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Before installation, unpack the Scala Media Player-R unit and carefully inspect it for damage.

Default User Account Credentials

The player arrives to you set up with two user accounts, as outlined in the table below. For more information about user accounts, refer to Understanding the User Accounts on Linux Players.

Proper security practice requires that you change the default passwords to strong passwords before deployment. For instructions, refer to  Changing Passwords for the User Accounts on a Linux Player.



Default Password

Configure Player accountconfigscala123#
Scala Player accountplayerscala123#

Box Contents

Device Images

1Power button1Use to manually turn the Scala Media Player-R on and off.
2Power Status indicator LED1Use to identify the state of the player.
3USB 1 / Service1USB 3.0 SuperSpeed  (Type-C)/ Service port
4USB 21USB 2.0 Port
5Power Ext1Power extension cable port
6IR Ext1

Currently not in use.

IR Ext

Do not plug an Ethernet cable into the IR Ext port. It could cause irreparable damage to the device.

7IR 1Currently not in use.
8Reset button1Use to reset the device.

1Power DC 12V Port1Use to plug in the power supply and provide power to the device.
2Ethernet Port1Use to plug in an Ethernet cable.
3HDMI ports2Contains one HDMI In port and One HDMI Out port. At this time, only the HDMI Out port is supported from the player.
4COM DB 9 Port1
5USB 31USB 3.0 Super Speed (Type-A) port.
6Auxiliary combination microphone and headphone jack1Currently not in use. The SMP-R only supports HDMI audio.

There are two methods for setting up the Scala Media Player-R:

  • Using a mouse and keyboard.
  • Network set-up using a remote connection.

Required for Setup

In order to set up the Scala Media Player-R, you will need the following:

  • HDMI cable.
  • RJ-45 cable for wired networks.
  • 120V or 240V electrical outlet.
  • Wireless mouse and keyboard - the Linux Operating System and the Linux Player do not support touchscreen.

Optional Setup

Use this for remote setup:

  • Laptop running vncviewer-*.exe or vncviewer64-*.exe and connected using an Ethernet crossover cable.

  • PuTTY or another SSH client.

Connecting the Cables

  1. Connect the Scala Media Player-R unit to the display using the HDMI cable. 
  2. If using a wired network, plug a cable into the RJ-45 jack on the back of the unit.
    If using a wireless network, screw the included antenna into the antenna connector on the back of the unit.
  3. Plug the power cord into the power connector on the back of the unit. 
  4. Plug the power cord into a 120V or 240V electrical outlet.

Once the unit is plugged in, the Scala Media Player-S starts. If the unit does not automatically start, press the power button on the front of the device.


Before proceeding with player configuration, ensure that you have created a player profile in Content Manager. See Creating a Player Profile for more information.


To configure the player so that it is ready for playback, refer to Setting Up Linux Players.

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