Solution for multiple laptops hooked up to a monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by realhiphop, May 6, 2017.

  1. realhiphop macrumors member

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    I just got the Dell U 2515H monitor. I'm planning on hooking up the following to it:

    1. Macbook (early 2015)
    2. Dell laptop
    3. USB Mouse
    4. Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

    The Dell has Displayport, so that will likely be my means of connecting the graphics.

    My wife and each have a MacBook, and I have the Dell for work.

    Any suggestions on the best way to go about having the Mouse, and keyboard connected to the computers? Is there an easy way to switch between computers without manually having to re-pair the bluetooth mouse each time?

    The mouse has a USB receiver currently connected to the USB in the Monitor.

    Would a dock be the easiest solution for this?
     
  2. Bozley0621, May 26, 2017
    Last edited: May 26, 2017

    Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

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    I am awaiting the arrival of the StarTech Dual Monitor KVM Docking Station - 4K - USB 3.0 - File Transfer Compatibility - Universal Laptop Docking Station.

    For now, my set-up will be a
    • Dell Ultrabook (work issued laptop) that will continue to be docked to it's current station, which will be connected to the StarTech.
    • 2012 MacBook Air
    • Logitech keyboard/mouse via USB
    • LG Ultrawide 2560 x 1080
    • Dell P2417H (work issued monitor)
    • WD 3TB My Passport external drive - USB 3.0
    I will continue using the Dell in it's current dock for an easy way to charge it, since the StarTech doesn't charge computers. (Otherwise, it's a hassle to put the power cord where it needs to be if I have to remove it to travel with the laptop.) I use both monitors for my work computer and will connect just one to the MBA. I was on the hunt for a docking station for my MBA that will also work with a new MacBook and nicer monitor (replacement for the Dell) when I upgrade later this year. I was also on a separate search for a KVM switch. I blindly happened upon this KVM dock during my searches.

    The reviews on Amazon indicate it will either work great or not at all. I'm hopeful that 1) IT at work won't deny the request to install the drivers (I don't have admin rights to do so) on the Dell, and that 2) the intended set-up will work.
     

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