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3 Monitors, 1 PC, 1 Mac. How can I do this?

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May 18, 2014 9:28:47 PM

Here is my goal.

I use a Mac for work. PC for play. I want to make a 3rd monitor an external for both my Mac & my PC.

When I am at work, I want the third monitor to be a 2nd display for my Mac.
When I am off work, I want the third monitor to be a 2nd display for my PC.

How can I get this setup to work? I have yet to purchase the 3rd monitor, but I will need to find one that has dual DVI/HDMI for PC/Mac.

I've seen some videos on KVM switches, but I want each computer to have independent KB/M. Also, I have yet to see someone set up a KVM for 2nd displays/external monitors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

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May 18, 2014 10:14:34 PM

If I understand correctly, I think you may have answered it yourself, just make sure you get a monitor with dual DVI/HDMI.

Then for example, when you're using your Mac set the input to HDMI1, when you're using your PC set it to HDMI2.

No need for a KVM, unless you want to share peripherals.

Hope that helps.
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May 18, 2014 10:31:53 PM

Why do you need a 3rd monitor when it sounds like you already have 2?

Most monitors have more than 1 input type.

You just have to switch the input on the monitor when you switch computers, should be a button on the monitor near the powerbutton anyways.
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May 18, 2014 10:48:45 PM

Necr0v said:
If I understand correctly, I think you may have answered it yourself, just make sure you get a monitor with dual DVI/HDMI.

Then for example, when you're using your Mac set the input to HDMI1, when you're using your PC set it to HDMI2.

No need for a KVM, unless you want to share peripherals.

Hope that helps.


Can't believe I missed the whole different input thing.

Would a switch like this also accomplish the same thing except streamline the input switching? Since remote > wonky menus.
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May 19, 2014 5:20:09 PM

You could use a switch like that if you want a remote. I know with my monitors (BX2450's) that it is one simple capacitive button on the button that will change the input to the next source (and auto scan until it finds an input), so that's probably easier to breeze a finger over than hunting around to find a remote...

It's up to you!
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May 20, 2014 7:09:43 PM

So you have a keyboard, mouse, and monitor for your PC and a separate keyboard, mouse, and monitor, for your Mac?

And you want a 3rd monitor?

Are you intending to have 3 monitors on for each system, or just the 3rd monitor as a 2nd monitor for whatever system you are using?

If the latter, just get a monitor with sufficient ports and connect it to each machine, and change the source.

If the former, let me know...I have a semi-nuts setup that might be applicable.
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