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Business Laptops with Docking Stations

by cibal175 / August 15, 2009 7:33 AM PDT

I once worked at a company that used computers with removable laptops and docking stations. The laptops did not look like laptops and employees were able to remove them and take them throughout the building while remaining connected to the network. Can someone give me some information on the kind of equipment this was and how it works.

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Such machines are
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 15, 2009 10:52 PM PDT

Still available for a price. The price usually makes us shudder and while you thought such was a neat thing the brutal costs of both hardware and the IT staff to field these means that us common folk will get a laptop and use it.

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Business Laptops with docking stations
by cibal175 / August 16, 2009 11:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Such machines are

How much are they? My boss asked me to look into the price. She said she has seen them also. We already have an intranet (?) and I believe she intends to add only 3 or 4 to the existing system. Is that possible or would it require a complete overhaul?

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Business Laptops with Docking Stations
by cibal175 / August 16, 2009 11:53 AM PDT

I did a little research and found some separate docking stations for sale. I assume they can be purchased and connected to the existing network. Right?

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The problem is simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2009 12:00 PM PDT

The units I know of required a commitment to make the thin clients which were not laptops and provide docks and more. If you really want to go there be sure to budget about 4 or more times more dollars for each station.

This is why I suggest you stick with your common laptops.

Or just call up Dell, Citrix or such.

The brutal truth is that these are just as pricey or much more dollars than a common laptop.

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Business Laptops...
by cibal175 / August 16, 2009 11:22 PM PDT
In reply to: The problem is simple.

Thanks for the advice and the link. Since everyone does already have a laptop,I think your advice to stick with them is best. We are certainly not trying to spend a lot. Plus, we only have one tech guy (yep, for the whole company) which means there could be a whole lot of problems.

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My place of work uses docking stations.
by orlbuckeye / August 16, 2009 11:57 PM PDT
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They are hard wire connected to our internal network and the laptops also have internal wireless cards . Some also have aircards which are the cards available from most cell phone companies. The aircard gives a slow connection which is good for email and stuff like that. To connect to our internal network users need to be hardwired connected using ehternet cables. Also we use VPN (virtual private network) for aircard users and wireless users. The VPN client is installed on the laptop and it does authenication through our domain server (which means it prompts foru username and PW and lof you on to the network.

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