Using Remote Settings Control without access to a private web server
If you don't have access to a private web server, external hosting can be a great alternative to use for our remote update features. We've also heard from users who've found that this type of set-up works well for testing the remote update functionality before requesting space on a corporate or client server for final deployment.
We've chosen Dropbox for this step by step guide because it's widely used, offering free accounts, an easy-to-use interface, and reliable hosting, but there are many other options in this space. Any hosting provider that allows for the direct download of a file from a public link should work.
To use Dropbox:
- Create a free Dropbox account at www.dropbox.com if you don't already have one. You'll also need an XML file with your settings configuration, either exported from Kiosk Pro or created from our XML templates.
- Sign in to your Dropbox account and upload the .xml file of your choice.
- Create a public link to the file and obtain the internet address path:
- Select the .xml settings file you've uploaded on the Dropbox website.
- Click the Share Link button.
- In the box that pops up, click the Get Link button. The file will be made publicly available and the internet address path will be copied.
- Modify the internet address path slightly. At the end of the URL, change "?dl=0" to "?dl=1". For example:
Make sure you change this path in both inside Kiosk Pro's settings under the 'XML File Location' setting and inside the actual XML settings file.
Without the address path inside the .xml settings file, the kiosk will update once the when the app is initially run, but this update will overwrite the 'XML File Location' you set in the previous step, essentially blanking it out, and the kiosk will be unable to check for future changes.
Once the full internet address path is in both locations and Remote Settings are enabled, all compatible kiosk settings can be updated through changes to that .xml settings file. When the update timer is triggered, Kiosk Pro will check Dropbox for any changes to the .xml settings file, then refresh the page to show the new changes made.