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Old 04-02-2017, 07:50 PM   #1
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Not sure if this is the correct place to ask, my apologies if not.

I am looking to set up a new desk for myself. I have a Dell Latitude E7470 laptop and would like to have a docking station (Dell GNPHP) that is set up through a KVM of some sort. My end goal is to have one toggle to switch between the laptop on the dock, and a desktop that is going to be swapped out regularly (I fix a wide variety of different computers for friends and family).
I will be purchasing two full HD monitors, and any advice on those is greatly appreciated as well. My desire is to have the least amount of cables and for the connections from the monitors to be DisplayPort.
I am seeking a solution that will let me switch dual monitors, possibly ethernet, a USB hub with logitech unified receiver, and audio. Ideally I would be able to use DisplayPort from the dock, and VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort from the desktop. I am trying to keep overall costs low and am not opposed to using a USB switch and wiring cables to the monitors for the dock and desktop and changing the input on the monitors. I have a few solutions in mind but am looking for ideas and if you all think my plans are a good idea.

Solution A:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JX3Q28Y...WD9ZM8JZ&psc=1

and

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014ZOJX7W...=IYCP0DIE90USB

Use the USB switch for ethernet and switch inputs on the monitors.

Solution B:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003N3BU6E...KP0ZUR5P&psc=1

This KVM would be great but does not allow me to plug in non display port computers which I will be doing. It is also pretty expensive compared to option A. If I go this route I would appreciate suggestions to solve this problem.

Solution C:

Your clever ideas!

Thank you in advance!!
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:12 AM   #2
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KVM = Keyboard, video, mouse

They are used to connect a keyboard, mouse, and video output of 2 or more computers. For example: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...9SIAD6H5EG0134

With the exception of locations which simply don't have room for multiple keyboards, mice, etc., I've always preferred to not use a KVM. The cables are usually bulky and annoying, and there is often connection glitches.

Ethernet is directly connected to each PC. Using a manual switch simply adds more cables (and I've not seen any ethernet toggle switches).

I've not seen any with USB ports for data and other devices, but they could exist. Some do have audio.

This (ie: KVM) is one of the devices where you get what you pay for. In other words, don't go the cheap route.
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