Using a work laptop with my home PC

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
June 2, 2010 at 06:00:09
Specs: Windows 7, 3.00 Ghz/8 Gig
Ok so here is the issue, I have a work laptop that I must use due to my companies security posture and the VPN settings even when I am at home. its running XP SP2, What I am looking for is a way to basically "Dock" it to my PC so that I can take advantage of my dual screen monitors at home. All of the docking solutions I have run across would require me to unplug and replug them into the dock everytime I wanted to do anything which will increase wear and tear (additionally it would force me to do the same with the keyboard and moush). I was hoping that someone might know of either a hardware solution that would allow me to dock straight into my PC or a software docking "Gateway" for lack of a better word. Thoughts?

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#1
June 2, 2010 at 06:08:09
try logmein, you can get a free version from logmein.com, i think this will probably do what i think you want to do. you can log into your laptop from your desktop or visa versa and use the machine as if you were actually on it..not sure if thats really what you want but you could look into it ;-)

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#2
June 2, 2010 at 09:53:48
I would suggest that your company may not want you to do that. Why not just buy a second display? If a work laptop the screen probably isn't all that big anyway.

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#3
June 2, 2010 at 12:56:04
If all you want is a second monitor I agree with above and just buy a second monitor and maybe a video card or usb video card to attach it to your home computer.


You can't exactly use a laptop like a second monitor, there are ways it could sort of work but we are back to installing apps that your company may not like. Save your job and spend some cash.

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#4
June 2, 2010 at 15:10:18
I'm sorry I guess I should have been more clear. So i already
have dual monitors on my home PC, My work does not give
us a PC because we spend 70% of our time traveling,
however when I am home it would be very beneficial to have
dual screens to work with (lots of cross referencing data from
web sites, excel files, documents, etc that require multiple
documents open at the same time). I was hoping there was
a solution that would allow me to "tether" or link my laptop to
my current PC to take advantage of the monitors without
having to first buy a Express card for dual monitor out and
then buy two more monitors or have to keep unplugging and
replugging in my home PC monitors. Does that make sense?
It seems like this should not be that complicated of a solution
to have a piece of software that emulates a dock but I sure
cant find it out there. If one of you guys develops one after
reading this just shoot me one would ya?

Also my employer is fine with me installing any software i wish on my laptop with the obvious exception of torrent software or any software with a malicious intent/use.

I really appreciate all of your insight, and while I do appreciate the fact that I may just have to buy a dock and 2 more monitors I just dont like the idea of my office looking like some cracked out day trader works there (no offense to any day traders with substance abuse issues of course, I am sure you are quite nice and will get things on track again soon).

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#5
June 2, 2010 at 17:03:10
You could get an A-B switch to use one monitor with two computers.

Or get a docking station and a KVM switching setup.


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#6
June 2, 2010 at 23:59:29
why not just sync your laptop and desktop, so that you have all files on both machines as you work one it will update the other, linked by wifi or cable..

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but cant help myself....


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#7
June 3, 2010 at 03:37:28
princecorum

Ad's employer wouldn't be too happy about that idea, I would think.


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#8
June 3, 2010 at 04:39:01
Well I do have File Sync, but there are some functions that I
cannot do on another computer due to having to use certain
applications that I cannot install on another device, and much
of the time I need to be signed in through the VPN, which for
us involves using a specific app. It looks like the KVM is
exactly what I have been looking for I just did not know the
appropriate terminology. Thank you guys so much for your
help I greatly appreciate it!!

AD


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#9
June 3, 2010 at 12:49:34
You can use remote desktop.

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