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Looking to build a home office setup

Elmers98 376 15 October 2, 2015 at 09:59 AM
For all of the techies out here, is it possible to have a dual desktop/laptop setup? My personal computer would a be a desktop and for work I have a laptop. Is it possible to have a standard desktop setup with a few monitors and have it somehow connected to a laptop docking station as well. So when I plug laptop in docking station, the monitors will switch from displaying my desktop to my laptop?

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For all of the techies out here, is it possible to have a dual desktop/laptop setup? My personal computer would a be a desktop and for work I have a laptop. Is it possible to have a standard desktop setup with a few monitors and have it somehow connected to a laptop docking station as well. So when I plug laptop in docking station, the monitors will switch from displaying my desktop to my laptop?

Thanks!

Just get a KVM switch.
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Just get a KVM switch.
Yep this should work.
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Quote from YanksIn2009 View Post :
Just get a KVM switch.
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Yep this should work.
Although be prepared to pay $$$ for a KVM that can do dual monitors.

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-Po...B0015DCIA6
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Most monitors have multiple inputs...
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Most monitors have multiple inputs...
I agree with this. It is much better to just use the multiple input options from your monitors.
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Most monitors have multiple inputs...
Still needs something for the keyboard and mouse though. And you'll still need to switch the inputs on the monitors, which can get annoying pretty quickly.

While a dual-monitor KVM isn't cheap, it may be the best option here.
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Still needs something for the keyboard and mouse though. And you'll still need to switch the inputs on the monitors, which can get annoying pretty quickly.

While a dual-monitor KVM isn't cheap, it may be the best option here.
unless his laptop dock station can transfer mouse and keyboard input too, a kvm switch is the same as a inputs on the monitor except cheaper
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A USB input switch can be had for less than $15 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tek-Republi...usb+switch. Compared to a $200 KVM, it's worth considering how often you really switch inputs.

Switching two monitors will get annoying, particularly if you have to cycle through inputs, but if you only do it a few times a day it may be worth the hassle.
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A USB input switch can be had for less than $15 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tek-Republi...usb+switch. Compared to a $200 KVM, it's worth considering how often you really switch inputs.

Switching two monitors will get annoying, particularly if you have to cycle through inputs, but if you only do it a few times a day it may be worth the hassle.
Thanks for all the input guys. Would it work if I used this along with a displaylink USB to convert the VGA to a usb for the monitors to plug into the USB input switch?

Also an issue I've been having is when I use the displaylink to connect my monitors to my computer via USB it flickers a lot. Whereas if I just used my standard VGA it doesn't


Edit* Would this work? http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-2-Po...251&sr=1-4 connect 1 monitor via VGA and one via USB and connect one end to my desktop and other end to my docking station? I've never used one of these switches before do I just press a button and it automatically switches to the input I want?
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Thanks for all the input guys. Would it work if I used this along with a displaylink USB to convert the VGA to a usb for the monitors to plug into the USB input switch?

Also an issue I've been having is when I use the displaylink to connect my monitors to my computer via USB it flickers a lot. Whereas if I just used my standard VGA it doesn't


Edit* Would this work? http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-2-Po...251&sr=1-4 connect 1 monitor via VGA and one via USB and connect one end to my desktop and other end to my docking station? I've never used one of these switches before do I just press a button and it automatically switches to the input I want?
Sorry, no, the device I linked does not handle video. You would need to plug your devices into your monitor individually and switch using the monitor controls separately.

For the USB switch, yes, you just press a button and it connects to that device. If you want more than one USB device, you need to connect a USB hub to the input.

I don't know if there's something you could do with display link, but I doubt these switches have the required bandwidth.
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