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Set up a dumb terminal wirelessly

Dumb terminals. I'd like to run each monitor station in my home wirelessly from a single desktop computer.

What is the best way to accomplish this?

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David Johnson, CD

8/22/2022 - Mon
David Johnson, CD

Interesting question.. but the devil will be in the details a dumb terminal is simply an i/o device  so one could use a kvm device (keyboard/video/mouse) being sent to a capture card which is then made available on the internet.

Dumb terminals are dumb.  They just connect to the server.  You generally don't monitor the terminals yourself, you monitor the sessions on the server and connect to those.  The dumb terminals basically just connect to the sessions too.

If you need to see what the terminal itself is doing and find out whether it's actually connecting, you probably need an external camera to view the screen.
Ted Penner

Okay, I was using the word monitor differently than you are.

I have three blank screens in my house in different rooms, that are essentially guest screens intended for a guest to plug in his or her laptop.

What I would like for them to be able to do is run into the server and use it as a guest computer without having to bring a laptop.
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David Johnson, CD

you are going to need a keyboard/mouse and a small computer connected to the monitor i.e. an arduino
you connect the Arduino to the network and then remote desktop into the server.
Ted Penner

I did a search on Amazon for Arduino and came up with some options. Most look like just a controller board with no power supply or housing.

I'm looking to do this as inexpensively as possible and as wirelessly as possible for the keyboard and mouse as well as the network
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Just get a stick pc and plug them into the TV/monitor https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-stick-pcs/
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David Johnson, CD

@Serialband: he wants a cheap solution.. most compute sticks are well north of $200USD

Only the 8GB RAM sticks are over $200, and those are cheap for a computer with Windows 10 pre-installed on it.  Your $40 system + Windows Server and CALs are going to cost at least that much as well.

You want cheaper?  Go for the systems with 4GB RAM.
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