Re: MacBook + monitor + laptop as ext. monitor ?

Subject: Re: MacBook + monitor + laptop as ext. monitor ?
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:08:16 -0700

With a single computer, you don't need and can't use a KVM.

You shouldn't need a KVM, but the switch from Thunderbolt to USB-3 in
the latest Macs resulted in a giant step back in terms of multiple
monitor support. Third-party adapter manufacturers might fill in the
gaps eventually. Which Mac model do you have exactly? MacBook Pro
"15-inch late 2016"?

On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:17 PM, Monique Semp
<monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net> wrote:
> Hello, WR-L-ers,
> My migration to the Parallels Windows 10 on MacBook OS X world is going
> so well that I anticipate being able to get rid of my current Dell
> Windows 7 laptop. But I'm reluctant to lose my 3-screen system, and
> wonder how I can replicate it with only a single machine providing both
> operating systems/applications?
> My desk is filled with my MacBook OS X on the left, my big monitor in
> the center, and my Dell Windows laptop on the right. I have a hardware
> KVM switch that I use to switch only the big monitor between the two
> machines, and I use ShareMouse to use my active keyboard/mouse (which
> can be the MacBook OS X or Dell Windows set: whatever I'm using most
> that day) on both systems, seamlessly (just keep moving horizontally).
> For reasons that I won't bore you with, I like certain OS-specific
> applications to be open on their relevant machines on their associated
> laptop screens. Then the big center screen is where I do the bulk of my
> work.
> But now with a single hardware machine (the MacBook Pro OS X) providing
> BOTH operating systems' applications (albeit through the Parallels VM
> for Windows 10), I'll be losing one of my screens. I've googled and
> found how to connect up two actual monitors, and how to use a laptop as
> third monitor.
> The obvious difficulty is that laptop video ports are output, and I
> need an input. So some sort of networking, Apple Play equivalent on my
> Dell would be needed.ail discussions? Search our public email archives @
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