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Manage MultiPoint Server Hardware

A MultiPoint Server system consists of a single computer and at least one station. Station hardware typically consists of a station hub, mouse, keyboard, and video monitor. Stations are typically physically wired to the computer.

The following illustration shows an example of the layout of a MultiPoint Server system that has four stations. Each station is connected to the MultiPoint Server computer by using a USB hub and multi-monitor video cards. This illustration does not represent stations that are connected by using multifunction hubs.

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Image of MultiPoint Server USB-based system layout

The topics in this section describe how you can view the status of the hardware connected to your MultiPoint Server system, and provide detailed information about the types of USB devices and other peripheral hardware devices that you can use to set up a MultiPoint Server station. The following is a brief description of the topics in this section that can help you select hardware and set up your MultiPoint Server station.

  • View Hardware Status

  • Work with USB Devices

  • Work with Video Devices

  • Set Up a Station

View Hardware Status

In MultiPoint Manager, you can use the Hardware tab to view the status of the stations and hardware devices that are connected to the MultiPoint Server computer. For more information about how to view the status of your MultiPoint Server computer and the hardware devices that are connected to it, see the View MultiPoint Server Hardware Status topic.

Work with USB Devices

When USB devices and other peripheral hardware devices are connected to the MultiPoint Server system, they function differently when they are connected to the MultiPoint Server computer than when they are connected to a MultiPoint Server station. The MultiPoint Server USB Devices topic describes how different hardware devices might function in these scenarios and provides detailed information about how to work with station hubs.

Work with Video Devices

The MultiPoint Server Video Devices topic discusses how video devices, such as a monitor or projector, function when they are connected to a computer in your MultiPoint Server system or to a MultiPoint Server station.

Set Up a Station

The Set Up a MultiPoint Server Station topic describes how to connect peripheral hardware devices to a MultiPoint Server station hub to create a MultiPoint Server station. MultiPoint Server supports two types of station hubs:

  • An externally powered or unpowered multi-port USB hub that can support a mouse, keyboard, and other USB peripheral devices

  • A multifunction hub that can include an integrated video controller and ports for mouse, keyboard, and audio peripheral devices

Both types of station hubs connect to the computer by way of a USB cable. Procedures in the Set Up a MultiPoint Server Station topic describe how to connect hardware devices to each type of station hub.

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