WARNING: I am no expert on the installation of thin clients. The steps given below are simply what I did to have a 7 seater internet cafe up and running. After buying 2 M300 gadgets from a shop in Kampala, I failed to get someone to set them up for me.
With no options left, trial and error was my next step. So I got everything needed ready and started my experiments and voila! I will break the instructions into 5 sections.
What you need
- A full computer set (Even a laptop can work)
- A router
- 2 ncomputing M300 units (Each unit has 3 gadgets)
- 6 more monitors
- 6 more keyboards
- 6 more mice
- 6 VGA cables
- 6 power cables for the 6 monitors
- 6 VGA cables to connect each device to a monitor.
- A power source for the monitors, server and the nComputing equipment and router
- 7 separate LAN cables. 4 of these should be approximately 1 meter each while 2 should be long enough to run from the router to the ncomputing gadget and the last one long enough to connect the server to the router. 3 of the cables I used are 5 meters long.
- I installed Windows 7 on the server. I assigned LAB as the computer name. Avoid generic names as these may bring issues when you try to choose which server to connect to.
- In installed all the software I needed i.e. Drivers, Ms. Office, Firefox, Adobe Reader, Nero e.t.c.
- I created 6 other user accounts (With limited privileges) i.e. Lab 1, Lab 2 and so on up to Lab 6. I gave each of the 6 accounts the same password.
Configuring remote desktop
I then configured remote desktop with the following steps.
- Right click My Computer,
- Choose properties,
- Choose the remote tab,
- Choose Allow connections from computers running any version of remote desktop
- Click Select users
- Click Add, Type the user name e.g. Lab 1 and click OK. Repeat the process for all users i.e. up to Lab 6
- I set my router with IP address 192.168.1.1
- I then enabled DHCP and set the start IP address to 192.168.1.100
- I installed the vspace server software that came with my equipment. In the box, you’ll find 1 big unit and 2 equally sized smaller units.
- I connected VGA cables from each of the units to their respective monitors.
- I connected the smaller units to the bigger one with LAN cables and then powered up the ncomputing gadget. I did the same for the contents of the second box.
- I connected a LAN cable from the main gadget to the router.
- I connected the router to the server with a LAN cable too.
- I switched on the server and the router and waited for the settings
When all are well connected, you will be able to see your server name in available connections.
- I enabled DHCP
- I clicked on the server name and added it to Group 1. Here, I decided to click save.
- At the login settings I added the users for Station 1, Station2, and Station 3. I filled in only the User and Password field.
- I also enabled Automatic logon. This comes in handy in a way that whenever you switch on the server, all client PCs will automatically logon.
- For video settings, I chose 1024 x 768 and 24 bit. For sleep if idle, I chose Never.
Remember, according to the ncomputing website, you can have as many as 45 users in such a setting provided the server has the specs to support such the number.
For official help on this, please visit the ncomputing website at www.ncomputing.com
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