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Looking for a way to use one computer but have access to it at other parts of the house, long distance kvm?

mikeyz 1,530 666 May 20, 2016 at 07:43 AM
Has anyone done this?

I am building a new home, but dont want to have the main computer near the monitors/keyboard/mouse. I want to put the computer away say in a closet so the desk area is really clean.

I would like the same computer to be able to be accessed at 2 different parts of the home.

Any suggestions?

I have a bunch of Ethernet and also fiber cables i can run.

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Has anyone done this?

I am building a new home, but dont want to have the main computer near the monitors/keyboard/mouse. I want to put the computer away say in a closet so the desk area is really clean.

I would like the same computer to be able to be accessed at 2 different parts of the home.

Any suggestions?

I have a bunch of Ethernet and also fiber cables i can run.
There are ways to accomplish this like usb over cat5, dvi over cat5, etc. The problem is that there are bandwidth constraints. I've done usb over cat5 dozens of times. Keyboard and mouse should be okay.

http://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-4-Po...r+ethernet

So even if it is possible, you will give up at least speed if not more. I'm not sure what kind of graphics and computer utilization you do, but I would assume there would be an issue with gaming and high resolution over such a setup.

There is DVI over ethernet and HDMI over ethernet.

Running over ethernet is probably your only option as the other cabling likely has very low length limits.

You could easily order the items necessary and do a dry run over a couple hundred feet of cable and see what your performance is like. Shouldn't cost too much to test.
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I don't think your performance will be great depending on what your doing. What do you do with your computer?

Can you post a picture of your desk/office setup?

I would instead either build a cabinet into a place near where you want the computer or explore some type of small form factor machine instead that you put behind the computer etc. I think a remote computer would be a general pain. Want to plug in a hard drive or flash drive, (Walk to the basement to computer), need to do a manual restart, walk to the basement, etc I get the appeal of a clean install, but I just think there are better ways to do it and have performance and convince of the computer in the same room. If your building it's the perfect time.
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I don't think your performance will be great depending on what your doing. What do you do with your computer?

Can you post a picture of your desk/office setup?

I would instead either build a cabinet into a place near where you want the computer or explore some type of small form factor machine instead that you put behind the computer etc. I think a remote computer would be a general pain. Want to plug in a hard drive or flash drive, (Walk to the basement to computer), need to do a manual restart, walk to the basement, etc I get the appeal of a clean install, but I just think there are better ways to do it and have performance and convince of the computer in the same room. If your building it's the perfect time.

Computer is pretty much to pay bills and look up stuff online, occasional uploads of pictures. No heavy graphics besides maybe netflix or youtube.

USB over ethernet would cover the flash drives and mouse keyboard. I havent looked into dvi over ethernet. But i guess thats pretty much all that would be needed and a power outlet.

didnt want 2 separate computers as i dont want to be moving files back and forth.
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Computer is pretty much to pay bills and look up stuff online, occasional uploads of pictures. No heavy graphics besides maybe netflix or youtube.

USB over ethernet would cover the flash drives and mouse keyboard. I havent looked into dvi over ethernet. But i guess thats pretty much all that would be needed and a power outlet.

didnt want 2 separate computers as i dont want to be moving files back and forth.
For a low power situation like that just get an Intel NUC, mac mini, or something like that and stick it behind the monitor. If that's all your doing sell the current PC.
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For a low power situation like that just get an Intel NUC, mac mini, or something like that and stick it behind the monitor. If that's all your doing sell the current PC.
doesnt solve keeping the same content on both computers, or is there a way to keep 2 computers exactly sync'd
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doesnt solve keeping the same content on both computers, or is there a way to keep 2 computers exactly sync'd
See, you left some VERY important details out of your first post. The fact that you have TWO computers. EEK! No KVM stuff required at all. Plus the fact that you want to sync file between the two computers.

If you just want to access your "main" computer from other computers, the solution is simple. You can enable Remote Access (if the OS on the main computer is NOT a Home edition (damn you Microsoft!)), or you can install VNC on the main computer or you can install TeamViewer on the main computer. All are free. TeamViewer would give you the ability to log in to the main computer from anywhere in the world, as long as you have internet access.

Look into BitTorrent Sync for keeping folders in sync. Just remember that when you sync folders that it doesn't protect you from yourself. If you delete a file accidentally, the sync software will delete the copy on the other PC. Be sure you have a real backup solution for things like that.
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See, you left some VERY important details out of your first post. The fact that you have TWO computers. EEK! No KVM stuff required at all. Plus the fact that you want to sync file between the two computers.

If you just want to access your "main" computer from other computers, the solution is simple. You can enable Remote Access (if the OS on the main computer is NOT a Home edition (damn you Microsoft!)), or you can install VNC on the main computer or you can install TeamViewer on the main computer. All are free. TeamViewer would give you the ability to log in to the main computer from anywhere in the world, as long as you have internet access.

Look into BitTorrent Sync for keeping folders in sync. Just remember that when you sync folders that it doesn't protect you from yourself. If you delete a file accidentally, the sync software will delete the copy on the other PC. Be sure you have a real backup solution for things like that.

Sorry if my post are confusing. I dont want to use 2 computers, only one.
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looks like this is what i will need. A console extender over Cat5. Would just need dual outs from the video card.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120m-1080...TVyMN9mhSw
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looks like this is what i will need. A console extender over Cat5. Would just need dual outs from the video card.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120m-1080...TVyMN9mhSw
For this cost you can get a Intel NUC
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looks like this is what i will need. A console extender over Cat5. Would just need dual outs from the video card.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/120m-1080...TVyMN9mhSw
Don't do that.

Get a chromebook for between $149 and $300, browse the web when that's all you need to do and use chrome remote desktop to remote into the other machine when needed.

If you really want to be more like a KVM, run about 6 Cat-6 cables between the 2 points and you may have some options. Overall distance will matter quite a bit too. Long HDMI cables are expensive and difficult to install, depending on length they may be viable.
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You can use remote desktop, to access one pc from the other using a NUC
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