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Compute Smartly
A 3-user kit
for vSpace PRO
for LAN or PCIe configurations.
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The NComputing MX-series is our latest 3-user thin client kit that changes the game for affordable and green computing. It is a desktop virtualization solution comprising of vSpace Server software and MX-series thin client access devices.

The MX-series rewrites new affordability standards in shared computing by slashing as much as 65% in acquisition cost, 80% in maintenance cost and 90% in energy cost when compared to an all PC-based solution. Made possible by the MX-series’ simplicity, high performance, manageability, security and low cost.

The MX-series combines the best features of NComputing’s widely popular M-series and X-series with the support of a LAN-based or direct connection-based virtual desktop deployment, with enhanced multimedia performance, superior graphics and support for the Gigabit network.

The green advantage of MX100 helps organizations pursue their missions, with effective IT solutions, while at the same lessening their environmental impact.

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Simple, Powerful & Affordable

The MX-series is the benchmark for a low cost, simple, powerful and affordable PC Expansion alternative. As the industry's premier 3-in-1 thin client offering, the MX-series delivers a high-quality, media-rich Windows desktop experience to 3-users. Architected as an end-to-end solution and built to be simple to deploy, operate and maintain; the hardware, software and protocol components work seamlessly to provide the ultimate user experience. The effectiveness of the solution ensures that users are unaware that their desktop is running from a single computer and the whole solution can be managed by users with only basic IT computer skills.

  • Slash acquisition cost by 65%, maintenance cost by 80% and energy cost by 90% (compared to an all PC solution)
  • Deliver up to 70% saving in TCO over 5 years
  • Extend your desktop refresh periods by a factor of two
  • One MX100 kit supports 3-users and costs less than a single PC
  • Fewer PCs to manage equals lower computing costs per user
  • Better utilization of IT resources
  • NComputing's lowest cost per seat thin client offering

  • Rich Windows PC experience:
    • Full screen Windows desktops
    • Supports HD Multimedia
    • USB peripheral support
  • Simple to deploy, maintain and manage
  • Centralized management of hosted Windows desktops
  • All users benefit from performance, application and security updates simultaneously
  • Integrated messaging features
  • Integrated desktop monitoring
  • Flexibility in deployment options (LAN vs Direct Connect

  • Consumes less power (2W per user, typical)
  • Generates less heat
  • Lasting and durable
  • Produces less eWaste

Use cases

The MX-series is available as either the MX100D or MX100S. Both are compatible with NComputing vSpace Server 8.4 and vSpace Pro. MX100S is compatible with vSpace for Linux.

Feature MX100D MX100S
Direct connect to host computer via PCIe card (included)  
Connect to host computer over an existing network (LAN)  
Energy saving
NComputing's lowest cost/seat thin client
3-users per kit
Device management included
Simple to deploy, use and manage

MX100D: Direct connect to the host computer via PCIe card (included)

This allows 3 users, and is expandable to 9 users by adding up to two additional MX100S kits (not included) without the need for a LAN.

MX100D architecture

MX100S: Connect to the host computer via LAN.

Using your existing LAN, 3 users can connect to the vSpace Server through a single network connection. 

MX100S Architecture

Connections

  1. Headphones (audio-out)
  2. USB 2.0
  3. Microphone (analog-in)
MX100 Front connections
  1. Satellite link
  2. Satellite VGA
  3. DC Power (Not used with MX100D)
  4. RJ45 - LAN
  5. Primary VGA
  6. Primary Keyboard & Mouse
  7. Satellite Keyboard & Mouse
  8. Link to Primary
MX100 Rear connections

Feature comparison & FAQ

See how the MX-series compares to our popular legacy products.

Connection method to host:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
PCI card (full-height)      
PCIe card (low-profile)      
LAN    

Maximum distance to host:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
Cat 5e 5M 100M 100M 20M
Cat 6 10M 100M 100M 20M

Mouse connection:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
PS2      
USB 1.1      
USB 2.0    
One open USB 2.0 port per station  

Microphone port:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
8-bit mono      
10-bit mono    

Audio port:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
8-bit stereo (AM quality)    
16-bit stereo (CD quality)    

Maximum screen resolution:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
1400 x 900    
1920 x 1080    

Ethernet port:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
10/100 Mbps      
10/100/1000 Mbps      
Max users per vSpace Server 11 1 46 2 46 3 19 4

 

1. 11 (5 users x 2 cards + host)

2. 46 (15 M300 kits x 3 users + host)

3. 46 (15 MX kits x 3 users + host)

4. 19 (6 MX kits x 3 users + host)

 

Peripheral support:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
Storage    
Printers    

Power source:

  X550 M300 MX100S MX100D
PoE (Power over ethernet)    
Power adapter    
Low power usage (1-2W)

How many users can each MX100 kit support?

Every MX100 kit supports 3-users.

What’s versions of vSpace Server software support the MX100?

All MX100 kits require vSpace Server for Windows version 8.4 or later. Earlier versions of vSpace Server software do not support the MX-series devices and you will not be able to use MX-series devices on these earlier versions of vSpace Server software. MX100S will also work with vSpace for Linux.

What’s the difference between the MX100D and the MX100S?

The MX100D Direct Connect Edition does not use a Local Area Network to communicate with a vSpace Server. It is designed for use where there is no existing Local Area Network infrastructure. The MX100D kit includes a MX100-PCIe card, a PCIe x1 card, that must be installed in the vSpace Server host computer for connectivity with the client devices through a single Cat5e/Cat6 cable for both data and power. MX100D kits must be used in proximity to the vSpace Server host computer as the maximum cable distance connecting the 20 meters.

The MX100S Standard Edition uses a standard Local Area Network to communicate with a vSpace Server. It is designed for use with an existing Local Area Network infrastructure, enabling the MX100 access devices to be located anywhere on the LAN, giving the option to use the devices at much greater distances from the vSpace Server host computer when compared to the MX100D Direct Connect Edition. The MX100S Standard Edition kit can also be used in conjunction with a MX100D Direct Connection Edition to add support for an additional 3-users to the MX100D.

How many MX100D users can be supported by a single vSpace Server host computer?

The number of users that can be supported depends primarily on the capability and resources available to the host computer running the vSpace Server software.
Each MX100D Direct Connection Edition kit requires an available PCIe x1 slot in the vSpace Server host computer. The MX100D is a 3-user kit that can support up to 9-users by purchasing additional MX100S Standard Edition kits. Each MX100S kit will support up an additional 3-users. A maximum of two MX100S kits can be used with each MX100D for a maximum of 9-users.
For general office productivity computing needs, NComputing recommends 1GHz of CPU performance and 2GB DRAM for each user. Using these parameters, a single quad-core CPU clocked at 3.0GHz with 24GB DRAM can support up to 12 users and provide sufficient headroom to support a MX100D configured to support 9-users.

How many MX100S users can be supported by a single vSpace Server host computer?

The number of users that can be supported depends primarily on the capability and resources available to the host computer running the vSpace Server software.
For general office productivity computing needs, NComputing recommends 1GHz of CPU performance and 2GB DRAM for each user. Using these parameters, a single quad-core CPU clocked at 3.0GHz with 24GB DRAM can support up to 12 users.

Why isn’t there a power adapter included with the MX100D Direct Connect Editions?

The MX100D is powered using PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) technology eliminating the need for a separate power adapter.
The MX100-PCIe card that is included with each MX100D Direct Connect Edition kit provides power to the MX100 devices. It is important to ensure that the host computers PCIe slot and power supply can provide a minimum of 30W.

What is the maximum length of cable I can use to connect an MX100D to the host computer, when connecting an MX100D via a MX100-PCIe card?

You may use Cat5e or Cat 6 cable with a maximum length of 20m.

What type of Cat6 cable can I use to connect an MX100D to the host computer, when connecting an MX100D via a MX100-PCIe card?

You may use Cat 6 cable with straight one-to-one connectivity. Cross over cables are not supported and should not be used.

For the MX100D what is the maximum number of MX100-PCIe cards that are supported on the same Host computer?

We recommend a maximum of two (2) MX100-PCIe cards per host computer. Remember, it is important to ensure that the host computers power supply and PCIe slot can provide a minimum of 30W for each MX100-PCIe card installed.

Can both MX100D Direct Connection Edition kits, MX100S Standard Edition kits, L250, L300 and L350 devices be deployed on the same Host vSpace Server computer?

Yes, a vSpace Server host computer can support any combination of these devices. Note the vSpace Server version 8.4 (or later) is required to support MX100 devices.

What happens if customer connects a network cable from the MX100-PCie card to a Network Switch or Router by mistake?

As a precaution, you should avoid connecting network cables between the MX100-PCIe card and other network equipment. Although, the MX100-PCIe card and other network equipment should be tolerant of being connected to each other, NComputing will not be held liable for any damage that may occur as a result of the MX100-PCIe card being connected to anything other than a MX100-Primary device.

Can I replace the supplied 2m USB 2.0 A/B cable with a longer cable?

Yes, you must use a high quality USB 2.0 cable (USB 1 cables are not supported), the maximum supported cable length is 5m for a USB 2.0 A/B cable.

What is the maximum VGA cable length that I can use with MX100 devices?

The length of VGA cable that can be used will depend very much on the quality of the monitor being connected to and the VGA cable itself. With a good quality monitor and cable you should be able to use cables up to 5m. With poor quality monitors and cables you may be limited to using cable lengths of 2-3m.

Resources

Videos

MX100D Installation guide
MX100D Installation guide
MX100S Installation Guide
MX100S Installation guide