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2 Laptop, 1 Monitor Setup

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  1. crawdad

    crawdad Thread Starter

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    Hello all. I have two windows laptops, which I would like to hook up to one large screen monitor and be able to switch between the two easily. Also, ideally, Id like to be able to have the laptops closed while I do so.

    1) Is this possible?
    2) If so, any recommendations for the hardware to best accomplish this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Yes, this is possible. :)

    You will need what's called a KVM. Depending on your specifics needs, some of these may offer what you need.

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    Once you have them setup, in order to allow the lids to shut you will need to change the power settings on both computers.

    Change Power Settings

    Press and hold the Windows button + R.

    In the Run box, type Control Panel and hit Enter.

    In Control Panel, click Power Options.

    Here you can configure things such as "change when the computer sleeps", and "choose what closing the lid does".
     
  3. crawdad

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    Nice, thanks!

    So essentially, you plug the monitor into the KVM as you would normally would, and then the two laptops connect via USB?

    Then using the KVM buttons you can switch between the two laptops and what displays on the monitor.
     
  4. crawdad

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    I guess a key point I left out would be, is it possible to use a wireless keyboard and mouse, and control both laptops? Or switch between the two like with the monitor?
     
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    The KVM in KVM Switch stands for Keyboard, Video, Mouse.
     
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    Exactly. (y)

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    Yes, you will just plug one mouse and one keyboard into the KVM and will be able to control both computers as you switch from computer to computer.
     
  7. crawdad

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    Nice! Thanks, purchased the parts and will give it a shot. Thanks.
     
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    Let us know how it works out. (y)
     
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    So, everythings setup and working great. thanks!

    Only thing I havent gotten working is, how to wake up the closed laptops from sleep with the external mouse or keyboard. Any ideas?
     
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    When you move the mouse/press button on the keyboard, is the KVM switched to the computer you want to wake up?

    Also, do you want the computer to sleep at all? That can be changed as well.
     
  11. crawdad

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    Yes, the monitor is switched to the one I want to wake up. Although I switched back and forth and tried just to be sure.

    I have the computers set to sleep only if I manually do so, but ideally I would have the option to do that, and then wake them up without having to open them up. I like to sleep them over the weekend, at night, etc. Thanks!
     
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    It's possible because of how the KVM is built, that this ability is disabled/simply can't happen.

    I have nothing to support this, but that's my current idea.
     
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    Do they wake up if the mouse/keyboard are directly connected to them?

    I've seen many laptops that will not wake up with a wireless mouse/keyboard.
     
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