Finally! It has been so awesome to see one of our BIG ideas come to reality. It was a lot of work, but well worth it. I am very pleased to introduce you to Check-in a Box.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Check-in a Box is our mobile solution for checking kids into Sunday school. We just opened a new campus at our church that has to be completely set up and torn down each Sunday. We wanted a solution for our Fellowship One (Our CHMS (Church Management Software) that has a native application used for keeping attendance and managing volunteers) check-in stations that would be easy to set up and tear down while at the same time have a minimal amount of points of failure. We initially looked at all-in-one desktops with touch screens, but it just didnt’ flow well with the building we were in. Using iPads had intrigued us for some time, but the truth is, as much as I love the iPad, the back side of the set up was too complicated and came with too many points of failure. Then we read about the Dell Inspiron Duo. Instead of me writing about it, watch this:
So here’s the breakdown of what’s in the box:
4 Dell Inspiron Duo’s (we stripped a ton of pre-installed apps off of these guys, so they are running very smooth)
- Intel N550 Dual Core, 1.5GHz, 2 x 512K L2 Cache
- 2GB,DDR3,1333MHz, Runs at 800MHz
- 10.1 in W 16:9 RGBW HD, Multi-touch, 1.3M Webcam (1366×768)
- 320G, 2.5inch, 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- 29WHr Lithium-Ion Battery (4-cell)
4 Zebra TLP 2884-Z Label Printers
Zebra PS4000 Wireless Print Server
Belkin Wireless Router
The PS4000 was easy to come by, but the management port cable (Serial to RJ45, apparently a very specific type BL17502-2) wasn’t easy to find. We ended up finding the cable at Barcodediscount.com (Item: Zebra AK18350-1
Cable Kit for PS4000, DNLD Shield, DB-9 ). Once the correct cable was obtained the server was very easy to set up.
Each of the Duo’s is mapped to all 4 printers, with each tablet having a different default. The printers have the same IP address, but with different ports (all of which are tweakable via the console port software for the server).
Update: We’ve added a new feature to Check-in a Box.
Please comment with any questions you have and I will update the post with more info if requested.