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Question Setting up two PCs with the same inputs.

Matthew1974

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Apr 28, 2013
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I'd be most grateful if you could help with a potential set up issue, relating to two PCs using the same inputs.

My wife has a Lenovo laptop and a Surface Pro 6. The laptop has a USB C connection, so it's easy to run a single monitor, mouse, keyboard and power, through that alone.

She also has the need of a USB webcam and headset.

I'm trying to find a technical solution that allows all these peripherals to be shared with her Surface Pro. Straight away I appear to have become unstuck, because this does not use a USB C but a mini display port. She was fine with unplugging the USB C between both machines, but that doesn't work.

Instead, I have the laptop with the USB C plugged in to the monitor, the mini display port also plugged in and getting her to manually switch between connections. To support all the other inputs, I'm using a USB hub. So the mouse, keyboard, webcam, and headset plug in to single USB. She has to unplug / plug the USB and then switch the feed of the input, dependant on which machine she needs to use.

Is there a cleaner way to set this up?

Just to add to the confusion, I was looking at whether I could set up a dual monitor setup for her. Again, possible on the USB C scenario but not for the Surface Pro. I'm guessing also that I'll need to buy a newer monitor to support that. The secondary one has an HDMI input, but I think a USB C to HDMI won't provide that added functionality that USB C to USB C does.

I've tried to add a PDF example file but, alas, I'm unable to.
 

Matthew1974

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It's a good thought. Thank you. Last PC forum I was on was from PC Format magazine, which has been defunct for a number of years.

Nonetheless, if anyone has any thoughts they'd be warmly welcomed.
 

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