Share your HOME WORKING workstation environment - pics

Share your HOME WORKING workstation environment - pics

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paulrockliffe

12,491 posts

194 months

Monday 7th June
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My latest addition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08V4ZB5MV/ref...

Now I can have the Cricket on my personal PC while I'm on calls and just turn the sound off if I get asked any questions.

I use a KVM switch to swap the Mouse and Keyboard so lose control of my PC when I'm working, it was getting annoying having to KVM back to tweak the volume or to mute quickly.

It's well made and does what it's supposed to do well enough.

Doofus

16,173 posts

140 months

Monday 7th June
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paulrockliffe said:
I use a KVM switch to swap the Mouse and Keyboard so lose control of my PC when I'm working, it was getting annoying having to KVM back to tweak the volume or to mute quickly.
Somebody on here recommended Mouse Without Borders to me, and whilst it can be a bit flaky now and then, it's pretty good.

dxg

6,235 posts

227 months

Monday 7th June
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Doofus said:
paulrockliffe said:
I use a KVM switch to swap the Mouse and Keyboard so lose control of my PC when I'm working, it was getting annoying having to KVM back to tweak the volume or to mute quickly.
Somebody on here recommended Mouse Without Borders to me, and whilst it can be a bit flaky now and then, it's pretty good.
I use Barrier, which is great! Utterly reliable and cross-platform (I use a Mac and a PC side by side).

ollyprice87

262 posts

127 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I use a little USB switch to swap mouse and keyboard from my work laptop and my personal PC. I can switch inputs easily enough on my monitor so didn't need a full blown KVM

HM-2

6,534 posts

136 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I had months of tribulation trying to get a proper EDID 4K60 KVM for my setup at a sensible (IE under £400) price.

After three months of waiting for a Tripp unit and one supplier repeatedly outright lying to me about availability then sending me a product that I'd already told them wasn't suitable whilst pretending it was the one I'd ordered, I gave up.

JakeT

4,213 posts

87 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I bought a Logitech G603 and G613 mouse and keyboard. They do both Bluetooth and USB receiver so I can switch between my work and personal machines with a button push. My displays switch automatically and I switch my receiver between inputs when I am done with work for the day.

Jimmy No Hands

4,065 posts

123 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Very boring, really. Temporary while we await completion of our flat.

Built in January as I'm doing a Game Design degree so plenty of fairly hefty work in Unreal Engine, Maya, Photoshop, Substance Painter etc. Chair I "borrowed" from an old job, transpires it's a branded "HAG" ergo office chair and they weren't particularly cheap. Minging colour, though.

i5 10400
32Gb @ 2666Mhz
3060ti
2x HP P224 21.5inch monitors which I got free, will likely upgrade to 4k at some stage.

Does a job!

paulrockliffe

12,491 posts

194 months

Tuesday 8th June
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Doofus said:
Somebody on here recommended Mouse Without Borders to me, and whilst it can be a bit flaky now and then, it's pretty good.
Yes, problem is I can't install software on my work device, so I'm all manual.

I have three KVMs, one that does USB only and two that do monitors, covering 4 monitors. That means I can swap my two best montors to work in the monrning, and use my personal computer on the other two to watch vidoes, listen to music, deal with emails etc while I'm at work. Then KVM the monitrs back when I'm done.

Having a separate KVM for the keyboard and mouse means I can swap over without triggering that mental Windows thing of throwing your windows all over the place every time. Then I have a mix of USB setups, switched, always Work and Always PC, so I can flick over to personal PC while I'm on a call without dropping my headset off the work call and now so I can do volume when I'm on the work PC.

Yes there are a lot of wires, but they're mostly invisible.

Interestingly I read last week that the next Windows update is going to fix the throwing windows around issue, which would be fking brilliant.

egomeister

5,726 posts

230 months

Tuesday 8th June
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The Logitech multi device keyboard/mouse is a neat solution when using multiple machines. I've not tried he file sharing element of it though

https://www.logitech.com/en-gb/product/options/pag...

offspring86

606 posts

139 months

Wednesday 9th June
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ollyprice87 said:
I use a little USB switch to swap mouse and keyboard from my work laptop and my personal PC. I can switch inputs easily enough on my monitor so didn't need a full blown KVM
Ditto. I use one of these:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6GD9JO/ref...

Along with one of these to power it:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07232M876/ref...

Laptop and PC are plugged into it. Pushing the button on top allows my keyboard, mouse, microphone and webcam to be powered by the chosen machine.


wibble cb

2,463 posts

174 months

Wednesday 9th June
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I want to add dual screens to my MacBook set up(I currently still VPN to the office) is there a way to achieve that and have the screens show each of my 2 desktop screens at work, most docking solutions seem to only be able to show the same on both, which seems a bit pointless!

xeny

1,902 posts

45 months

Wednesday 9th June
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wibble cb said:
I want to add dual screens to my MacBook set up(I currently still VPN to the office) is there a way to achieve that and have the screens show each of my 2 desktop screens at work, most docking solutions seem to only be able to show the same on both, which seems a bit pointless!
Which Macbook is it, and which "Edition" of Windows 10 at the office, Enterprise or Pro? I think Enterprise will show two screens over a remote connection, don't think that used to be the case for Pro, but haven't checked recently.

wibble cb

2,463 posts

174 months

Wednesday 9th June
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xeny said:
wibble cb said:
I want to add dual screens to my MacBook set up(I currently still VPN to the office) is there a way to achieve that and have the screens show each of my 2 desktop screens at work, most docking solutions seem to only be able to show the same on both, which seems a bit pointless!
Which Macbook is it, and which "Edition" of Windows 10 at the office, Enterprise or Pro? I think Enterprise will show two screens over a remote connection, don't think that used to be the case for Pro, but haven't checked recently.
Hi,

its a MacBook Pro 15 (Thunderbolt 3/USB-C) - A1990, No idea on the windows 10 we are running, will find out!

thanks

dxg

6,235 posts

227 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Are you talking about a remote desktop that spans two screens? This is possible using VNC but I don't know how you configure the mac's built-in version...

Or are you talking about physically bringing the mac into your office and plugging it into two screens?


mmm-five

9,199 posts

251 months

Wednesday 9th June
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You can change what shows on each desktop in MacOS or W10.

In W10 you right-click on the desktop and go to Display settings and select the relevant layout/position/arrangement and desktop mirroring/extension in there (there are keyboard shortcuts to do this, but I'm not sure if HP laptops use the same key command as others - mine is Fn-F4).


https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/set-up...

On MacOs (well Big-Sur anyway) you can choose the relevant layout/position/arrangement and whether to mirror (tick box at the bottom of the window) or extend the desktop in the Displays preference pane...you'll see an 'Arrangement' tab in addition to the normal tabs once you have a 2nd/3rd monitors attached.


xeny

1,902 posts

45 months

Wednesday 9th June
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dxg said:
Are you talking about a remote desktop that spans two screens? This is possible using VNC but I don't know how you configure the mac's built-in version...

Or are you talking about physically bringing the mac into your office and plugging it into two screens?
My interpretation was connecting to a Windows PC at the office with RDP, so the two screens on the PC at the office appear on two separate screens on the Mac.

JakeT

4,213 posts

87 months

Wednesday 9th June
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xeny said:
My interpretation was connecting to a Windows PC at the office with RDP, so the two screens on the PC at the office appear on two separate screens on the Mac.
Using WIN10 Pro it doesn’t work. frown

xeny

1,902 posts

45 months

Wednesday 9th June
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JakeT said:
Using WIN10 Pro it doesn’t work. frown
According to https://www.techrepublic.com/article/making-window... 10 Pro should be able to server multiple screens - so not sure what is going on there.

JakeT

4,213 posts

87 months

Wednesday 9th June
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xeny said:
According to https://www.techrepublic.com/article/making-window... 10 Pro should be able to server multiple screens - so not sure what is going on there.
You’re right. Just tested it between two WIN10 Pro machines and it works fine. smile

wibble cb

2,463 posts

174 months

Wednesday 9th June
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Hi all ,

I want the ability to see my 2 desktop screens separately via VPN using a MacBook as the conduit…we are using windows10 enterprise.