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LinuxWorld: +One Station - Maxspeed offers an inexpensive way to multiply desktop systems

Jun 05, 2000, 21:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"The Maxspeed +One Station is an easy way to get a single Linux machine to serve as multiple machines. With this product, a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, you can instantly turn one machine into two or more. This is similar to the idea of using X terminals with Linux; however, an X terminal will run you at least $600 (without a monitor) for a decent model. The +One Station has a suggested retail of $199 and does not require X to run applications."

"Maxspeed is a hardware vendor specializing in networking devices; its offerings include Universal Terminal and Maxspeed WBT. To date, all of its products have been terminal based, using either a proprietary interface card or a standard network card. The +One Station is a new venture for Maxspeed, as the product is aimed at the consumer or small business market and is very inexpensive."

"The +One Station hardware itself is very small, measuring about one and a half by three inches, and is labeled for ease of peripheral connectivity. The box contains the +One Station, the proprietary interface card, a 25-inch Cat 5 cable, a quick start guide, a CD with Linux drivers, and a manual. The box itself is complete and is what you would expect from a standard retail product. The interface card has a Cirrus Logic 3D chip set on it and really just looks like a video card. It is PCI-based, so finding a slot in most newer computers should not be difficult."

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