Home 'Mianframe': Terminals in each room w/ 1 PC??
Hi I'm looking for help with a technical challenge I've made some attempts at over the past couple years.
GOAL: To have in each room a monitor/mouse/keyboard station all display the same exact matter as in my main office room. I have plenty of PC's in each room but things like energy and hassle are what I'm trying to invest against.
I'm not merely trying to synchronize HD's here. I need to see the same exact apps and things no matter where I'm working. A particular issue is having to log in and out of the various online services I use for my busniess, each time I go into the next room. I want to have a power strip right there and flip the switch and the monitors + speakers power up and I see the same exact windows as in the other room. I'd prefer to have one giant open space room with all of the work benches and lab pieces, but not only is that not an option but even if I had such I'd probably still want a matching dual monitor terminal in each corner of such a hypothetical room.
I have at my disposal:
-2 very decent PC's
-10 matching quad-core PC's
-A couple very sub-par PC's
-Over 12 monitors, mostly new, most match some are in pairs.
-Lots of cables & adapters
-Video cards in all of them w/ a couple matching top notch cards I bought a year ago.
The first very decent PC is the main one in intend run from. It's the one I use everyday, and is stacked with HD's and such and its killing my 1-man operation not having this same screen matter at my finger tips in all my work areas which includes narly every room in the house, the back porch and the garage.
The 2nd is a 2nd to best of everything (last year) AMD milspec setup I built a year ago, that is actually for a custom VR system project I havent had time do work on for a while. The video cards are for that but I screwed up ordering the PSU that isnt big enough for the 4 power plugs they require. I'd like to leave these parts reserved although getting this mainframe system going is top priority.
The matching 10 PC's are for some other customs machines I build, but getting this mainframe system going is top priority.
IN THE PAST I've tried getting monitor splitter cables with no great luck. In that case in my old shop where I had 2 main tech rooms side by side I was merely trying to get the same single video screen on each side of a wall. They simply wouldnt work with the video cards I was using last year, not even just testing with short length cables.
Surely there are some video cards that will work with those? I couldnt tell as maximum cable length wasnt a spec I could find in any of thecards I looked into.
I tried looking at other networked monitor cable type products but after reading the reviews it didnt seem like there was any ideal items that didnt cost completely outrageous money.
TODAY I'm now working completely from home and would really like some sort of solution to get a dual monitor terminal in 4-6 rooms. If there are some sorts of viable cabling solutions today that would be nice.
I actually could almost settle for having just 2 main dual-screen terminal on each side of a wall, but dont want to go and buy open test and then return items that dont work like I had to last year. I dont want to burden Compusa's return system with my crazy R&D testing.
I also have these other computers, so perhaps there is some way to configure windows to achieve the same results while using multiple standalone OS installs? It seems to me there has to be others who have made the same effort, and that with the stuff I have on hand along with available products there has to be a way I can get this going without devastating my wallet?