Office Expansion using Thin Clients

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Education & Training with Real Estate Technology

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I'll be testing a thin client device from Ncomputing. And more than likely will be purchasing a couple for myself. I'm looking forward to trying it out as I think it could really cut down on computer/network management for real estate offices and teams. This means less computer management time, lower operating costs, and more time doing what needs to be done (and a life).

If you've worked with GoToMyPC, VNC, WebEx, LogMeIn, or some other remote computer access software, you're already familiar with the technology. The difference with Ncomputing's solution is that it's a hardware solution. By connecting one of Ncomputing's devices to your network, you can have an instant computer. Just add a mouse and keyboard.

There are a lot of questions that are up for debate on this one. But the big question is:

Thick or Thin? Translation: Why not buy a cheap computer?

I won't answer this for you, but rather I'd love to get your thoughts on it.

Comments (5)

Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
Toby Barnett
hey Jason, what a great topic. I have been trying to come up with a office tech solution that would allow for easy install of a computers and such. A server is high on my proirity list and this Ncomputing devices seem to be a great solution for an office. Thanks for sharing this with us! Take care my friend!
Aug 02, 2006 06:46 AM
Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
GRI, CRS, CIPS
Jason, we really need you to arrange the room for the CS group this is an interesting product and you always have such great insight.  Will bring this to the attention of the tech setting up our new offices in Celebration.  Thanks so much for your ideas here and on our CS site.
Aug 02, 2006 09:07 AM
Jason Ungos
Real Estate Technology - Lewiston, ID

Again, I haven't used it yet, but "it's in the mail" (Actually FedEx). It looks very promising and I will write a follow-up once I get some hands-on time. If you're seriously looking at using it for your office, be sure to know that you'll need a monitor for all devices except the ELM-1700ND. The ELM is the one that I'll be reviewing. 

Teri, Thanks for your vote of confidence. I just sent a post to the CS listserv with my thoughts. Would love to know what you and your tech thinks about this and whether they think it's a workable solution for your office. BTW, The last time my wife and I were in Celebration we saw Mighty Joe Young. Yeah, quite awhile ago, but a neat place. I'll probably be going down there again in October.

Aug 02, 2006 11:50 AM
Kelli & Michael Sheppe & Fournier
Helen Adams Realty - Charlotte, NC
Great idea Jason.  Could this work outside of a single physical space?  Could I set up my buyer agents with this at their house and hook them up to a server in my office via a VPN?
Aug 02, 2006 12:52 PM
Jason Ungos
Real Estate Technology - Lewiston, ID

It just came in and it's slick! I'll post a follow up later. As for VPN, yes, at least according to this thread. They also mention that there's 128-bit secured direct access as well.

 

Aug 04, 2006 11:32 AM

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