Any ideas how I can use 3 monitors with 2 different PCs?

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
October 28, 2020 at 17:52:58
Specs: Windows 10, i7 9700K
So, I currently work from home. I just built a new PC that, at the moment, I'm using for both work and personal stuff. So, I'm not using a KVM at all. But, Security isn't thrilled I'm using my personal PC on the domain and I wouldn't doubt someday they'll block me. Also, there are some weird quirks using my personal pc that if I used my work pc I wouldn't have. But, the PC I built the video card supports 3 monitors. I already bought a KVM previously I was using when I used my work PC. It has dual monitor support. For a while, I had my setup where I was using that KVM with 4 monitors. But, the way I was doing that was I ran two of the monitors off of USB video cards. I hooked up the one USB port on the KVM to a hub and plugged in both monitors into that. It worked, but the monitors that ran off of USB were super laggy and I constantly had weird video quirks. So, I got rid of two of the monitors and went dual monitor until I built my new PC. I'm really liking having 3 monitors for work. It works extremely well with the work I do. But, I need to figure out a way to switch between two different PCs with 3 monitors without using a USB adapter.

I searched Amazon. For the KVM I have now, it's less than $100. For a KVM that can support 3 monitors, I'm probably looking at $350 or more. I was thinking maybe a software KVM. But, I think that's pretty much VNC or Team Viewer. And multiple monitor support with something like that isn't good. And video is usually not the most responsive on the remote PC. I've had pretty good luck with Team Viewer with the responsiveness. Not very satisfied with VNC. But even TeamViewer with multiple monitors is annoying.

So, I'm just wondering if anyone had any creative ideas.


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#1
October 28, 2020 at 21:59:31
Your company seem to take security lightly. I'm not able (and not allowed) to connect with my personal desktop to the company domain. However I can access most tools over the internet as the company is using MS Azure; email, O365, etc. Only the sensitive material need access via VPN and only on a certified win10 OS either on the company laptop or VM with certified win10 OS.

To do away with the laptop I created/registered a VM (with company certified OS) on the laptop and copied it to the personal desktop.
Now I can access all company resources from ONE PC with two 24inch monitors.

(the VM on a personal PC is also against company policies....)


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#2
October 29, 2020 at 05:55:21
I thought about that too.... but my admin account isn't a domain admin account, so I won't have the rights to join the vm to the domain. I dont even want to ask security... they'd laugh at me if I asked that.

One thing that might work... now that I think about it is if I P2V my work laptop. Then the vm would already be on the domain. I wonder how well multiple monitors work a vm... I have a vmware workstation license. I play around with vms but never really tried to get multiple "monitors" to work with it.


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#3
October 29, 2020 at 16:17:16
So, I was chatting with someone from Security and I told him I was thinking about P2Ving my laptop. He said he doesn't think it will work. The hardware will change when it's virtual which will break a lot of stuff like Windows activation and being joined to the domain, etc.

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#4
October 29, 2020 at 16:18:49
As of now, I hooked my KVM back up that supports two monitors. I bought a new USB to HDMI. I have the one USB port on the KVM plugged into a USB 3.0 hub and then from there to the USB to HDMI. It seems to be working OK. It's not great performance, but it seems like better than previous display USB card.

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