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Old 04-07-07, 12:51 PM
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KVM Switch, multiple monitors, single monitor question

Hello everyone. I searched here and elsewhere on the net about kvm switched , etc. and have managed to get myself more confused so here I go...

I will soon be working from home for my job and want to set up my computer at home to "work together" so to speak with my laptop from work. At work I have a docking station for the laptop which I will not get to take with me. No matter what, I want to share my mouse and keyboard between the two systems (laptop and desktop). Both the mouse and keyboard are wireless so it seems like that may be a problem with some switches? So which of these scenarios should I try to persue and what would I need.

1.) Two separate monitors, one for my desktop and one for the laptop (my laptop screen is a pain for me to work on for long periods of time so Id like to use my bigger lcd monitor.) sharing the keyboard and mouse.

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2.)One new monitor (likely larger and widescreen) where I could have both computer desktops showing on the same monitor maybe in a split screen or other picture in picture configuration and be able to control either "picture" with the same keyboard and mouse.

I will also like to share an internet connection (not wirelessly but thorough a router) and a printer (which I would like to have on a wireless print server that both the laptop and desktop can access from across the room.)

Sorry for the long winded post. I usually pick up this stuff relatively easy but the technology world has beaten me this time.

Thanks so much for any advice anyone can provide...
Old 04-10-07, 11:36 PM
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We use KVM switches at work... the basics of which mean you switch the keyboard, monitor and mouse between computers which it seems you already know. But the main thing is that only 1 computer is displayed/controlled at a time and you have to push a button or use keystrokes to switch between computers.. None of the ones we use would allow for simultaneous use of both computers, IOW you do something on one then switch to the other and do something (losing your display of the first computer until you switch back). Now of course you could bypass the monitor function and have monitors connected directly to each PC so the displays would always show, but you would still have to switch between them for Keyboard/Mouse functions.
Getting both computers on one display at the same time and controlled by the same keyboard/mouse is not something a typical KVM switch does I believe... i'm sure it can be done but it will take something more complex or software to do.
Old 04-11-07, 01:15 AM
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How about
1. Install a VNC server on your laptop;
2. Use a big LCD monitor for your desktop, and use VNC viewer to connect/display/control your laptop.
Old 04-13-07, 07:37 AM
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if you have XP just enable remote desktop. that's what i do when i work from home
Old 04-13-07, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
if you have XP just enable remote desktop. that's what i do when i work from home
1. XP remote desktop service is NOT available on Home edition, i.e., XP Home can only be remote desktop client;
2. On the other hand, Windows 2000 can be remote desktop client, too, just install the client software:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...dclientdl.mspx

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