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Hello - a friend of mine asked me if it was possible to connect his computer (which is located in his bedroom) to a large plasma display screen he has in his living room. But the part that I can't figure out how to accomplish is how does he use a keyboard and a mouse when he's in the living room to control his computer while he still has a keyboard and a mouse hooked up to his PC in the bedroom. I'm sure this sounds confusing - basically he wants to control a pc with keyboard and mouse ( but they would be physically located in separate rooms. The PC is in the room right next to the room where the plasma tv is. Is there anything that can be done? Thank you very much for any help or suggestions in this matter.
Sincerely,
Stan Pasquale
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He can get a very long VGA or DVI cable to connect to his plasma, but it has to be well-made to reject interference if it is over 15 ft.  He can also do it wirelessly, but HD quality viewing this way is very expensive.  For keyboard and mouse, he can get a long range wireless set, such as Gyration's Media keyboard and remote.
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I appreciate the suggestion for a long shielded DVI cable. As far as engadget media center remote control - I can't get any info on it. I tried google and the only thing I come up with is a blog of user opinions. My friend is 92 and the simpler the solution is the better. He only has 1 mouse and 1 kb port and he wants to be able to use a mouse and kb in 2 separate rooms. Not at the same time of course. I just can't figure out how to share the ps2 mouse and ps2 keyboard ports with 2 additional devices.
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He can use a wired PS/2 keyboard and mouse where the PC is, and use a Gyration keyboard and mouse where the TV is: http://reviews.cnet.com/Gyration_Media_Center_PC_Universal_Remote_Control_and_Compact_Keyboard_Suite/4505-3134_7-32331445.html

Both will work, since the Gyration keyboard and remote use a USB receiver.
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