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Zotac demonstrates new remote control PC product

Zotac demonstrates new remote control PC product

Zotac's control box does the business at the client end.

CeBIT 09: Another interesting SKU from Zotac is its development of a networked box that lets you remote control your PC. While not itself a new concept, Zotac is trying to make it more affordable and simple for the masses.

All you have to do is drop the PCI-Express card into an available slot in your PC and you can pipe up to two displays on DVI, sound and USB across the network to another location, allowing remote control of that system. Basically this means you can have a PC on the other side of the house (or hidden in a server room) made available to work on in the office – so it doesn’t matter how loud it is or compact your working environment – it’s a substitution for a compromise.

In the demonstration given it works very responsively, even playing video, and Zotac claim that it’s even fast enough to do FPS gaming on, providing Gigabit LAN is used. Obviously, adding network switches or wireless into the situation increases lag, but at least the concept seems to work.

Price wise, Zotac are still working on sourcing components and getting the cost down. Having talked to Ebuyer in the UK, the Zotac guys were told £100 should be the target to aim for and we agree – it’s never going to be a cheap product and even approaching the £100 mark will be a challenge. From our end though, once you start thinking about it, it could actually be really useful, even if it is a little strange to have a product like this coming from a GPU company.

Check out our hastily-taken pics below and then tell us what you think in the forums.

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Mister_X 9th March 2009, 12:16 Quote
Now this actually sounds rather intriguing.

Sign me up
Mankz 9th March 2009, 12:28 Quote
^^ Sounds like a nice little niche product.
Delphium 9th March 2009, 12:36 Quote
Hmmm I can see this as a possible media center type device with a wireless usb mouse/keyboard, and if small enough then maybe mount behind a nice large HD screen.

Would be interesting to see if it supports HDCP over the dvi or not.
p3n 9th March 2009, 12:46 Quote
Never had the pleasure of using a network KVM but im guessing sound is the only thing different from products available currently?

*edit* Nevermind, misunderstood - seems to be more of a 'dumb' terminal type device.
Xtrafresh 9th March 2009, 13:23 Quote
This could be very very good! But i dont really understand how everything is connected.

Is the ethernet port on the card also supposed to handle conventional traffic, or does it go straight to the box? And what is the DVI port on the card for? Is that the way the card receives the display data?
cjmUK 10th March 2009, 11:56 Quote
Seems like a solution looking for a problem... There are loads of remote desktop style solutions around, and if you need performance, move the damn machine. As Mankz suggests, there may well be a niche for this product, but personally, I have better things to spend my £100 on.
Nicb 10th March 2009, 19:01 Quote
I like it, I'm sure I could find a reason to have it. :)
cjmUK 10th March 2009, 21:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nicb
I like it, I'm sure I could find a reason to have it. :)

Yeah, but as geeks, we are not representative of the market. We'd buy a dog turd if we could overclock it.
mr00Awesome 10th March 2009, 22:11 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
This could be very very good! But i dont really understand how everything is connected.

Is the ethernet port on the card also supposed to handle conventional traffic, or does it go straight to the box? And what is the DVI port on the card for? Is that the way the card receives the display data?

I would imagine that the dvi gets plugged into the graphics card and then everything(display, keyboard, mouse) gets transfered to the box via the ethernet cord. The computer would still need its own nic and connection to the network.
r4tch3t 12th March 2009, 22:47 Quote
Could this be used as a HTPC? Using it to control the server you have all your media on.
mr00Awesome 13th March 2009, 01:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by r4tch3t
Could this be used as a HTPC? Using it to control the server you have all your media on.

I believe that's the intent.
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