Disclaimer: I’m a fairly tech savvy, I believe, but have never researched/learned much about the various USB capabilities and how they’re leveraged by KVMs. I only have 2 weeks to make a decision to take advantage of a ‘WFH stipend’ from work; otherwise I’d spend many more hours in research before posting to forums.
I need some guidance on the best approach to integrate a KVM into my setup, please! I just don’t yet understand laptop USB to KVM solution options well enough, and I’m so agitated that I’m unable to use all my peripherals and monitors across machines.
I want to use all of the monitors and peripherals listed below for 2 PCs, but ALSO want to incorporate a Dell Precision laptop in the ‘PC3’ port(s). To be clear, gaming on one or both of the PCs is important to me, which is why I was drawn towards Level1Tech’s KVMs.
I want to connect all 6 USB devices to the KVM. Do I get a ‘well reviewed’ USB3.0 hub that I plug into one of the KVM’s hid ports and call it good?
Monitors & Peripherals for KVM (2 monitors, 6 USB devices)
Dell S2417DG 1440p (primary, dual monitor config)
Dell S2417DG 1440p (secondary dual monitor config)
Keyboard 1 - Aukey mechanical, usb (for gaming and general use)
Keyboard 2 - Microsoft Sculpt Ergo keyboard, 2.4ghz usb dongle (for work and intensive typing)
Mouse 1 - Logitech G5 (back up until dead primary is replaced)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen - for mic, small studio monitors, headphones or earbuds
Logitech C910 webcam
Xbox 360 PC controller
PC1 = GTX 1070 TI, Asus Sabertooth X99, i7-5820k
PC2 = GTX 660 TI, ASRock…can’t recall, i7-2600k
Laptop1 = Dell Precision 5520 (work asset, likely to be replaced by a latitude 7xxx or newer precision model soonish)
ISSUE & THOUGHTS:
How do I get my laptop into the KVM alongside 2 PCs, in a reliable manner???
I think I need to get the ‘DP1.2 Dual Monitor KVM’, but I don’t understand the best way to use the USB C (or USB A?) output from the Precision laptop. How do I control the laptop using the listed peripherals AND the dual monitors?
-I noticed another post where @Blackbird714 was using an ‘MST Hub’, but that’s only the display port connection. Right? How do I connect all the other peripherals, especially the Focusrite? Those MST hubs are also not cheap.
-I’ve seen folks, including a compatibility statement from @wendell, that reference ‘piggy backing’ KVMs. For example, have a USB-C KVM for the laptop and just run the display port outs to the KVM input. But again, how are the peripherals connected and switchable to both my PCs AND laptop?
-I’d consider just getting a USB-C KVM, sacrificing one of my 1440p monitors to it, but then I can’t easily swap around my Focusrite and webcam. So, that’s a no-go i think. I believe I need everything to feed into the same KVM.
-I just remembered I do have a Dell Thunderbolt TB16 at work my boss told me I could grab and use at home, since we’re not going back to the office until at least January 1st. Maybe that helps me somehow until then, but then I have the same problem again when I must take the dock back to my desk.
All in all, I’m hoping there’s an obvious solution I’m just not seeing?! Thanks in advance for your help!