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Connecting Laptop to dual monitors and personal PC

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  1. erinrpowers

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    At work, my laptop uses a docking station and I have 2 monitors, keyboard, mouse. When I work from home, I don’t have a docking station. I just purchased two monitors though, and keyboard and mouse. Would love to know how to hook this up at home without using a docking station, and also be able to use our personal PC with this setup also. I’m completely clueless.
     
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    Oh wow, I didn’t know anything about those switches, I’ll look into that. The only reason I haven’t considered a docking station at home is because I didn’t feel like forking over the $189 for the Lenovo Thinkpad docking station. My company pays for one docking station but not one for home use. Maybe I should just suck it up and do it. But even if I do, how does the personal PC come into play on that type of setup? Would the personal PC just have to hook into the docking station as well somehow?
     
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    You may have to use a docking station to connect the laptop to 2 monitors. Connecting it to 1 would work without extra hardware and you would have the laptop's own screen and 1 monitor to work with, would that be enough ? If not post the full model details of your Lenovo laptop I'll try to find out if it can work with 2 monitors and it's own screen.

    A KVM switch like the one I linked to will work with 2 monitors and 2 computers, provided both computers have the correct connections, for the graphics the linked one needs VGA/Dsub or DVI connectors at the switch end and at the computer ends, so there could be a problem if the laptop only has one external monitor output.
     
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    So I ultimately decided to ask my company to just get me a second docking station for home use. Once that arrives, I will hook everything up the same way I have it hooked up at my desk at work. So that’s good news and should be simple enough. But as for my husband’s computer, do I still need the switch? And if so, do you still need the details of my Lenovo (and maybe his PC as well) to know whether we can hook his up easily?
     
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    If you want to use the monitor(s) with the PC as well you may be able to use a different connector cable than the docking station (DS) is using between PC and monitor and use the monitor's menu/built-in switches to change from DS to PC by selecting the appropriate input.
     
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