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Discussion in 'KVM' started by Derek, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Derek

    Derek Guest


    I went through most of your products, but I seem to be looking for something you apparently don't have and I just wanted to confirm. I have 1 keyboard and mouse and 2 monitors connected to 1 computer via 2 HDMIs. But sometimes I work from home and they've provided a dock for the laptop. So I still want to use dual monitors with 1 keyboard and mouse. So do you have a KVM switch that will accommodate the 1 computer that has 2 HDMI outs and the other dock which has 1 DVI out and 1 VGA out?

    1 computer with 2 HDMI out
    1 computer with 1 DVI out and 1 VGA out
    To connect to 2 monitors, 1 keyboard and 1 mouse


  2. KVMGalore Expert

    KVMGalore Expert Staff Member

    Hello Derek,

    Thank you for reaching out on our HelpCenter.

    It sounds like you need a dual-video head, dual-monitor KVM switch.

    DVI and HDMI video are 100% compatible so you may want to use a DVI dual-monitor KVM switch (since they are more readily available in the marketplace. For the same reason you may want took at 4-port switches, not only 2-port ones). It is easy to make a connecting between a DVI port and an HDMI port by using DVI-HDMI cables.

    The problem with your 2nd computer is that that it has 1x DVI (digital) and 1x VGA (analog), which are incompatible with one another. Since both your first computer and your two monitors are all digital (HDMI), you will need to create a new digital video port for your 2nd computer so that all your video is digital across the board. This is relatively easy to accomplish by using a USB video adapter (either a DVI one or an HDMI one, depending on what type KVM switch you will end up choosing).
    Note: When selecting your USB video adapter, makes sure to select one with a connector type and USB version which are compatible with the USB connector and version that your computer supports.

    Hope this helps!
    We welcome your questions - please come back and ask us anything, anytime, or just offer your feedback.

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