Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


Connecting 3 Monitors

Posted on 2011-05-06
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I would like link both my new computer and old computer and three monitors together with KVM switch or switches (yet to purchase, do you have any thoughts on the best product?). I found a Product that will work - 2 Port Quad Monitor Dual-Link DVI USB KVM Switch, but the cost is expensive £460.00. Is there a cheaper method of connectong 3 monitors to 2 Computers?

Question by:BhanaD2
LVL 88

Expert Comment

ID: 35706746
Probably most such switches are at similar price levels. Don't your monitors have dual inputs (many have both a DVI and VGA input, newer ones probably even have more options). Then you wouldn't need a KVM switch (or maybe only a simple one for a single monitor).
LVL 84

Expert Comment

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 35711758
Unless you have a lot of money to throw around this is very expensive. Personally I'd set up the 3 monitors on 1 machine using 2 video cards or a dual video card and a display port adapter then use remote desktop to the other machine. Not what you wanted exactly but even if you built it by yourself there are a looking at about 180 connections or more (15 *3 * 3 just for vga not counting dvi plus mouse and keyboard) using a non-shorting switch .. or use rindi's comment and using each monitors controls select what input (dvi/vga)
LVL 17

Accepted Solution

Sikhumbuzo Ntsada earned 500 total points
ID: 35715253
You are on the right track with the KVM switch, just look for a pre-owned one it should be very reasonnable to buy, or any brand for that matter.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35745278

Featured Post

Upgrade your Question Security!

Add Premium security features to your question to ensure its privacy or anonymity. Learn more about your ability to control Question Security today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Have you ever had a hard drive that you can't boot into, but need to change the registry? Here is the solution! This article guides you through accessing and editing a registry of a non-primary drive. To read registry information on a non-prim…
Many admins will agree: WSUS is is a nice invention but using it on the client side when updating a newly installed computer is still time consuming as you have to do several reboots and furthermore, the procedure of installing updates, rebooting an…
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

810 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question