Requirement: I will install standalone pc units running Windows XP Pro in venues to basically auto play music playlists through scheduling. To restrict access, the unit will not have a monitor, keyboard or mouse.
To setup and maintain the units onsite (multiple locations), rather than have to carry a monitor, keyboard and mouse everywhere (unpack and repack etc), I would like to use a laptop for example for the purpose of display, keyboard & control of the PC unit. I thought this would be simple but it appears it is not.
I thought perhaps an iPad with touch screen keyboard etc would be suitable through USB connection but this looks doubtful.
Wifi at the venues is not guaranteed so discount this option.
What solutions if any are available to me that are simple to use (USB or lan cable connection), cost effective (any additional cost increases the service and product costs) and multi-language (i.e. any Windows XP Pro language version will work).
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