GreenPC Thin Clients at NAU
Services is proud to announce the availability of a new type of desktop
computing for NAU faculty and staff: The GreenPC Thin Client. Spurred by the
President’s initiative on Environmental Sustainability, we have
engineered a desktop computing solution that has these benefits:
- Lower cost than a traditional PC—approximately $300 without a
- Takes very little space on your desktop—about the size of a
- Uses under 7 watts of electrical power, more than 10 times less
than a typical desktop computer
- Totally silent in operation, no fans, no spinning hard drives
- Super-fast startup and shutdown—ready to work in less than 15
- No moving parts mean a longer expected working life—5-Year
Warranty, 7-year expected working life
- Runs Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office for a productive and
compatible computing experience
- Your documents are stored securely on ITS servers and are
Watch this video to
learn more about GreenPC Thin Clients.Try Before You Buy
How To Request
If your department is interested in using GreenPC thin clients, ITS has several available as loaner systems that you can use in your department to ensure that the thin client is a good fit for your departmental needs. Call the Solution Center at 928-523-1511 to arrange a loaner for your department. ITS Thin clients can be purchased via Central PC purchasing in the Self-Service portal of ServiceNow: https://nau.service-now.com.
We recommend the GreenPC thin client only for information workers that don’t need access to specialty software or multi-media intensive applications.
The GreenPC Thin Client will work best if you keep the following in mind:
- It requires wired access to the NAU network
- Green PC thin clients support no more than two side-by-side displays
- We support workflows that require access to standard, widely supported applications. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Outlook, Lync and web-browser-based applications are included at no charge.
- Optional software such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Project and others can be requested on a per-user basis by using the online form available at https://sharepoint.nau.edu/forms/gpcs
- The software available on the Thin Client is fixed; you cannot add or remove applications yourself (other than requesting them as above).
- If you access an application through a Web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) without running an installer, it should work fine on a Thin Client. If you need to run an installer before you first use the application, it will not.
- You can access MyNAU, Louie, Peoplesoft, Business Objects Reporting, Blackboard Learn, OnBase and many, many more.
- The Thin client has no floppy or optical (CD – DVD) drive. Your documents can be easily copied to a USB flash drive, shared through Blackboard Content Collection or emailed as attachments if you need to transport them between computers.
- You will be happier with a thin client if you have modest needs for video. The Thin Client can play most Internet video but will not perform well with high resolution video or in full-screen.
- No multimedia accessory support. – Thin clients do not support Enterprise Voice, web-cams, USB microphones or other accessories that require multimedia input or custom driver installation. A Thin Client can participate in web conferences but would not be a good choice as a host for one.
- If printing is required, your department must have a nearby networked printer. Thin clients do not support locally attached printers.
Please call the Solution Center at 928-523-1511 to request an evaluation unit. Once you are certain that a GreenPC thin client will work well for your department's workflow, you can purchase them via Central PC purchasing in the Self-Service portal of ServiceNow: https://nau.service-now.com
Cost and Pricing
Requires a location with a high-speed wired connection to the NAU network.
A complete GreenPC Thin Client system including keyboard, mouse, 19-inch widescreen monitor, 5-year warranty, and 3-year software maintenence costs under $475 before tax.
If you already have a monitor (VGA or DVI), or wish to buy a different size, a GreenPC Thin Client without a monitor, including keyboard and mouse, 5-year warranty, and 3-year software maintenance costs under $300 before tax.
We expect an under $40 per unit one-time charge in year three of ownership to extend the software maintenance to the end of its warranty period. No other ongoing service charges apply.
Here are some downloadable resources for the GreenPC Thin Client:
- A one page Flyer describing the GreenPC Thin Clients and their advantages over desktop computers
- A Department Compatibility Checklist to determine if a GreenPC Thin Client might be right for your department
- A Thin Client Savings Spreadsheet that graphically illustrates some of the cost and energy savings of choosing thin clients
- A Thin Client Support Document for ITS Staff, Campus IT Pros and others that need to support GreenPC Thin Clients
ITS Green PC Thin Clients have the ability to use two montiors positioned side-by-side to provide the user with a larger Windows desktop stretched across both monitors.
The Wyse C10Le client requires a special adapter cable to enable two monitors.
The Wyse T10D features Dual DVI video ports which does not require any special adapter. Buying the Special Adapter Cable for the Wyse C10Le
The Wyse C10Le Thin Client supports dual monitors in the ITS GreenPC environment. A cable adapter allowing you to connect two displays is available with new systems as a customizable option on the Dell Premier site. It is Wyse Part number 920302-02L, which existing GreenPC thin client users can purchase as an add-on from computer cable/adapter retailers (Google: Wyse 920302-02L). The adapter cable splits the built in DVI-I display connector into one DVI-D and one VGA style connector.Thin Client Dual Monitor/Display Configuration
Selecting the Displays
keyboard, mouse and power cord to your thin client. Make sure the thin client
is off. Attach both monitors to the thin
For the C10Le: Attach the white connector of the
Dual Monitor adapter with the two cables coming out of it to the video port on
the rear of the thin client. Attach the
white DVI cable from the left-hand monitor to the white DVI connector on the
adapter. Attach the blue VGA cable from
the right hand monitor to the matching blue VGA plug on the adapter. Power up both monitors and make sure their
inputs are set correctly, DVI on the left, and VGA (also called D-Sub) on the
For the T10D: The T10D natively supports dual
monitor hookups. In dual monitor mode, the right hand plug (looking at the
front of the device) is the primary monitor and the left hand DVI plug is the
secondary. The left hand DVI socket can
be fitted with a DVI to VGA adapter (included with the thin client) to drive an
older style VGA monitor.
network cable from the rear of the thin client chassis by pressing down gently
on the clip at the top center and pulling it free from the device. With the network cable disconnected,
press the power button and wait for the thin client to start up. You should see the thin client desktop on the
leftmost display. (The right hand
display may or may not have an image at this point) The thin client will eventually display an
error about the lack of a network connection.
This is normal.
“Desktop” button on the lower left corner of display 1. Choose “System Setup” and then choose
“Display” from the pick-list that appears.
The display setup window will open.
At the top of the display configuration window, click the tab labeled
“Dual Head.” On the screen that appears
click the radio button next to “Span.”
displays turned on and set to the correct input, click the “Test” button at the
bottom of the display setup window.
Each monitor should briefly display a bull’s eye pattern with a label in
the center of the screen showing the display number, a colon and the resolution
automatically detected for that display, something like: “2: 1280 x 1024”. When the display configuration screen
reappears, click the “OK” button to save the new settings and restart your
GreenPC thin client.
restarts you can power it down and reattach the network cable to the rear of
unit. The configuration for dual monitors
is now complete. When you start up your
thin client in the future, it will come up in dual monitor mode, and when you
log into GreenPC you will get a merged Windows desktop across both displays. Items dragged off the right side of the main
monitor will appear on the secondary display.
settings of the GreenPC thin client can be returned to their factory default
resolution and single monitor mode by holding down the “v” key on the keyboard
as you turn on the unit and keeping it pressed until the display reappears
run dual monitors on the C10Le GreenPC thin client, you will need one DVI and one
VGA capable display.
newer T10D GreenPC client has two built-in DVI ports which can support two DVI
monitors or one DVI and one VGA with the adapter included in the box.
Most Dell displays sold in the past few years
support both standards, with the DVI connector having a white hood and the VGA
connector having a blue hood. The Wyse thin clients supports a wide range
of display resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 for dual monitor use as shown in the table below.
Supported Display Resolutions
640 x 480
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1024 x 768
1152 x 864
1280 x 720
1280 x 768
1280 x 1024
1360 x 768
1368 x 768
1400 x 1050
1440 x 900
1600 x 900
1600 x 1200
1680 x 1050
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1200
1920 x 1440
2560 x 1600
(single monitor only)
can mix and match monitors of different resolutions and sizes as well as
combining rectangular and wide-screen monitors if you wish. The best
result will be obtained if the vertical resolutions of the monitors are
default dual display arrangement is side-by-side with the DVI connected monitor
designated as display 1 on the left and the VGA connected monitor as display 2
on the right (if applicable). We suggest that if your two displays are different resolutions,
that the higher resolution display be connected via DVI (White connector) as
display 1 on the left.
Connecting to GreenPC through a Remote Desktop Client
To learn how to connect to GreenPC by using Remote Desktop Services, please refer to our Remote Desktop Services support page.
Refer to the "Connecting to GreenPC" drop down under the respective operating system (Windows or Mac OS X).