1.    06 Mar 2017 #1

    Thin clients anybody ?

    Hi there

    Seems if you have a decent Server then the idea of Thin clients shouldn't be too horrible - especially for home networks -- presumably that way you can manage the network decently, use cheap hardware and people will still get a decent windows experience - with decent enough usb ports on thin clients they can get sound too so streaming multi-media from the server should be fine.

    Saves buying a slew of expensive laptops - especially if the home users won't be travelling with laptops - these days kids etc just take phones.

    Seems some quite good deals on reasonable enough thin clients such as dell ones.

    Wyse Thin Clients | Dell United States

    I know this is more geared to businesses but could be good for Home use too -- especially with Hungry Teenagers and impoverished students !!!!!! who then wouldn't need to buy expensive laptops. Running the server / providing the VDI is easy enough - got enough server space at home (3 boxes 1 currently just used for backups).

    Any views on this -- in the past Thin clients were a bit of a No-No but these days seems a good idea to revisit this.

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  2.    06 Mar 2017 #2
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    You don't need special clients any old PC will do while you can get at junk sales only problem what server have you got as most only allow 2 rdp clients unless you buy terminal server
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  3.    06 Mar 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Any views on this -- in the past Thin clients were a bit of a No-No but these days seems a good idea to revisit this.
    Nope. It is a crap idea. The cheapest WISE laptop on your link was the Latitude 14 3000 (3460) at $764.

    What possible benefit do you see for a student using this instead of almost anything else that cost less than half the price?

    If you honestly think this is a good deal for students then I'm surprised but if you do please explain why.
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  4.    06 Mar 2017 #4

    Hi there
    I don't TROLL -- however I think I got the Link wrong as I've somehow set it to US enterprise stuff which is about as far removed from an impoverished student as you can get !!!!.

    I meant something much more like this (on UK site)

    Wyse E00 Zero Client | 920356-01L | Instant-axess.co.uk Best buys for WYSE

    About 55 USD / EUR or 47 GBP

    That's much more what I was trying to show.

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  5.    06 Mar 2017 #5
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    Hey Jimbo, have you seen my question from this thread Thin Client and ordinary PC ?
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  6.    06 Mar 2017 #6
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    That is a link for a zero client. It doesn't have a screen or a keyboard. It isn't a thin client.
    Last edited by lx07; 06 Mar 2017 at 09:08.
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  7.    06 Mar 2017 #7

    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    I know but even so...That is a link for a zero client. It doesn't have a screen or a keyboard. It isn't a thin client.
    Hi there

    I've a load of spare screens and keyboards so perhaps my post was a bit confusing -- however it's the concept I'm trying to arrange.

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  8.    06 Mar 2017 #8
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    I use a crappy old laptop on my way to work. It doesn't have DX11 so I use RDP to do my crafting and so on.

    Not playing the game just doing the boring stuff required.

    It does work but I could probably use an ipad or a chromebook for the same thing.

    Back to the question: no, I don't think so. Thin Client have a specific use. A home user would be better off with a cheap laptop from ebay.
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  9.    06 Mar 2017 #9
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    A thin client requires direct access to the server on the network or VPN into the server. Which means you would be required to have an internet connection at all times that is not on a Public WiFi network. The user could not work offline. This is unpractical for a home user.
    Unless you already have a server, with VPN Client setup with Server side software etc, a cheap laptop would be a better alternative.
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