Devon IT’s Ceptor is a small gadget that you can plug into the HDMI port on any TV or monitor to turn it into a thin client. In other words, for $99 plus the price of a monitor, you can login to a remote computer or network and run desktop apps, connect to your work network, or perform other tasks that would normally require a much more powerful PC.

The Ceptor is also hackable — it’s already running a Linux-based operating system called ZeTOS, but Devon’s chief technology officer says it could also run Android or other Linux-based operating systems.

Devon introduced the Ceptor earlier this year, and it’s now available for purchase for $99.

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The Ceptor features a 1 GHz Freescale i.MX6 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, 512MB to 1GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of built-in storage.

It supports 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and has a USB port and HDMI output.

You can probably find better hardware for the same price, but it’s Devon IT’s software and support that makes the Ceptor different from other ARM-based TV sticks. The company’s Linux-based software supports Citrix, VMWare, and RDP connections, and the $99 price includes a year of software support.

Or you could pick up any old Android TV stick and use Citrix Receiver or a similar app for Android. But then you wouldn’t get same software support.

The device measures 4.4″ x 1.5″ x 0.6″ , making it one of the smallest thin client solutions you’re likely to find.

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4 replies on “Devon’s Ceptor thin client-on-a-stick now available for $99”

  1. With MK808 you get 1Gb RAM, dual core CPU and quad core graphics chip for 45$. Buy some microSD (or cheap external hdd), put Linux and have the same with more space….

    Guys if you are going to compete with other Android sticks, try something different, really worth 99$. Like, making device more hackable (open case, more pins and etc). After that RPI, BBB and others will look like kids toys

  2. VMWare PCoIP, not VMWare emulation thingies 🙁

    (I see now that’s implied in the article, but I didn’t know VMWare had a VNC/RDP equivalent technology…)

  3. With an android dongle + Splashtop, I can do the same thing but… it’s cheaper 😉

  4. But it doesn’t have an X Server, which is the same shortcoming which has identified and hindered thin client hardware for nearly 20 years.

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