Release Notes

This document describes the Change Log of the V6.5.0 of the RetailPlayer Firmware 

Release Date

 

Change Log

New Features

  • Advanced Scheduling: 
    • advanced triggers with multiple types of repetitions: single, weekly, monthly
    • advanced triggers allow setting the number of times that a trigger will execute, and the execution interval
    • advanced triggers may be restricted to execute only within a start and end date
    • asset rotation bundles: group multiple assets and define round-robin order of playback, for each time an asset is played
    • advanced triggers may control the playback main volume
  • Asset Management:
  • ability to disable individual assets. these assets will not play
  • asset custom gain: each asset may be played with individual custom gain
  • queue assets for sequential playback if triggered while an asset is playing
  • active asset and queue may be flushed/stopped from the portal
  • Security & Other:
    • refuse installation of ancient firmware updates
    • refuse installation of incompatible firmware updates
    • HTTP/HTTPS streams with basic authentication
    • smart timeout: optimize usage of the available buffer to increase resilience to drops in network connectivity
    • the main volume of the device is now set with a soft ramp
    • fade in and out in opening hours (activation schedule)
  • RTP Forwarding:
    • RTP forwarding (BETA): forward the playing audio to an RTP stream with 16bit PCM, stereo, 44.1kHz
  • Changes/Improvements

    • Fallback Tracks:
      • playback of fallback tracks is not interrupted during download of tracks, unless a file is modified while playing
      • start playing fallback tracks as soon as at least one track is available
      • automatically reload fallback tracks as they are downloaded, without interrupting playback
    • Operation & Maintenance: 
      • Device will also update automatically if instructed to during the initial 10 minutes of operation
      • Improved clarity of help messages and UI guidance
      • enable compression of internal logs
      • improved relevance and retention of logs
      • When the portal URL is changed from the web interface, clear the device settings (soft-reset)
      • remove avahi related information from web interface (service not required on RetailPlayer)
      • include asset related information in diagnostics 
    • Other: 
      • do not download assets from the portal if portal connection is down
      • added information about third party software and open-source licenses
      • timeout is more permissive while opening http streams
      • wait longer to retry opening a stream if the format is unknown/unsupported
      • URL scheme is now case-insensitive
      • Assets part of Cue Sets will play regardless of enable/disable state of asset.
      • stability and performance improvements

    Fixes

    • sometimes the device would try play fallback tracks after they were deleted
    • improved buffering of RTP based streans
    • in some rare circumstances the player could freeze and require a reboot to recover, during the playback of fallback tracks
    • LEDs had un-consistent behavior in M400 model
    • player crashed when opening broken mpeg streams whose initial audio packet had a different format from the rest of the stream
    • in some rare circumstances the device could freeze, if the connection to a stream was lost while the buffer was completely full
    • streams with zero-length packets could cause a freeze of the playback
    • memory leak whenever a timeout occurred while opening a stream
    • memory leak whenever the websocket connection failed to establish
    • potential crash if a URL ending with ".m3u" contained an actual stream
    • sometimes, newly registered devices would keep the local UI active after connecting to the portal, even if the portal setting was "disabled"

    Known Limitations / Issues

    • Ethernet interface must be kept in DHCP mode to allow Wireless LAN operation
    • WLAN interface is not identified by Discovery Tool

    Deployment

    DateRecipient / EnvironmentSoftware Package / Version - Download link

      

    Made available in production portal.update-core-image-barix-audioplex-6.5.0.tar