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1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:33 pm

I tried to find an answer for my set up:
1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse.
So looks like I need something like
StarTech.com DVI KVM Switch with Audio & USB 2.0 Hub – 2-Port USB KVM Switch - 1920 x 1200 - Dual Monitor KVM Switch (SV231DD2DUA)
Anybody has any other suggestion and or KVM switches that they used?
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:34 pm

You can always just plug one monitor into each and then use software. Something like Synergy or MS Mouse Without Borders
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:58 pm

Yes, I installed Mouse w/o borders. It is nice to have but not what I am looking for. I have one workstation that I run CAD on and need 2 displays and other PC that I run some programs that need 2 displays as well. So I rather use some KVM set up. And that what I am looking an advice on.
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:17 pm

Due to there not being a lot of good information about which KVMs work well for gaming peripherals and high resolution and/or refresh rate displays, I threw down with the famous Level 1 Techs KVM which does come in a dual-monitor version for about $700 including all of the cables. Works great, but hardly a budget-conscious option and your mighty arsenal of PC-driven blinkenlights may require playing around with HID and regular ports to support all the features.

I haven't used the KVM you're considering, but I have used a lot of other StarTech products and been very satisfied overall. Their stuff tends to work the way it's supposed to.
 
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:25 pm

I have no personal experience with that Startech KVM, but it looks reasonable. Another option (which would save you a few bucks but be slightly less convenient) would be to get a single-display KVM and use the input switching built in to the second monitor.

FWIW the last couple of KVMs I've bought have been from IOGear, and I've been satisfied with them. My current KVM is an IOGear model that can handle up to 4 PCs, but it is single-display only.
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:42 pm

Here is what I found: it is: IOGEAR 2-Port 4K Dual View DisplayPort KVMP Switch with USB 3.0 Hub and Audio $362.08 @ B&H
It is DP and it is reasonable.
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:38 pm

I have the same setup and ended up just using a 2 port usb switch for the keyboard and mouse and input switching on the two monitors.
 
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:24 pm

Using an IOGear GCS1102 here. It's an older model supporting just one DVI monitor. Couple quirks but reliable overall.
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:29 pm

If you were in the market for a new monitor, some support multiple USB “masters” that you can bind to an input which would allow you to effectively use the monitor as a KVM.
 
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:57 pm

Yeah, the monitors which I have can do that. It's pretty nifty, and a nice way to avoid the tangled mess of cables that separate KVMs require.
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Re: 1 desktop, 1 laptop and 2 monitors one keyboard and one mouse

Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:09 pm

To swap keyboards, mouse, headphones DAC and Microphone from Laptop to Desktop and vice versa, I have an iogear USB switch (https://www.iogear.com/product/GUS432/ - it's not that expensive any more). As for the monitors, I have my desktop connected directly to them, and for the laptop you could have a USB-C DisplayLink dock. You could connect the USB Switch to the DisplayLink dock to have a "one cable" solution.

It's not a one button switch solution, but it's a very reliable one imho.

Just a caveat, for the usb switch to work with more devices, you will need an actively powered USB hub connected to the switch, as it will not provide enough power.

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