I finally pulled the trigger on ordering my first Raspberry Pi unit and started surfing around the interwebs for a cool first project, I wanted something that was relatively simple for my first experience with the Raspberry Pi. After a few hours of searching online, I came across This post by Mike on his personal project blog that sparked an interest. We had also just finished a monitor upgrade at work and just happen to have the same model monitor that Mike used in his build lying around collecting dust. And we have been discussing viable alternatives to the seemingly overpriced thin clients we had been researching as well. So I decided on doing a variation of Mikes All-in-one PC build, but tidy it up a bit and use the Citrix Thin Client OS for the Raspberry Pi @ http://rpitc.blogspot.com/.
The Parts List
- x1 – Raspberry Pi (Model B)
- x1 – HDMI cable
- x1 – HDMI > DVI Converter
- x1 – USB A to B Cable
- x1 – USB > Micro USB cable
- x1 – Wifi USB adapter(optional)
- x1 – SD Card
- x1 – Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
- x1 – Dell LCD – Model 1908FPb
- x1 – Dell Speaker Bar (optional)
- x1 – Power Cable
Since I already had access to the LCD, Speaker Bars and Cables – I only had to purchase the Pi, a case, an SD card & wifi Device. To be honest though, I struggled trying to fit a 6ft long HDMI and USB cable into the the LCD enclosure… I would highly recommend purchasing shorter cables ( ~1-2ft should do it) if you have the cash!
Next I had to unplug everything and figure out where I was going to find room to fit my Pi and route all of my cables…
After about an hour of taking measurements, cutting and routing cables – I was finally ready to put it all back together and power it back on! As you can see, It would have been A LOT easier working with shorter lengths of cables.
After wrestling with cables and the LCD shell to get everything to fit nice and snug – I ended up with the configuration you see below!
And here is a closeup of where the cables come through the case….
The only cable that you have to worry about now is the Power cable! It’s great for keeping your desktop clean, but a bit troublesome if you ever want to change the SD card in your Raspberry Pi. But as a thin client, It functions beautifully 😀
The final product.
I’ve decided to break this project post up into 3 different sections, Check out what I did before starting this project by setting up the Citrix Thin Client OS & Wifi on the Raspberry Pi.
- Raspberry Pi – Citrix Thin Client OS
- Raspberry Pi – Setting up WiFi
- Raspberry Pi – All in One PC Build