I want to be able to have 2-3 workstations around the house with anywhere from 1 to 3 monitors plus a keyboard, mouse and webcam at each workstation which all connect back to my laptop. One of the workstations might be up to 30m away. Any clever ideas?
Edit/Update: So many of you have asked what is my use case for wanting such a setup. Here are a few examples:
- My wife and I share a home office that is outside the main house. If we both have a video call at the same time one of us needs to go elsewhere.
- I often have builds of software running in a virtual machine on my laptop which can take up to 2 hours to complete. After the build is finished I need to perform a few tasks and send an email. If I kick off a build at the end of the day it might finish at 7pm/8pm and I would like to quickly verify the build from within my house, perform the tasks and send the email without having to go back out to the office.
- I have a shed about 30m from the house/office that could be fun to work in as a change of scenery every now and then.
Most people have pointed out that I could just have a few hot desks set up to achieve this. I am prepared to do that if I can't find a better option. I really enjoy working on automation projects though and I thought it could be fun to try and achieve 3 different workspaces without having to carry my laptop around or predict where I want to work next.
Regarding having thin clients, raspberry pis and remote desktop software to achieve this I was hoping for a native solution that doesn't involve installing any additional software on my work laptop.
Ideally I want something like the following:
Work Laptop -> USB C cable from the laptop into "X-hub/switcher" -> 3 Ethernet cables to the different workstations -> "X-hub" at the remote workstations that can output video and receive webcam, mouse/keyboard USB devices.
What I am after is finding what I am calling "X-hub" which has USB input and ethernet output. The X-hub at the laptop should be switchable so it only sends the signals to one workstation at a time. If this X-hub can be switched remotely from the workstation then that would be the dream!