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2 PCs, 2 monitors, 1 keyboard and 1 mouse - sharing solutions.

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by 413x, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

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    Location: Cardiff

    Edit.. I forgot about my work laptop. 3 machines

    Looking for a sharing (likely KVM) Solution.

    I have (or will have soon) 2 monitors and 2 windows PCs (laptop and desktop) that I want to share.

    Ideally I'd like to be able to have both on, 1 screen each, one on, both screens.

    I'm not sure how capable KVMs are. Is it more all or nothing? Ie you would need just have a KVM for the peripherals and switch monitors on the screen itself?
    Both screens will have multiple at least 2 DP/usbc connections.

    I'm assuming a kvm only for keyboard and mouse (and speakers) will make it faaaar cheaper

    FYI. The laptop is a surface book so has a magnetic connector to a hub with all the ports so cable unplugging isn't an issue to move it
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2020
  2. Biz.Kid09

    Sgarrista

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    I would connect keyboard and mouse into a simple USB switch, plenty on the rainforest that take a couple input and then you have a cable going out to PC and cable going out to laptop. I would then connect laptop and PC to the display using their own cables.


    Or is there a potential you might want PC/Laptop to be on both displays?
     
  3. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

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    Location: Cardiff

    Ah. I'm an idiot. I didn't realise there were usb switches.
    I've been looking at KVMs and it looks like all our nothing in regards to both monitors.

    Id need to connect the machines to both screens. Which is fine as the screens have enough ports.
     
  4. Biz.Kid09

    Sgarrista

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    Yeah do that, be simple. The Surface dock is really nice piece of kit if you wanted to use one of them for your surface book but a simple usb will do the job.
     
  5. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

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    Yeah I have one. It's amazing. I just pick my surface book up and it's detached!
     
  6. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

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    Location: Cardiff

    Struggling to find a usb3 switch for more than 3 machines
     
  7. whiskycycle

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 31, 2004

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    Location: The 'Toon, UK, in Europe

    I personally use Synergy and have done for a few years... keyboard and mouse on main computer at home, work laptop to side, software on main as server and on laptop as client. Do the same thing at work with desktop and laptop when not WFH because of this lovely Covid stuff!
     
  8. RavenLunatic

    Gangster

    Joined: Dec 18, 2008

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    Mouse without Borders is a free solution
     
  9. HouR

    Gangster

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    Location: Hertford

    Came in to say this also. Synergy works really well for me :)
     
  10. 413x

    Capodecina

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    Location: Cardiff

    I'm assuming these solutions need both machines to be running?

    If so that's not an option as only be using one machine at a time
     
  11. Quartz

    Capodecina

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    A simple solution I used to use was to have different coloured keyboards and mice. One set were beige and the other were black. That way I didn't get mixed up.
     
  12. HouR

    Gangster

    Joined: Dec 18, 2007

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    Location: Hertford

    Yes the main "server" PC that actually has the mouse/keyboard etc plugged into it.
    So not great for the electricity bill but simple. I always worried about input lag using a KVM 24/7 when I am not working and just gaming but I imagine that's probably not actually an issue.
     
  13. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

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    Going to get a kvm and mot use the M I think.

    I don't want to have one machine always on. Defeats the purpose.
     
  14. t31os

    Mobster

    Joined: May 24, 2006

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    Location: Surrey - UK

    If one is purely for non-essential stuff, ie. not rendering video or playing games, remote desktop is the easy solution, just logon over remote connection and drag the remote connection window onto the second screen.