How to Convert PC into KVM / LAPTOP INTO KVM

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I own a pc shop. i have a lot of old laptops and desktops sitting around... i would like to do accomplish the following...

remote control the pc that has come in for repair, over the network.... is there a way to do this without buying a full ip kvm switch? i would like to do this if its possible... i already have a kvm without lan ... if i could use any combination of old desktops/server/laptops to remote control the pc from bios sequence... then my life would be easier as i cannot be at the shop due to illness....

thanks in advance....

looking for ideas... obviously we know this but ill just say it .. im not looking for software such as logmein rdp... this only functions from an OS... thanks... in addition im willing to pay something for this solution
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I think your best shot is an IP KVM that has that capability. I don't believe there is any way to do that otherwise.

Doing this by your self is really a hard job, you need to design/Build a PCB board to do your job, and I am sure this thing is very costly and time consuming, so use the IP/KVM to solve this!


yeah i really didn't want to buy one for $400.00 or used for $100.00... and not know if it works ya know?

first I should give you detailed information on IP KVM Switch
KVM over IP (iKVM)
KVM over IP devices use a dedicated microcontroller and potentially specialized video capture hardware to capture the video, keyboard, and mouse signals, compress and convert them into packets, and send them over an Ethernet link to a remote console application that unpacks and reconstitutes the dynamic graphical image. This KVM over IP subsystem is typically connected to a system's standby power plane so that it's available during the entire BIOS boot process. These devices allow multiple computers to be controlled remotely across a wide area network, local area network or telephone-line using the TCP/IP protocols. There are performance issues related with LAN/WAN hardware, standard protocols and network latency so user management is commonly referred to as "near real time". And, remote KVM over IP devices offer much smaller matrix frameworks.

if this is the case then I may suggest you some switches, if not, then please explain your case further

but from my experience, maintaining more than one computer is easily done with ordinary KVM switch, the need for IP KVM switch is for remote computers (in other words IP KVM Switch is like Hardware VNC) so I think you just need an ordinary KVM switch!

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