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HP Shows Off Power Over Ethernet Thin Client 202

Posted by timothy
from the do-not-taunt-happy-thin-client dept.
angry tapir writes "HP has unveiled an all-in-one thin client capable of being powered by an Ethernet cable. The t410 AiO supports the Type 1 Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard, which means it is capable of drawing its power from a network connection, although it can be powered by standard AC power. It uses an ARM-based processor and has an integrated 18.5-inch monitor, and it is capable of being used for virtual desktops through Windows RDP, VMware View and Citrix ICA."
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HP Shows Off Power Over Ethernet Thin Client

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  • Late to the game (Score:2, Informative)

    by Kohenkatz (1166461) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @10:50AM (#39954327) Homepage Journal
    HP (and the OP) seem to think that they have something revolutionary here. Actually, this has been around for over five years already: http://www.chippc.com/thin-clients/jack-pc/ [chippc.com]
  • Re:Late to the game (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2012 @10:56AM (#39954415)

    ... except the JackPC doesn't power the monitor. HP's new thin client does.

    What this means is that a thin client can be connected and powered using a single cable. Why bother with a thin client that is PoE if you still had to power a monitor?

    I say "Bravo" to HP for the achievement.

  • Re:The Takeaway (Score:5, Informative)

    by LoudMusic (199347) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @10:57AM (#39954429)

    If it's a thin client doing RDP or such the speed to the thin client is negligible. I use RDP clients over 2mbit internet connections nearly everyday and it works fine - even with the increased latency. Keep in mind all the file access and disk I/O is taking place on the RDP server, not the thin client. The only data going to and from the thin client is information about how to render the video output. You could even use Photoshop effectively through this.

  • Re:How long... (Score:5, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Thursday May 10, 2012 @11:08AM (#39954571) Journal
    On HP's x86 thin client line, 'hacking' has historically been pretty trivial. They totally don't support doing this; but it's just a normal PC bios with a disk-on-chip as the default boot medium; but it won't blink if you ask it to PXE boot or boot from a USB device.

    Also of note, their non-WinCE clients have, historically, run a badly butchered version of debian(and, unless they've finally decided to fix the problem, several years later, one that has amazingly trivial exploits to get to a root shell even in 'kiosk' mode, much less in admin mode). I don't know if they've played bootloader games with their ARM models or not; but unless they've tightened the hell out of their linux firmware I strongly suspect that at least the non-kiosk mode will still have a way to sneak into the guts of the stock image. Also, since they tend to support running a browser locally(either WinCE's delightful IE build, or a slightly elderly version of Firefox, I'm assuming that X11 is already set to go, for local use, in the stock firmware.

    I'd give it "about as long as it takes for one to get on ebay". HP's prices for thin clients are...optimistic... given their hardware specs; but you can find them at pleasingly low prices once they get shuffled off to support-contract-expired corporate retirement land. They make decent little mini-PCs for the price.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 10, 2012 @11:14AM (#39954649)

    It supports VMware View (PCoIP) and Citrix ICA.
    Both of these natively support Flash/Video just fine (I'm playing a 720P Youtube Video in my VMware View session right now...)

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