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byteside
I have a strange question. Is it possible to have one computer and six monitors, keybords & mice all running from the one computer? I want to eliminate the row of computers but keep the ability to access Internet and do other things on the computer but each monitor, keyboard and mouse would be its own station. Each station will be able to do its own thing but all controlled by one computer. Hope this is making sence. Any Ideas would be great. Thanks.
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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    You want to attempt to remove 6 computers and roll them into 1 right with 6 workstations available on it?

    The answer is No it can not be done as you are unable to have 2 different people using the system at the same time but you could rip out 5 of the computers and replace them with Thin Clients working off one computer and that would give you the same effect. Though if the computers are slow now it will make the single computer that much slower when every workstation is being used and you'll need something to be running as a DCHP Server but that's not the hard part.

    Col

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    jamesatmaisonverre

    be able to in 2020 but at the moment you dont have enough pci slots for cards or the fact that all machines come withonly 1 agp slot for one agp card.

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    3xp3rt

    There are some devices which can share one VGA, one Mouse and one keyboard port to more devices, but!!!! You can?t work separately. Go to http://www.networktechinc.com/kmsplthd.html for future information.

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    byteside

    Thanks for all the responses. I was thinking that it would not be possible. From any research that I have done it sounds like the configuration I am looking at would be a considered a dumb terminal. I dont think that is windows based.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    But today they are called Thin Clients and can be run from a Windows Platform as a DCHP unit see the following URL for some idea as to what is available.

    http://tinyurl.com/853z7

    This is just one companies products there are many others and a Goggle Search of Thin Clients will show you what is available. I've built complete systems around these on both the Linux & Windows Platforms without a problem.

    Col

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    tryten

    Thin clients would be the way to go. We are going to test some thin clients for our training dept. We currently want 10 thin clients per training room, with one main terminal in each room. We have purchased 2 terminal boxes and are setting up the main controller.

    Cost is not an issue either. The thin client terminals we purchased were $200 compared to the $800 desktops that would normally be used.

    An added bonus, we have some theft issues at the plant. A whole system Optiplex GX620 with P4, 1 GB RAM, DVD-ROM, and 80GB drive went missing...monitor and all. So did the RAM and Harddrive from the system next to it. The terminals will help deter most people from wanting to steal it. (not all but most)(Not to mention the new IR detection cameras)

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    steve

    Which thin Clients did you get for $200 a piece,

    thanks

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    vande

    Yeah cant you have a bunch of this clients all connecting to a server? just need a keyboard and mouse and monitor

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    JamesRL

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2434994&CatId=204

    This is a device that acts like a CPU less/diskless terminal that attachs to a PC or server where the apps are stored. I've seen other devices like this that have an embedded OS (some windows some linux) and a browser on it.

    James

    James

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    byteside

    Hey I like the
    NComputing L200 RJ45 Multi-User Network Computing Terminal. Have you ever used this product and if so how well does it work. How difficult is it to set up.

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    JamesRL

    Have used thin clients, both WBTs with embedded Windows/IE/RDP client, and Linux based ones with a browser and RDP client. We use Terminal services for a server.

    James

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    byteside

    but my users need windows. I wouldn't mind making a multi seat linux box for myself but my users would panic if they had to use something other than windows.

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    steve

    I just set this up for testing and used th encomputing system www.ncomputing.com .
    The PCI based card can be installed in one machine and adds 3 users to the system (up too2 cards 7 users (3+3+main computer per system) running XP pro in my instance. 30' limit and watch for electrical interference. the machines connect using regular cat 5 cables and each user logs. there are benefits to this
    1- One Machine to upgrade maintain
    2- most users are actually low demand an dprocessor does this fine
    3- One IP address
    the price is around $200 for the Pci system (adding 3 users to one computer of course you need monitors and keyboards and optionally speakers. this does not support USb though the N200 does support usb though.

    I like it so far and am investigating using the product mentioned above for remote users, where a network connect allows for non local connectivity it is simple thin client and the price is reasonable for true security (we also use a VPN system for remotes) but testing will take time.

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    jgreyorl

    It's not possible to do what you wish to accomplish. The best case scenario is to have multiple monitors like a setup from http://www.multiplexpc.com but you will only be able to have one keyboard, mouse. However, you can get a a/b switch and have multiple keyboards and mice connected to the single computer station but you won't be able to use them at the same time.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    You want to attempt to remove 6 computers and roll them into 1 right with 6 workstations available on it?

    The answer is No it can not be done as you are unable to have 2 different people using the system at the same time but you could rip out 5 of the computers and replace them with Thin Clients working off one computer and that would give you the same effect. Though if the computers are slow now it will make the single computer that much slower when every workstation is being used and you'll need something to be running as a DCHP Server but that's not the hard part.

    Col

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    jamesatmaisonverre

    be able to in 2020 but at the moment you dont have enough pci slots for cards or the fact that all machines come withonly 1 agp slot for one agp card.

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    3xp3rt

    There are some devices which can share one VGA, one Mouse and one keyboard port to more devices, but!!!! You can?t work separately. Go to http://www.networktechinc.com/kmsplthd.html for future information.

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    byteside

    Thanks for all the responses. I was thinking that it would not be possible. From any research that I have done it sounds like the configuration I am looking at would be a considered a dumb terminal. I dont think that is windows based.

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    HAL 9000 Moderator

    But today they are called Thin Clients and can be run from a Windows Platform as a DCHP unit see the following URL for some idea as to what is available.

    http://tinyurl.com/853z7

    This is just one companies products there are many others and a Goggle Search of Thin Clients will show you what is available. I've built complete systems around these on both the Linux & Windows Platforms without a problem.

    Col

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    tryten

    Thin clients would be the way to go. We are going to test some thin clients for our training dept. We currently want 10 thin clients per training room, with one main terminal in each room. We have purchased 2 terminal boxes and are setting up the main controller.

    Cost is not an issue either. The thin client terminals we purchased were $200 compared to the $800 desktops that would normally be used.

    An added bonus, we have some theft issues at the plant. A whole system Optiplex GX620 with P4, 1 GB RAM, DVD-ROM, and 80GB drive went missing...monitor and all. So did the RAM and Harddrive from the system next to it. The terminals will help deter most people from wanting to steal it. (not all but most)(Not to mention the new IR detection cameras)

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    steve

    Which thin Clients did you get for $200 a piece,

    thanks

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    vande

    Yeah cant you have a bunch of this clients all connecting to a server? just need a keyboard and mouse and monitor

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    0 Votes
    JamesRL

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2434994&CatId=204

    This is a device that acts like a CPU less/diskless terminal that attachs to a PC or server where the apps are stored. I've seen other devices like this that have an embedded OS (some windows some linux) and a browser on it.

    James

    James

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    byteside

    Hey I like the
    NComputing L200 RJ45 Multi-User Network Computing Terminal. Have you ever used this product and if so how well does it work. How difficult is it to set up.

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    0 Votes
    JamesRL

    Have used thin clients, both WBTs with embedded Windows/IE/RDP client, and Linux based ones with a browser and RDP client. We use Terminal services for a server.

    James

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    byteside

    but my users need windows. I wouldn't mind making a multi seat linux box for myself but my users would panic if they had to use something other than windows.

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    steve

    I just set this up for testing and used th encomputing system www.ncomputing.com .
    The PCI based card can be installed in one machine and adds 3 users to the system (up too2 cards 7 users (3+3+main computer per system) running XP pro in my instance. 30' limit and watch for electrical interference. the machines connect using regular cat 5 cables and each user logs. there are benefits to this
    1- One Machine to upgrade maintain
    2- most users are actually low demand an dprocessor does this fine
    3- One IP address
    the price is around $200 for the Pci system (adding 3 users to one computer of course you need monitors and keyboards and optionally speakers. this does not support USb though the N200 does support usb though.

    I like it so far and am investigating using the product mentioned above for remote users, where a network connect allows for non local connectivity it is simple thin client and the price is reasonable for true security (we also use a VPN system for remotes) but testing will take time.

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    jgreyorl

    It's not possible to do what you wish to accomplish. The best case scenario is to have multiple monitors like a setup from http://www.multiplexpc.com but you will only be able to have one keyboard, mouse. However, you can get a a/b switch and have multiple keyboards and mice connected to the single computer station but you won't be able to use them at the same time.