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Workplace has no power. Is it possible to work thin clients without power supply?

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closed as not a real question by Ben Pilbrow, Iain, DanBig, Scott Pack, MDMarra Feb 25 '11 at 15:06

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Sorry I just have to ask..... is this a joke? – ThatGraemeGuy Feb 25 '11 at 8:51

a few ideas:

  • portable computers: laptops, netbooks.
  • handheld devices: smartphones, tablets, Nokia N700-N810
  • very low power mainboards (VIA or ARM) hooked to an UPS.

In the end, you'll always need some power:

  • for the server (unless it's remote)
  • for the network (switches, access points, router if server is remote)
  • to recharge batteries (either internal or on UPS)

If you try to go PoE, note that the distance is limited; Ethernet UTP itself goes up to 150m, but to get PoE at high wattage more than 50-70m you need higher voltages at the source. A lot easier would be to lay your own power cable as you do the network.

tl;dr: electronic devices use electricity. might be low amounts of it, but never zero.

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Computers need power. There's really no way around that.

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If you found computer with 15 Wt consumption.. PoE can give you only 15 Wt... I don't see any another way...

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And what is going to power the PoE? – John Gardeniers Feb 25 '11 at 8:16
Hamsters in wheels! Or an exercise bike? – Niall Donegan Feb 25 '11 at 11:46
it's not hard to find linux-capable ARM boards that consume far less than 15W (heck, even some VIA boards fit!). the huge problem would be to power the display. – Javier Feb 25 '11 at 14:24
@John Gardeniers: assuming the server does have power available, you could power the switch at that central location. – Javier Feb 25 '11 at 14:26
PoE+ can provide 25,5 watts – pauska Feb 25 '11 at 15:29

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