ACES Digital Signage: Connecting to Sign Management Software

How to connect to ACES digital signage management tools (FourWinds)

Connecting to Sign Management Software 

Signs are managed using the Four Winds Interactive software that is hosted on a Technology Services terminal server.

Note: You must first be given access in order to connect to and use this software. To request access, email

How to Connect

1. Use a RDP client such as Windows Remote Desktop to open a connection to the server.

For Windows, go to the Start menu and type in "Remote Desktop Connection". The program should appear at the top. Please do not confuse this program with "Remote Desktop".

For Mac OSX, go to the app store to download and use "Microsoft Remote Desktop". 


2. Create a connection to the signage server and connect.
The address of the server is

Remote Desktop Connection

The server uses standard campus Active Directory credentials in the format UOFI\NetID. After hitting "Connect" you'll need to enter these credentials. There may also be a warning window that appears, if so hit "yes".

You should now be connected to the remote signage server.

Launch FWi Content Manager by double-clicking the icon on the desktop.  It's labeled “Content Manager Desktop”

 Content Manager

Note: Your first time opening Content Manager may take ~30 seconds. 


Extra Info:

Digital Signage Drive

The remote signage server has the shared signage drive mapped to it under drive letter "S:\". This is where digital signage content files are stored. 

More information about the signage drive and direction on how to map it to your workstation.

Creating Content

Full directions on how to create content

Keywordsdigital signage, signage, sign, signs, connect, FourWinds, FWi, connect, tools   Doc ID65142
OwnerJoshua H.GroupAnswers @ ACES
Created2016-07-15 10:05:18Updated2022-06-20 14:05:11
SitesUniversity of Illinois - College of ACES
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