[mythtv-users] OT - VGA -> USB - NOT - USB -> VGA
linux.luser at myrealbox.com
Thu Dec 20 23:10:44 UTC 2007
On 12/20/2007 11:24 AM, Trey Thompson wrote:
> I've been having a very hard time finding such a beast. Then I
> figured, hey, who better than the video experts with Myth!!! :)
> I'm looking for an adapter that will take VGA and convert it to USB,
> or something similar, for video display. Why would I do something so
> I own an IT company, and it would be REALLY nice for a technician to
> be able to plug in this "Mythcable", and see the screen output from a
> server, right on their laptop. Instead, now we have to find an unused
> monitor in the office, haul it around, etc...
> Anyone know of such an animal?
I missed your original post, so apologies if this threads incorrectly
(I clicked reply on Michael T. Dean's message).
This is exactly what you describe:
I didn't know these were available, and only stumbled across the
google advert for it when looking for the links which will follow in
a moment. The problem with the above device, as Michael T. Dean said,
is drivers - you'll need to install Windows drivers for it before
Personally I'm lusting over "hardware VNC" KVM-over-IP-switches:
and I would prefer them for this task.
When I first discovered these, perhaps 4 years ago, I think the one-
port Adderlink was the only one on the market. I don't remember if it
was a £550 or £700 - it could possibly have been priced in excess of
a grand, but if so it had certainly fallen to £550 (its current
price?) by two years ago. The 1-port Adderlink has a serial port that
allows it to control a regular 8-, 16- or 32-port KVM switch, thus
enabling it to act as a VNC-over-IP gateway for quite a number of
PCs. As you can see, there's a lot more competition now with
Raritan's single-port model at £410 and Rextron's 4-port is no more
expensive than the now-venerable 1-port Adder. I feel that £1,200 is
quite reasonable for an 8-port, if you have the application to
As I say, I have been lusting over these for quite some time. And I
see that the prices have fallen to the point where I might be able to
justify one, although I'm a bit skint at the moment. Looking at these
I'd be surprised if I hadn't splashed out on one in the next couple
of years, and I'm already thinking how it might allow me to
restructure my business.
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