Will BlueNote Lights run on a tablet?

Important: The instructions below are for adding BlueNote Communicator Lights to a tablet that runs Windows 10 or 11 operating systems. For non-Windows devices such as iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks, you will need to set up and use the BlueNote Remote options instead.

Touch-screen simplicity is a key design of BlueNote Lights, so many offices prefer to move the application away from their PC monitors in clinical areas, and onto tablet hardware, such as the Windows Surface Go tablets from Microsoft, seen in the video clip below:

If a Windows tablet is purchased in S (safe) Mode, it simply means that users are initially only allowed to install applications from the Windows Store. This mode can be switched off easily by following the instructions here:  How to switch a Windows tablet out of S Mode

The BlueNote Lights software on the tablet does not use the internet, so it will need to be connected to a local secure network that can communicate with other computers and tablets already using BlueNote in the office. As long as the tablet is not in S mode, the installation process to add the BlueNote Lights app will be identical to adding it to a desktop or laptop PC.

Once the BlueNote Lights application is running and the client connects to the other users in the office, all settings and data will migrate over to the tablet automatically. If this doesn't occur, the network settings may be changed within BlueNote to assure that there is no wireless network interference, either by selecting the correct network adapter, or by turning on a Lights Gateway Host on another client with an ethernet (hard-wired) connection. See the Related Articles below for connection help.

Helpful tips

1. If possible, keep the tablet plugged in at all times, so that battery life is not an issue.

2. Tablets are optimized to preserve battery life and the screen will likely be set to Sleep after a set amount of time. Open the Windows Power & Battery Settings and be sure to set the Sleep option as "Never" when plugged in, as well as preventing the screen from sleeping too quickly even when on battery power.

3. Thin plastic film designed for food handling can be wrapped around each tablet, which allows for asepsis, without having to keep the screens wiped down. Plastic wrap does not interfere with touch-screen sensitivity, so it is an excellent option when maintaining a clean environment.

4. If tablets are not near power sources, they can be set not to go to sleep in the Power settings, attached to walls temporarily using Velcro strips, and then gathered up for recharging at the end of each day.

5. Right-click menus are accessed on a touchscreen device with a Press and Hold.

6. The BlueNote application optimizes itself for full-screen use, so popups will be disabled if the window is Maximized. Not to worry though! The Focused button in the upper left-hand corner displays the exact same information in the correct time-stamped order, an is an excellent replacement for popups.

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