I’m considering using this for a kiosk-type system but I think I am going to be short on ports:
I need it to have Ethernet, HDMI, and USB-C for power but I am one-port shy to have both mouse and keyboard. I could probably use a USB hub of some kind but that would make the setup less clean.
Has anyone set one of these up in a commercial / manufacturing environment successfully? I think I may try it out but it would not look great if the plant manager had issues with it.
I am currently looking at using a Lenovo ThinkCenter which would be about the same cost.
If wireless is allowed maybe mouse and keyboard with the same receiver could do the trick. I think there are some vendors which allow to use one dongle for multiple devices (Logitech?). Another solution could be a keyboard with integrated USB hub, then you could connect the mouse directly to the keyboard.
I do have to hard wire this in and it is a somewhat hazardous environment too but and I may or may not have to use one of those waterproof style keyboards. I am still working on the plan with the operations and plant manager for how shielded this will be. I think I could use some sort of USB hub too I just want this to look as clean as possible.
There are a couple community projects to make dual USB A or C cards. The threads are a bit long so figuring out the actual state of the projects is difficult. Having another potential customer for their projects might motivate them to finish!
AFAIK the Dual A is basically a DIY/take apart a regular 2 port hub and do some soldering/rewiring to cram it into a 3D printed Expansion Card.
The Dual C seems closer to being done, although apparently still some work and testing to do. It’s getting there, but clearly slower than any of us would like.
If you can get a monitor with USB-C or at least a USB hub you can just put the computer behind it on the VESA mounts and connect mouse and keyboard to monitor and have little clutter visible.
I’m not using it in a commercial application, but ran into exactly the same problem RE: number of ports. I agree a monitor or keyboard with an integrated hub is probably the easiest solution if you need more connectivity, I ended up caving and getting a USB-C hub as I also wanted a webcam in addition to keyboard + mouse.
One thing I’ll caution is fan noise in the Cooler Master case can be a bit irritating, depending on where this kiosk setup is located / how sound isolated it is. If it’s on a production floor with ambient noise maybe not an issue but it’d definitely annoy me in a quieter setting. Just browsing the internet or using apps will cause the fans to ramp up often times (with 11th gen Intel, I imagine this is less of an issue with the AMD boards).
I have been watching some of the projects with Dual USB-C or USB-C plus USB-A and that would be basically perfect. I bought a thing on ebay that would be dual USB-C but one is power delivery only which in this case would also work perfectly for this too. I think I will have to go with the Lenovo for this project but I am VERY close to getting one of these just for testing to see if I can make it work.
If I could wave the magic wand, I would gladly get expansion cards with USB-C + USB-A, even if it was just gaining USB2.0 speeds on the module. Most devices are mice and keyboards that I need.
I have been adding Framework computers at both plants I am responsible for so using desktops with similar hardware only makes sense. Just as a thought, if there was a box the size of Lenovo ThinkCenter with Framework hardware inside with perhaps only two or three expansion ports would basically be perfect so long as there is a smattering of the typical ports on the back of it as well.
Just a thought.