Remote, Mobile, 3G, Check-in

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:11 AM by nairdo

the Kiosk Cart

When we launched our Queen Creek campus at the Queen Creek High School, we decided not to rely on the local network there.  Having learned our network reliability lessons when we ran a test church at Campo Verde High School the year before, we instead decided to put some trust into the 3G cellular network. So far it's been pretty solid.

Built not for looks but for quick setup, tear-down, and storage, this 'kiosk on a cart' solution was somewhat based on Daniel's "network in a box" configuration and our custom check-in Arena module.  The cart includes a self contained network using a used Cisco 800 series router with a 3G card that creates a VPN tunnel to our main campus.  If IT and Networking are your gig, you can read all the details about those parts over on Derek's blog.

If you're wondering if it's fast or even usable... check out this video of me doing check-in of some test children during a live, normal weekend.

Every time I see the labels print out with this setup, I'm amazed.  The browser on the kiosk is talking over the 3G VPN network, to our web server which is then sending a local print job to a printer called QC1 (or QC2), which in turn is defined to talk to the printer's print-server on a particular static IP back over the 3G VPN network.  Back and fourth over the 3G network without a hitch.

One more important thing to note. Notice how fast we can punch in a phone number? Unless you're using iPads or some other non-mouse/keyboard device, you might need to change your registry's DoubleClickSpeed setting. We've set ours to 50. That setting defines how clicks are interpreted by the OS, so if the number is too high the OS won't interpret two very fast clicks (screen touches) as two single clicks.

Comments

  1. chris rivers Says:
    Very cool Nick!
  2. This End Up Says:

    When you use a web based kiosk for your attendant-less check-in system , you should think about what's

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