as a kiosk app in Chrome device management
Alright, so you’ve set up G Suite, accessed the Google Admin console, and have purchased licenses for your devices. Now you need to go to the Chrome device management section of Google Admin console and add Fugo as a kiosk app for the devices you want to enroll.
By doing this the Fugo player app will automatically be installed on your devices and set to automatically launch and run in kiosk mode whenever you turn them on.
1.2 Login to the Google Admin Console
1.3 Click on Devices
1.4 On the next page, click on Chrome in the menu panel to the left
1.5 In the drop down menu click on Apps & extensions, then Kiosks
1.6 On the next page, hover and then click on the yellow Add by URL icon in the bottom right corner. Then enter the Fugo player URL into the space provided - https://player.fugo.ai - and click Save
1.7 A pop-up window will appear asking you to authorize Google to grant permissions to the Fugo web app. Click Agree.
1.8 Back on the Kiosks page you should now see React App (don’t worry - that’s Fugo) as the Auto-launch app. Directly next to that on the right, click on the drop down icon under Installation policy and select React App. This will set the Fugo app to autostart.
1.9 Now that you’re done, click Save in the top right corner of the window
3. Enroll your devices
With Fugo set as a kiosk app for your devices, you can enroll them.
Note: If you’ve used your Chrome device prior to this setup you’ll need to wipe your device. You can find detailed instructions for how to do that here.
3.1 Turn on your Chrome device and follow the instructions on screen until you get to the sign in screen. Don’t sign in just yet. If you see the enrollment screen instead of the sign-in screen, go to Step 4.
3.2 If you're enrolling a Chromebook tablet, tap Email or phone. Then, tap the three-dot "More" icon > Switch to full layout to open the on-screen keyboard.
3.3 Before signing in to your device, press Ctrl+Alt+E to go to the enrollment screen
3.4 Enter the username and password from your Google admin welcome letter or for a Google Account that has eligibility to enroll.
3.5 Click Enroll device. When you get a confirmation message that the device is successfully enrolled, click Done.
Once this is all done your Chrome device may reboot and launch Fugo as a kiosk app.
Pair your screen to Fugo CMS
You can find instructions for how to add your screen to a Fugo account here.
If you haven’t started your 14-day free trial, you can sign up here.
If you have any questions for us about using Fugo on a Chrome OS device, you can reach our support team any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.