Try the Workbench

In this section we try the eReuse.org software tools, specifically the eReuse.org Workbench Computer. You can know more about them in here.

The objective is to register one computer using the Workbench Computer, this is, generating it’s hardware report and uploading it to a Devicehub, where we can observe its information.

Requirements

  • One computer connected to the Internet with an Ethernet cable. To make the demo simpler, we do not use the WiFi, a Mac computer, or a custom-built one (i.e. computer without brand).
  • A pen–drive USB with, at least, 500MB of total capacity.

Steps

  1. Download and burn the Workbench Live ISO to the pen-drive:
    1. Go to this link, then go to the folder workbench-live, and then click the file called workbench-live beta-devicetag.iso to start downloading it.
    2. Burn the file to a pen-drive. You can use your favorite software. We recommend using the open-source etcherdownload it directly from their website. Note that this process erases any data from the pen–drive.
  2. Boot the computer with the pen-drive:
    1. This is the complicated step, as you need to restart the computer and tell the BIOS to boot through your pen-drive. You can follow this guide.
    2. You know you have succeeded when you see the following screen (which disappears after a few seconds):

You are done. Workbench eventually gets loaded and automatically processes the computer. Just ensure your computer is connected to the Internet with an ethernet cable, so Workbench can automatically upload the report of this computer to a demo public Devicehub once it finishes. Although Workbench can erase data-storage units and install OS, by default, the one you are using now, it does not any destructive action: it generates the ID of the computer and its components, benchmarking and testing them.

At the end of the Workbench execution, if everything goes well, you get something like the following image. You can get an error if the device is custom-built, as it does not have a required serial number. Workbench can process custom-built devices, but it is out of the scope of this demo.

In the image, note that there is an URL after the Uploaded. Something like https://api-beta.devicetag.io/devices/XXX, where XXX is the ID of the device. That is the URL containing the public information of your device, the result of the report generated by Workbench. You can restrict the amount of public information shown per device*.

https://beta.devicetag.io is the cloud of Devicehub that DeviceTag.io, an eReuse.org member, offers to the public for testing purposes. The Workbench you downloaded is pre-configured to upload reports to this Devicehub, however you can configure it to upload to any other Devicehub, or none.

Go to https://beta.devicetag.io to see the device in the Devicehub. You are welcomed by a login screen. Perform login with the following credentials: email, user@dhub.com; password, 1234 —like in the following image:

Once you perform login you can search for your device by writing the ID of the device like in the search field. Clicking on the device results in seeing its information at the right panel, where there is an interactive resumé of the device.

 

This process is OK for a few computers. If you want to 1) escalate for dozens of computers, 2) read and add new organization tags, 3) process custom-build machines, 4) allow to register user-input as aesthetic grades or notes, or 5) erase data-storages and install OS, we recommend using the open-source Workbench Server, which deploys and enhances Workbench Computer. Refer to the software page to learn more about it.

*Not possible in the actual testing version of the software.