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I am trying to find a thin client that will work well with Skype video chat. So far i have tested it on a 10zig 5817v and a Wyse 5290-D90D7. It works better on the 10zig device however its not as perfect as when you use a windows PC.
Does anyone know why that is? Does skype video require higher grade processor to run perfectly?
Can you recommend any Thin clients that would run Skype at same performance as a windows PC (dell optiplex 7010)
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It depends on what Hypervisor you are using. Windows, Citrix or VMware??  Or something different?
The problem is that a normal TC doesn't have a build in GPU and thus needs to render the information with it's CPU. This takes high amounts of data to render and thus giving performance issues.

We tested a multitude of TC's but the bigger the hardware is the better the performance. Problem is that there is a point in where it is more cost efficient to actually buy a "normal" machine instead of a TC.

The best we got to getting this to work is buy a Intel NUC (which is customizable) and  install a software version TC. We tried Wyse and IGEL software which are both linux based and both worked quite well..

In my honest opinion I haven't seen Skype work on a Terminal Server the way i though would be okay for a user to use. Citrix claimes that this should be doable (as does Vmware) but then you can only have a few users an a Terminal Server due to heavy CPU load.
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Thanks rhandels,
We are using vmware view however skype is being installed locally on the thin clients because its much worse when running through the VDI.
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Yes it is :)

I must say that the PCoIP protocol has been improved in View Horizon 6 and when using the Wyse P25 (which has a hardware Teradici chip) it does work a bit better but it is still not the same as being installed locally. I do believe that there are more TC vendors that use Teradici but we have Wyse clients here.

And as said, the problem with most TC's is that they don't have a GPU and thus the CPU is used for rendering. It consumes to much CPU to get this working properly..
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We purchased one of these http://www8.hp.com/ca/en/products/thin-clients/product-detail.html?oid=6255651 
Skype video works perfectly however it is more expensive.
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