Help me build a Mac mini / PC docking station system

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RBilRamZ, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. RBilRamZ macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2003
    So I am looking to build myself a home computer station and need all the Macrumors expert help I can get. Basically I need my home system to serve two purposes; a basic family computer running OSX, and a home workstation for my work laptop (PC). I am hoping this is fairly easy, but I could use some guidance.

    Too start I will set up my home computer using a mac mini and the monitor of my choice. Then I want to be able to dock my work laptop and have it connect it to everything else. Ideally I'd put the laptop in the dock and my home monitor, keyboard and mouse would all work on the laptop. Is there a way to do this? Essentially run everything through the docking station, and then give one input priority over the other? In my mind, I'd attach my mac mini to my docking station, and then all the peripherals to that. Then would I put my laptop in the dock, everything would work for the laptop. Remove the laptop and everything works with the mac mini again.

    Can this be done? If so, how?

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. rbrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    Sounds like you need a KVM switch:

    I don't have any experience with one, so I can't help any more, but hopefully that will give you a starting point.
  3. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    I don't know that such a docking station would exist. You're really talking about a KVM switch to allow the keyboard, mouse and monitor to be shared.

    Have you considered just using Microsoft RDC to remote into the Windows laptop from the mini? That would be the easiest solution, but limit you to only one monitor. You'd just simply have to be on the network and that would be it. I do this at home everyday and find it to work quite well.
  4. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  5. RBilRamZ thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2003
    This is how my wife works from home, but I'll be running AutoCAD so I really need to have two screens, and the files are too large to work with via RDC.
  6. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    I used to do that and went the ghetto route after trying KVM switches that didn't really work well.

    I used a monitor that had 2 inputs: one went to my PC and the other went to a cable that was always just laying where I put my laptop.

    My keyboard and mouse went to a USB hub that was easily accessible. I had one USB cable from the hub to the PC and another cable from the hub to where I put my laptop.

    When I wanted to 'switch' from my PC to laptop, I'd just plugin the monitor cable, press a button on the monitor to switch inputs and switch USB hub cables. Takes like 5 seconds.
  7. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
  8. dapitts08 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2009
    how about share mouse?

    it allows me to use a single keyboard and track pad for my mac mini and my macbook pro
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    but the OP wants to share between mac and PC
  10. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    The website says that it works with Win7.
  11. kdog79 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2008
    Use these at work connecting the key board via multiple bluetooth :)

    The mouse by plugging in the receiver in to the shared mouse usb slot at the back

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