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Musing on the fact that I have 3 * Pi but not 3 * spare monitors.

Leaving aside the need to switch keyboard (and mouse) does anyone have a  
recommendation for an HDMI switch with, for example, 3 in and 1 out (to TV/
monitor)?

Hmm...having raised the question, are there USB switches to flip keyboard/
mouse between systems?

Cheers

Dave R


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HDMI switch - recommendations?
Hi David!

16 Feb 2016 11:27, from David -> All:

 Da> Leaving aside the need to switch keyboard (and mouse) does anyone have
 Da> a recommendation for an HDMI switch with, for example, 3 in and 1 out
 Da> (to TV/ monitor)?

I have one of these mega cheap ones.
http://www.dx.com/p/mini-4-port-1080p-hdmi-switch-3-in-1-out-113720

It has problems when the devices do not provide enough power to power it.
Sadly I do not have a RPi connected to it, so I cannot comment on how good it  
works with a RPi.

On the other hand, for under 5 USD including shipping, it is maybe worth  
trying.

 Da> Hmm...having raised the question, are there USB switches to flip
 Da> keyboard/ mouse between systems?

I only know them combined with VGA as KVM switches.
(Keyboard/Video/Mouse)

CU, Ricsi


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I am using a Lindy HDMI KVM Switch Classic,  USB 2.0  with Audio,      
4 port.
This comes with all cables and a remote to switch between systems.
Purchased from CJE Micros, Quick Code - 19302


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Excellent. Now, if they have 8 and 16 ports ones that would be smashing.

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http://www.networktechinc.com/servswt.html

Pricing is a bit enterprisey for the home user but their other
products I've tried have been first rate stuff.

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Sorry, wrong link, should have been  

http://www.networktechinc.com/srvsw-usb-dvi.html

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On Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:57:10 +0000, Peter Campbell-Banks wrote:

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HDMI switching only is very cheap in comparison.

I am assuming that KVM is Keyboard Video Mouse - I think I may just need a  
USB switch.

So:

(Amazon.com product link shortened)
B00GWF3LNK/ref=cm_wl_huc_item

for a 4 port USB switch (comments say it is used for switching between  
PCs).

(Amazon.com product link shortened)
_encoding=UTF8&colid=1UOETQ9CU282F&coliid=I1MLCR87MF66JV&psc=1

for a 5 port HDMI switch.



That looks quite reasonable.

Cheers

Dave R

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Google for KVM.  

There are reasonably priced systems for switching VGA+USB, but the dvi ones
are more expensive, and HDMI are scarce, so far.

If anyone finds a reasonably priced 4-8 port HDMI+USB KVM; preferrably one
that can switch by keypress; post it here.

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I'd go for a wireless keyboard/mouse and multiple senders, more
reliable than switches in my experience.

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On Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:29:06 +0000, cl wrote:

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Not sure what you are describing.

The wireless keyboard/mouse combinations I have are linked to one specific  
USB receiver.

How do you switch between systems?



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Logitech 'Unifying' receiver can connect to any keyboard/mouse in the
vicinity.

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A Logitech Unifying Receiver allows many *Logitech* mice/keyboards to
attach to a single USB wireless dongle. The OP wishes to connect one
mouse/keyboard/screen combo to many computers.  

Would Logitech's dongle work through a printer USB switch?

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On Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:51:12 +0000, cl wrote:

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Yes, I know.

However it has to be paired specifically with one keyboard/mouse because  
otherwise every PC in the house would be responding to every mouse/
keyboard in the house.

I have paired a mouse and keyboard to a single receiver and you need to  
use Logitech software and go through a pairing routine to confirm which  
devices should connect to the receiver.

This is not a slick process for switching between machines.

I would expect to be able to have a USB switch with a Logitech receiver  
plugged in, and switch this between machines to allow the mouse/keyboard  
to switch also.

I'm afraid your suggestion does not appear to be logical without further  
explanation.

Cheers

Dave R





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I was pondering this last week (for my telly) and research led me to this:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)

I know it has five inputs but I wanted only three, or so I thought. What
about tomorrow though?

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On Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:27:07 +0000, David wrote:

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have you considered running 2 of them headless @ connecting to them via  
ssh?
(the practicality of this does depend on how they are being used of-
course_



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On Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:01:24 +0000, Alister wrote:

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Agreed. Presumably you already have a mouse/keyboard/monitor and they are  
attached to the computer that you used to write the post I'm replying to,  
and that its attached to your LAN. If so, there's no reason you can't  
talk to your RPIs by using its kbd/mouse/screen once you've connected  
them to your LAN.

Use Cat 5 cable and a hub if they're model B RPIs (most ADSL routers have  
at least one RJ45 ethernet socket), or via USB wifi dongles if your LAN  
is wireless. Since most ADSL modems have a DHCP server built in and model  
B RPIs can connect to a DHCP server straight out of the box, all you need  
to do if you're using model Bs is to set up your router to recognise the  
RPIs, and assign an IP address and hostname to each.

If you're running Linux on your main computer, it already has all the  
software it needs: you can just use SSH to login to an RPi and start  
using it. If you configure SSH for X11 forwarding, then running a  
graphical program on the RPi will cause it to display on your computer's  
screen and accept input from your keyboard and mouse.

If you're running Windows, you'll need to download and install PuTTY,  
which is a package that provides ssh terminal and file transfer  
facilities for Windows. If you want a graphical desktop, you'll also need  
a Windows X-term server. They're around and free to download.  
Try Cygwin/X,  XWinLogon or VcXsrv.


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Just an additional note for those who wish to use an MS Windows
machine as the remote desktop. If you install xrdp on your RPIs you
can use Microsoft's standard remote desktop application to talk to
them.

"sudo apt-get install xrdp" on the pi is all that is needed although,
as you suggest, installing PuTTY on the Windows machine will avoid the
need for ever plugging in a mouse, keyboard or monitor to your pi.

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On 16/02/16 13:01, Alister wrote:
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Or use vnc.

My (sole) rpi runs a vnc server at startup, and all access is from a  
client on my (linux) desktop. A bit sluggish, but very usable.

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On Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:27:19 +0000, Mike Scott wrote:

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I did install TightVNC on a Pi B, and could manage it from Windows using  
TightVNC Viewer.

However I couldn't get it to close down properly, or reboot, using TightVNC  
from Windows.

Also, I would like to be able to drive my 3 Pis directly when the need  
arises.

One is more or less dedicated as a VPN server so I don't want to mess  
about with it too much.

Oh, and TightVNC seems to work fine with Windows systems, and can be very  
useful if I'm too idle to navigate stairs. Haven't pranked other users by  
moving their mouse pointer yet, though.

Cheers


Dave R



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On 2/19/2016 2:40 PM, David wrote:

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This would be my recommendation, do it all at once.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bytecc-KVM-4UHM-4X1-USB-HDMI-KVM-Switch-/251941213985?hash=item3aa8ddd721:g:~LYAAOSwNSxVQnRN


ebay item 251941213985 if the link does not work




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