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    Thin Client Hardware

    I've been looking at thin client hardware today. For what they are, they just seem obscenely expensive. I've been quoted about £220 for an HP Compaq model (The t5170) and for an extra £60 you could get an entirely new PC. I've also seen a Wyse model for about £100 which seems more reasonable and Neoware ones for about £130. On the opposite end of the scale I was looking at Sun ones for kicks and the one with the integrated 17" TFT was something like £1200!

    What do people here use? Recycling existing PCs for this project isn't an option as all the ones which are in line for recycling are all massive and really grotty looking. This room is supposed to be a "flagship" room so it looks to look slinky and the stations can't take up a lot of room as space is very limited. Even shuttles would be too big.

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Ric was sporting some nice HP ones at the conference. I think he said they were about £125 each for the linux based ones and more for the Windows CE based ones.

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Via EPIA boards http://www.icp-epia.co.uk/site/products.php?sid=1#sub5
    MOREX 3688B cases
    +RAM
    network boot thinstation.
    £130-140 ish
    highly recommended.

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    ps. ones we get are 1GHz with 256MB ram - so they can be used as semi-thin linux clients. compare 233Mhz for £200 wyse terminals that can do nothing but thin client and are PITA to upgrade

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Norphy the quote they have given you is expensive you can buy the ulitimate space saver for that price look here

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    @Norphy: The model they quoted you on is the top spec with and is basically a low-spec desktop box (btw the model number should be t5710). You want to be looking at the t5125 and the t5520.

    If you were at the conference you will have seen the guys from Oliis - they can do you a good deal on either of these. The t5125 is the Linux based one and is more than adequate for most things. If you are Linux minded you can even install your own mini apps

    The HP ones are not the cheapest but they are very good quality and they look nice (especially next to a AG-Neovo E-17B)

    If you are starting out and not really sure if it is for you, convert an old Celeron 400 or something using Thinstation. Also speak to 1st Technologies - Student gets offered second-hand terminals all the time and you can probably save a good £30 a unit!

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by petectid
    Norphy the quote they have given you is expensive you can buy the ulitimate space saver for that price look here
    I like the look - any idea how much they cost?

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    lol - they're incredible Norphy!

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Wow they are interesting! The mind boggles at the possibilities.

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    They are possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen! Now if they were shiny (ChrisH understands...)

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    Shiny with flashing lights surely?

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    We've just bought Compaq T5520s for £169 (ex vat) direct from HP. These come with keyboard and mouse. Nice boxes and they work splendid on our LTSP network. I think they might have M$CE on them too, but we have no need of it.

    We have also been recommended these http://www.cheeplinux.com/product_in...s_id=228&osCsi

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy
    http://www.thinstore.net/cat_jack.cfm

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    Thats a bit steep even though they are lovely

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    Re: Thin Client Hardware

    Plus theres the cost of a POE switch to take into account

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