The Catch Connect client software is available for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. Here are a few options on where to run the software.
An unmanaged host is a device that you maintain upgrades and security patches on yourself. When testing Catch Connect, you may run the client on your laptop. That is a great example of an unmanaged host.
Operating system and application updates are performed on the device itself, not from the Catch Connect Management Dashboard. To update the Catch Connect client, simply download and re-install the software. All of your settings are automatically restored.
Being able to run the Catch Connect client on any computer, server or virtual machine gives you lots of flexibility and choice, but also the responsibility of maintaining device and application updates.
For managed hosts, we provide a complete image that includes the operating system and Catch Connect client application. The operating system and client application can be updated automatically or on-demand from the Catch Connect Management Dashboard.
Managed hosts use balenaOS and balenaCloud to keep everything up-to-date and provide advanced support. You can learn more about balena here.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B & Model B+
You can build your own device to run the Catch Connect client with a Raspberry Pi Kit.
Once the device is assembled, you’ll need to flash the Catch Connect client image to the SD card with a program like etcher. Then you can register the client to your account. Click here for a tutorial on registering Catch Connect clients.
* Note for all Raspberry Pi devices: Make sure the HDMI output is connected to a working display before powering on the device. Otherwise you may not see a video signal.
Global Cache Global Connect
Global Connect is Global Caché’s modular connectivity platform designed to be installed in a 19″ equipment rack. When ordered with the built-in Raspberry Pi 3 option, the Catch Connect client image is delivered pre-installed.
That means no fumbling with SD cards or assembling your own device. Just install, connect to a display and register the client to your account. Catch Connect services are available for all of Global Cache’s I/O and HDMI/CEC products.
NEC SoC Displays
The Raspberry Pi Compute Module has a different form factor than the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/+ and is intended for industrial applications. The removable SD card is replaced with a non-removable eMMC flash device.
Hosting the Catch Connect client directly in a video display is a great way to provide automation, monitoring and digital signage on a per-room basis with a minimal amount of hardware. Contact your NEC distributor for the availability of NEC SoC displays pre-installed with the Catch Connect client image.
The balenaFin is a professional carrier board for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. A modular DIN-rail case is available as a useful mounting option.
When using the balenaFin you will need to flash the Catch Connect client image to the device with etcher.