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Topic # 162186 1-Feb-2015 08:32
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This appears to be the right place to pose this question. When I was studying ICT, I got into thin clients at home as a part of my study. However that was 8/9 years ago now so a hazy distant memory now.

I had about 10 thin clients, all different, and just played around really. Some I would run connected to my main desktop, others standalone with XPe.

What I want to achieve is to simply use the thin client stand alone to browse the net, watch occasional videos and look at pics off CD via USB CD/DVD drive, and possibly print via USB laser printer.

From memory though, default XPe would not show devices plugged in to thin client via USB, is that right?

Would plugging in a USB wireless network adaptor work for internet access? Or is Ethernet the only way it will work "out the box"?

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  Reply # 1226117 1-Feb-2015 08:41
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If you can get one of them to boot from USB and you have enough RAM (512mb or 1gb or 2gb?) you could install Linux onto a flash drive and use that.  I did exactly this and while slow to boot it worked well.  NOte I was using this as a display controller for some digital signs so performance was not of significant interest to me.  You can get some thin clients with half decent processors (Atom, etc).




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  Reply # 1226119 1-Feb-2015 08:44
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When you can now buy perfectly capable Win 8.1 machines for under US$100 such as the Pipo X7 I'm not sure why you'd bother with a thin client setup.


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  Reply # 1236011 11-Feb-2015 20:25
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Thin clients dont do video.
In fact they are pretty useless at multimedia in general.

They are really designed for word, excel, myob accountants office classic edition, and looking at multi level cat condos on trademe.

Youtube and even fast moving web banner ads can slow them to a crawl.




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  Reply # 1250906 4-Mar-2015 11:43
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I have a HP T610 at home. Scored it on TradeMe for $50 and has 4 GB ram. It has a CPU similar to the AMD E-350 so is a bit slow but has no problem playing video/HD youtube. It has a SATA power + data port inside so have just managed to fit a SSD in there.

Unless you can get one really cheap probably better off with a NUC or something similar.

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  Reply # 1250940 4-Mar-2015 12:15
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sbiddle: When you can now buy perfectly capable Win 8.1 machines for under US$100 such as the Pipo X7 I'm not sure why you'd bother with a thin client setup.



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  Reply # 1250949 4-Mar-2015 12:29
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sbiddle: When you can now buy perfectly capable Win 8.1 machines for under US$100 such as the Pipo X7 I'm not sure why you'd bother with a thin client setup.




question : 


I quite like these thin machines which are coming out these days, but i want to know is , say after i buy them.


and i open a website i view a lot, ( lets called www.abcd.com ) which has lots of videos.


Will the PIPO ( or any such similar device ) open that page as a "mobile device" or as a standalone computer.


The reason i ask this question is I am having issues streaming a particular website on to my TV. When I use laptop to view ABCD, and stream via chromecast, it works fine, but then when I open ABCD website via a nexus tab or ipad it does not open ( because ABCD has blocked small devices ) 


So I want to know, if its going to be worth investing into or not.


Thanks !! 

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I have an Hp Thin client that runs XPe and I had it setup in the reverse of a thin client, I remoted into it instead of it remoting into a server, I also have usb drives connected to it and it picked them up fine, with a printer it is probably just going to need the driver.
I also have another hp thin client that has been slightly modified so it takes a normal SATA laptop drive, currently it is running Debian Linux.




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  Reply # 1251002 4-Mar-2015 13:28
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sbiddle: When you can now buy perfectly capable Win 8.1 machines for under US$100 such as the Pipo X7 I'm not sure why you'd bother with a thin client setup.




question : 


I quite like these thin machines which are coming out these days, but i want to know is , say after i buy them.


and i open a website i view a lot, ( lets called www.abcd.com ) which has lots of videos.


Will the PIPO ( or any such similar device ) open that page as a "mobile device" or as a standalone computer.


The reason i ask this question is I am having issues streaming a particular website on to my TV. When I use laptop to view ABCD, and stream via chromecast, it works fine, but then when I open ABCD website via a nexus tab or ipad it does not open ( because ABCD has blocked small devices ) 


So I want to know, if its going to be worth investing into or not.


Thanks !! 


its a PC not a mobile device.  Any browser site you can open on a PC will work.  Including Flash, Silverlight etc

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  Reply # 1251508 5-Mar-2015 08:55
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Probably won't be availbe in NZ for a little bit - but http://paperspace.io could tick a few of your boxes.

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  Reply # 1262004 18-Mar-2015 22:04
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I agree, Thin Clients for multimedia do blow. For a kiosk or to do basic word/excel stuff.

This sounds like home use for multimedia, so for RDP connections it will work as RDP does.
By that I mean 720/1080p + 5.1/7.1 sound for video content - not happening as you might expect. Look at some articles about RDP and compression, you'll get what I mean.

If video is your main purpose you might as well get a small factor PC which you can buy quite cheap these days like has been said above.
I've tried Thin Client and RDP some years back just like you (even on a Home Lab ESXi server), it doesn't really work well for quality overall.

Your probably best bet, if not watching this on a tablet while leaving your LAN at home, is something like multicast streaming over the LAN (VLC/other software can help with this).

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