Re: Off Topic-NUC Computer
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Thanks for the reply Brian. The OnLogic computer for SRO, a NUVO-7002LP, has 4 RS232 ports and 8 USB along with 2 LAN. That will work fine with that system but it also cost just over $3K with taxes, like $2,800. I did add a secondary drive. Not being familiar with these units I’m not sure what I can add on my own. I’ve built desktop systems for observatories for quit a few years and usually add StarTech expansion cards for the serial and USB if needed. I avoided adapters as much as possible. The SRO unit hasn’t gone out yet as I have a number of projects going on and wanted to test here at home prior to sending it out.
From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Behalf Of Brian Valente
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2021 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Off Topic-NUC Computer
I pretty much only use nuc-style computers (and by this I mean headless computers that I access remotely).
i have a few here that work just fine: Intel NUC, Lenovo has some good ones. They are reasonably priced, though most have fans. I have also picked up many of them coming off lease, well equipped and with windows 10 pro for around $200-250.
When we looked at NUCs for our remote obs in chile, the main reason we went with fanless was not better cooling, but minimizing points of failure. The technicians there said if and when something on the computer fails, it's almost always the fan (environment, dust, etc.) so fanless was a way to eliminate that.
If you feel your environment and risk factors would lead you to a fanless design, I do like OnLogic. They have added some smaller NUC style computers more recently, so you might either message them or browse their catalog. They were a little tricky for me to find
On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 10:33 AM Steve Reilly <sreilly24590@...> wrote: