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  • Using PC in Two Locations

    I'm currently planning my simulator build in my garage however I have a gaming set up in the basement with a 5600x and RTX 3080, dual monitors. What I'm hoping to do is run the garage simulator off the computer in the basement.

    The only option that seems to work is basically running fiber HDMI cables (2) from the basement to the garage to connect to the projector and TV as well as USB cables for keyboard/mouse.

    This would involve me having to go downstairs every time and change settings on my computer for which monitors to use and which keyboard/mouse to use. Are there any other options to make it easier? I looked into a KVM switch however that seems to be more for 2 PC's and 1 set of peripherals.

    Thanks for the help!

  • #2
    I will have this same issue.

    I am probably going to end up using a cat6 HDMI extender since I will already have the cat6 ran to my basement. Is this an optin vs fiber? With the HDMI extender, I should also be able to use an IR repeater for my wireless keyboard/mouse. So as long as I bring my keyboard/mouse downstairs, I (should) have full control of my computer from the basement.


    • Edwards
      Edwards commented
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      Been looking into this more and it seems like cat6 HDMI extender is the best option. If I go 1080p I can use an HDMI cable but I want to make sure I can do 4K if I decide to upgrade.

      Planning to run a cat6 cable to the garage ceiling (approx 25').

      For the TV/USB on the ground level I'll run a separate HDMI cable for the TV (this run is only like 8' max). For Mouse/keyboard I haven't decided yet but I am looking at USB-C hubs.

      Computer will just always have 2 mouse/keyboard connected at all times to control the PC.
      Last edited by Edwards; 08-26-2021, 08:21 PM.

  • #3
    You can remote desktop in from your smart phone as long as you are on the same network and you have windows 10 pro on the desktop.


    • #4
      How close/far are the rooms? If you can keep an RF keyboard in the sim room it might be able to control the PC from the sim room and you can make any necessary changes there.


      • #5
        I have an HDMI splitter running my primary monitor signal to my projector in another room. I ran a long HDMI cable through the ceiling. I also ran a long USB cable through the ceiling with a USB hub at the end. The hub has the receiver for a wireless keyboard and mouse that stay in the sim room. My SkyTrak also connects to the USB hub.


        • #6
          I am looking into something similar for TGC 2019. My gaming desktop PC is now upstairs (after some water in the basement from Hurricane Ida). The sim is still in the basement with a Skytrak, a net and a TV (no projector/screen setup yet). I need to use the home network (probably wifi rather than ethernet) as direct HDMI cables and/or bluetooth between the room aren't an option.

          My thought was (a) connect the Skytrak to the PC via Network mode (b) cast the desktop to the TV using Chromecast (or figuring out something similar with the Roku), and then (c) control the PC remotely from the sim room over wifi..On (c) it sounds like something on my iPhone or tablet would be a good option. Does anybody have other good solutions for (c) other than the iphone/tablet or remoting in via the remote computer option as described elsewhere (I don't have Windows 10 Pro)? Are there standalone gaming controllers or media controllers that will connect directly via wifi? Also does (b) sound reliable enough or is there a better option? Presumably others have had similar approaches with home office to garage but I couldn't find this in the forums.


          • #7
            Another thought for (c) was simply to buy a Raspberry Pi for downstairs, upgrade to Windows 10 Pro upstairs (or use third party remote software that doesn't require the upgrade), and use the Pi to remote into the Desktop and then output via HDMI from the Pi to the TV (and eventually to my projector setup when I make the transition). I could then use a simple media type keyboard for the Pi. Has anyone tried something like that?


            • #8
              I have a setup with simulator in basement and gaming PC in my office above. I use a Bluetooth keyboard with track pad for controlling PC in the basement. I have 2 long hdmi cables that were fished down from above for projector and side tv. My PC has 4 monitor outputs which is helpful for this.

              I added DisplayFusion software for configuring multiple monitor profiles. This allows for setting up a keyboard shortcut to switch profiles depending where I am using the PC. Sometimes have to login without being able to see but other than that has worked fairly well.


              • #9
                Thanks golfninja. That sounds like the a really good approach in your case. In my case, Unfortunately, I can't connect the two areas (basement and upstairs office) directly either via cable or bluetooth so I'm stuck with the home network (wifi and/or ethernet). It sounds like remoting in to the desktop via a tablet, laptop (or raspberry pi) would be easiest. I would then output from the downstairs device via HDMI to the TV.

                As a second option (which I could progress to later), I could somehow connect both the TV and an input device (media keyboard, gaming controller, etc.) to the upstairs desktop directly over the network without an intermediate tablet or laptop. The second approach sounds more technically challenging and frankly I'm not sure how to actually do it. It would be interesting to know if anyone has used this second option (i.e., no second device for remoting in and no cables as described by golfninja).

                In either case, the Skytrak would connect to the upstairs desktop via network mode.