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Do I need a reverse KVM or is there another option?

By sleepingbear.ca ·
Looking for recommendations on how to make this setup work. Currently I have two desktop system (a browsing/email computer and a gaming rig), and my work laptop.

I have two sets of KVM, one monitor is a standard 19", the other is a WS 23".

What I would like to be able to do is have the laptop use either setup-
The gaming rig has a better ergo configuration, so I like to use that when I am working from home.
The browsing/email machine is more suited for short time use, so I use this for quick work tasks afterhours, or if I am gaming.

See the diagram image.


Currently I manually swap the cables on the laptops docking port. Would like to find/build a hardware solution. From searching online it seems a reverse KVM would do the trick, but all the ones I am finding lack the ports I need (USB+DVI) or are very expensive.

Is there another solution I am overlooking?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Does your laptop have a docking station?

by robo_dev In reply to Do I need a reverse KVM o ...

Just buy two docking stations, one for each monitor/keyboard/mouse setup.

Also, don't forget that most monitors have multiple video inputs, so your gaming rig can connect via digital and the laptop via analog.

KVMs can be tricky, as sometimes they don't work exactly as advertised for all hardware.

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Have you considered...

by SmartAceW0LF In reply to Do I need a reverse KVM o ...

Remote Desktop on one or the other of the three machines? It works beautifully from within the same LAN.
Though it doesn't have DVI ports I have used this particular KVM switch for several trouble free years now. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817399001&cm_re=iogear_kvm-_-17-399-001-_-Product
Also, there is an interesting program called synergy located here... http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
Hope you find something that works for you.

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Second docking station

by sleepingbear.ca In reply to Do I need a reverse KVM o ...

A second docking station may be a a good fallback. Have to figure out where my desk to put it first though =)
I tried RDP last night. Unfortunately, my company's RDP manager will not allow split tunneling, so that is not an option. I have another idea, Going to try just plugging everything in to the docking port, using an adapter for the to plug the second monitor into the VGA port and see how that works.

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