I cleared a table at home and dedicated it to being my target.
I am using a USB keyboard and mouse. I could have used PS2 but that’s old-hat. With USB you you can unplug and replug if needed which you can’t do. Sometimes if the kb/mouse driver falls over or doesn’t load, this can be useful to restart things. It does take up 2 of the 4 USB ports but I plugged in a USB hub and used this for the kb/mouse. I intend actually using Bluetooth keyboard and mouse anyway.
I’m using a 1280 x 1024 LCD display, VGA connector; save space on an old CRT. I will try DPI. I’d like to add an LCD touch screen
I have power-board on the table near the system. That way I can easily plug/unplug and plug-packs needed by accessories. Might upgrade to one with surge protection and switches. I do have an inverter for use in a car if needed. I might work on battery system like a laptop at some stage.
I set it up with a wired network connection to our network WiFi hub. That way it can get an IP from the hub DNS server, be accessed from my dev machine for image download and debugging and for accessing the internet when an image when running. Also, the remote client can be access from the dev machine.
If your target can’t be on a network with DNS, the ICOP target boot menu has an option for a using a fixed IP. Just use a cross over cable and a fixed IP on the development machine side (fixed IP that is in the same subnet as the target with an appropriate mask). An alternative with dev machines that a wired NIC and and WiFi, where WiFi is the network portal, do the following:
Cross over cable: Many NICs now don’t need a cross over cable. They automatically reconfigure to suit. Not sure whether the ICOP box supports this.
It is also worth noting that the dev machine and target have to be on the same subnet.
I use WiFi to connect to my target from my dev machine. The 802.11g 56MBs is much faster than the achieved download rate when sending an image.
TODO: Compare download times when using WiFi and when using Wired.
I have variety of of accessories from previous activities to use: