Supporting the Study Rooms (Big Screens)
Study rooms contain multiple hardware devices working in conjunction with each other. The main elements are the workstation, the large screen display and the wireless keyboard. In order for the components to work together, the settings on each must be correct.
The Large Screen Display (tv) – The large screen's input must be set to “RGB-VIDEO”. This can be done either via remote control (located at the reference desk) or via the Buttons on the right-hand side of the display. In order to set the input:
The Workstation – The workstation is stored in a locked enclosure (big, wooden box) to the right side of the large TV screen. There are ventilation ports (big open windows cut in the box). You can reach the power button and power cord without having to open the cabinet, using these ports. Even with the ports cut, the workstation sometimes radiates a large amount of heat within the enclosure and may sometimes freeze, or shut down prematurely. You may need to restart the workstation, and remember- students are required to log into these workstations with their hostos login credentials.
Opening/ Saving Files- The workstations have a USB port that students can use, on a cable that protrudes out of the top of the enclosure. Alternatively, students should be able to reach their emails or online drive spaces (Google Drive/ Dropbox, etc.) from these workstations.
Students that require Sound - There are currently no speakers attached to the workstation as the neighboring rooms are used for archives work and teaching workshops. If a student wants to use sound, they may bring a laptop into the study room and use the electrical outlets available. Alternatively, If they have a laptop with video output and the appropriate cable (HDMI, for instance), they can project their laptop display on to the large screen and use the laptop's speakers for sound.
The Wireless Keyboard/MousePad Modules – This components consists of 2 parts: The Keyboard /Mousepad and the USB dongle. The USB dongles are already inserted into the respective workstations locked inside the enclosure and are powered by the computer. The keyboard communicates with the dongle wirelessly and is powered by batteries. There is a power switch along the top edge.
*If for any reason the enclosure needs to be opened (such as a student accidentally dropping their flash drive in the top port of the enclosure), The IT assistant (room A207J) has the key.