Powering Up The PC Expanion
Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president of Eckel Media Corp., a communications company specializing in public relations and technical authoring projects.
Very detailed installation information, however some information as to the operation of it would have been helpful. Can it use USB mouse and keyboard, can the host supply sound (like from Media Player) to more than one device at a time? Also what's the street price for something like this?
How does the operating system environment work with one of these? Just say you had 3 of these on one host, are all three users individually logged into the ..lets say... XP accounts, or is three users using a single login? Are both possible?
Thanks for all the photos of boxes. Initially I thought 'This looks promising'. But what useful apps would you share? Word? Powerpoint? Outlook? Surely there's licencing issues here - even if clients could open a none shared app - or am I missing something, here?
the person sitting in front of the L200 would login with his/her own username. Anyone who logs in would have a their own profile, just as if they had logged to the host pc.
Yes, it can be connected to a wireless router (via CAT5) that's setup as a bridge to a router connected to a hub or switch. The host computer would have to be connected to this switch also (wired or wirelessly). We use the earlier model (L100), and they're OK, but have their issues; wish the review would have been a bit deeper. One issue is the mouse; if you put a fancy $100 mouse on your host and a $5 mouse on your L100, neither may work properly, as the host PC is using only one mouse driver.
You are correct that there are licensing issues. From the XP EULA: " 1.1 Installation and use. You may install, use, access, display and run one copy of the Software on a single computer, such as a workstation, terminal or other device ("Workstation Computer"). The Software may not be used by more than two (2) processors at any one time on any single Workstation Computer." The L200 (or 230 or nComputing's X series) would certainly fall under "terminal or other device"
Nope there are no licsening issues, I've checked, microsoft considers the device a KVM, as it doesn't do processing of anything in and of it self. So there is no licening issues at all. It is being installed on one processor/system and uses on serial ID. I have called Microsoft, and a few other software vendors, and this little bugger falls into a grey area, their licence, stripped of it's legaleeze, basically states, that it can only be displayed on one systems' processor (or 2 proceessor in XPs case) at one time, since this unit does not have a proceesor of it's own, it basically is a reverse-KVM, which by their lisence agreements is acceptable. I'm sure once this device cuts into MS$ profits, that license will change.