For example, one user would be on the PC entering case information while the other has a PTZ pulled up on a second monitor and can control it.
It doesn't work like that, there may be 4 mice but there is only ONE mouse pointer.
Press Mode button to cycle through all four modes. LEDs indicate which mode is selected.
- User 1 Mode–only User 1 can type or move mouse.
- User 2 Mode–only User 2 can type or move mouse.
- User 3 Mode–only User 3 can type or move mouse.
- User 4 Mode–only User 4 can type or move mouse.
- Inst Mode–keyboard or mouse activates immediately
- Delay Mode–locked out user must wait five seconds after last keystroke or mouse movement occurs on active user.
Smaller than the KVM box, and without having to run long KVM cables is something like:
Shareing multible keyboards with one computer is easy but I don't think you can use mutlible keyboards and mice and the same time.
I Intel NUCs are super small and could be mounted on the back of a monitor. They would take up no more room then a KVM. Just a thought
One thing to keep in mind with the NUC's is that the graphics and Proccessing on them are not really optimized for Video Playback.
translation " we are trying to get out cheap"
answer " no you cant"
What they want is known as a multiseat configuration. It's not a new concept, but was more popular when computing hardware was much more expensive then it is now. Today it would probably cost you as much in time and man-hours to get it all configured as just buying another CPU.
You could make this work with a VM setup, having multiple USB keyboards and mice, and then manually configuring them in VM setup to bind to a specific VM. I have not done this specifically, but I have done things like configure a USB Ethernet dongle to only be attached to a Windows VM and not a linux VM on the same host.
Chances are though that the host PC they currently have wouldn't be sufficient to properly support 2 VMs with acceptable performance, especially for VMS stuff. So, they're going to end up buying another PC anyway...
A couple of things. First, we have had serious problems with the Intel NUCs (mainly driver issues) and don't use them anymore. Dell's 3020M is a little bigger, but you can buy that and a monitor mount for less than the components to put a NUC together. And they have the OS installed already.
My other question is whether or not Windows Remote Desktop from another PC is an option? They mentioned a second workstation, so there is another computer there. The only issue would be concurrent connections to Windows, but we use a free utility that patches Windows 7 to operate as a server OS. This allows me to RDC in with a different user account without disrupting the first.
I'm sure this violates Windows licensing or something, but whatever....
Pro Focus LLC | 10/14/15 01:55am
The easiest, and cheapest way long term is a second PC. If they want to McGuyver a solution, some people like banging their heads on brick walls, it will almost surely cost more over time, be it replacing non-performing components or man hours.
Here is a little tip from your Uncle Lar!
Simple, cost effective, well performing solutions will never get you fired. Thinking outside of the box and creating a new problem will.
Not to distract from the main point of the conversation, being this solution itself, however, what about a VMS that is browser based and allows for multiple types of operating systems, so to allow for different clients instead of another PC?
Depending on the needs of the infrastructure, if a wireless AP were allowed, non broadcasting of course, in the control room, users could connect on a browser based client using smart phones, tablets, etc rather than being locked into a "PC" for the client.
Not that this would be a solution in this case; ripping out the VMS and putting in something else, but designed from the beginning would offer some flexibility.
Just a thought.