[SOLVED] One HDMI port on the laptop but two external monitors

tezarin

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Hi all,

I just purchased a Dell Inspiron laptop from Costco: https://www.costco.com/dell-inspiron-15.6"-laptop---11th-generation-intel-core-i5-1135g7-processor---1080p---windows-11.product.100809537.html
The new laptop has one HDMI connection and like 3 USB ports only. I plugged in my wireless mouse, keyboard and a CAC reader which took up all the available USB ports. I have two ViewSonic VX2452MH monitors which I would like to connect to my laptop (would like each to be able to display a different thing not mirror only). But I was able to plug in one of the monitors only due to the fact that the monitor has only one HDMI connection.

I tried a HDMI switch but I guess these are designed to be used with one device at a time! it wouldn't let both monitors to be on at the same time: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VX1PKQ7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Can someone please recommend a solution so I can have both monitors connected?

Thank you in advance
 

kanewolf

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That should work. I would put the mouse, keyboard and CAC reader on the hub and plug the video directly into the laptop.
A slightly different approach would be to get a keyboard with a built-in CAC reader -- https://www.amazon.com/HP-Z9H48AT-ABA-Business-Keyboard/dp/B06XY2558L/
Or a keyboard with a USB port to plug in your mouse or CAC -- https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard-Passthrough/dp/B06XR5MWGM/
That cleans up your desktop, but the USB hub is a valid implementation.
 

kanewolf

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Hi all,

I just purchased a Dell Inspiron laptop from Costco: https://www.costco.com/dell-inspiron-15.6"-laptop---11th-generation-intel-core-i5-1135g7-processor---1080p---windows-11.product.100809537.html
The new laptop has one HDMI connection and like 3 USB ports only. I plugged in my wireless mouse, keyboard and a CAC reader which took up all the available USB ports. I have two ViewSonic VX2452MH monitors which I would like to connect to my laptop (would like each to be able to display a different thing not mirror only). But I was able to plug in one of the monitors only due to the fact that the monitor has only one HDMI connection.

I tried a HDMI switch but I guess these are designed to be used with one device at a time! it wouldn't let both monitors to be on at the same time: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VX1PKQ7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Can someone please recommend a solution so I can have both monitors connected?

Thank you in advance
There is no easy way to create two independent displays from a single HDMI output.
I don't see a docking station from Dell that would provide any additional video ports.
Your laptop doesn't seem to support video via the USB ports.
You can buy a low-end graphics device that plugs into your USB and could provide an additional HDMI port.
 

tezarin

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There is no easy way to create two independent displays from a single HDMI output.
I don't see a docking station from Dell that would provide any additional video ports.
Your laptop doesn't seem to support video via the USB ports.
You can buy a low-end graphics device that plugs into your USB and could provide an additional HDMI port.
So I was thinking I should get these two items and work with the USB connections:
  1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09LCDYMVX/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=AG4USY1XZTSRB&psc=1
  2. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083RQMC7S/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A24H0O8PYGZ99S&psc=1
Or do you think this one works?
https://www.amazon.com/Splitter-Distributor-Support-Compatible-Projector/dp/B081GL1CMV/ref=sr_1_6?crid=3TTJV7O7ZSIP4&keywords=hdmi+splitter&qid=1642690708&refinements=p_85:2470955011,p_72:1248879011&rnid=1248877011&rps=1&s=electronics&sprefix=hdmi+splitter,aps,59&sr=1-6

What do you think?
 
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kanewolf

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That should work. I would put the mouse, keyboard and CAC reader on the hub and plug the video directly into the laptop.
A slightly different approach would be to get a keyboard with a built-in CAC reader -- https://www.amazon.com/HP-Z9H48AT-ABA-Business-Keyboard/dp/B06XY2558L/
Or a keyboard with a USB port to plug in your mouse or CAC -- https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard-Passthrough/dp/B06XR5MWGM/
That cleans up your desktop, but the USB hub is a valid implementation.
 

tezarin

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That should work. I would put the mouse, keyboard and CAC reader on the hub and plug the video directly into the laptop.
A slightly different approach would be to get a keyboard with a built-in CAC reader -- https://www.amazon.com/HP-Z9H48AT-ABA-Business-Keyboard/dp/B06XY2558L/
Or a keyboard with a USB port to plug in your mouse or CAC -- https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Backlit-Mechanical-Keyboard-Passthrough/dp/B06XR5MWGM/
That cleans up your desktop, but the USB hub is a valid implementation.
Thank you for helpful reply and giving me recommendation for the keyboard, that's certainly a great option. If we decide to go with the USB hub and a HDMI to USB, which one of these two HDMI to USB options do you recommend?

1. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09LCDYMVX/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?tag=georiot-us-default-20&smid=AG4USY1XZTSRB&psc=1&ascsubtag=tomshardware-us-3743254221502494700-20&geniuslink=true

2. https://www.amazon.com/Splitter-Distributor-Support-Compatible-Projector/dp/B081GL1CMV/ref=sr_1_6?tag=georiot-us-default-20&crid=3TTJV7O7ZSIP4&keywords=hdmi splitter&qid=1642690708&refinements=p_85:2470955011,p_72:1248879011&rnid=1248877011&rps=1&s=electronics&sprefix=hdmi splitter,aps,59&sr=1-6&ascsubtag=tomshardware-us-8560732016101743000-20&geniuslink=true

Thanks so much
 

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