Working from home with dual monitors

Lots of people use SplitView when working from home to connect to their work PCs. SplitView enables them to take full advantage their multi-monitor home computer setup when connecting to their work PCs using remote desktop.

What’s more – the work computer need not have multiple monitor itself. It could even be a plain old laptop or PC, a virtual machine running on VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix Xen Desktop servers, a blade PC in a datacenter, or a terminal server serving published desktops.

Some SplitView users, like Hans de Bruijn, use it to connect to their work laptops not just when it’s at work, but even when they carry it home. Hans wanted us to share his success story with you:

“Can't tell you how much I appreciate SplitView.

SplitView works great in an RDP over a gigabit network to use a dual monitor home machine to access a work laptop and be a whole lot more productive.

I love using one "normal" personal computer under my desk to be the terminal into my work laptop sitting on another desk several feet away.

I have it hooked up via a Gigabit switch and the desktop experience using RDP and SplitView is better and easier than if I had two monitors hooked up directly.

No cables to mess with, easy switching between my own machine and the work machine, no cluttered desk, click left click right to move the windows, etc.

Great solution overall.

I can't help but think that there are a lot of people like me, who have a work laptop and their normal home computer setups in a home office.

It is a lot easier and cheaper to use SplitView, a $30 gigabit switch and a cheap 12 foot cable to "integrate" the work machines very easily into the home office setup.


1) Rather than dedicating a monitor to the laptop and having two single screens with one for each, I always have two monitors for each computer.

2) No need for a KVM switch, which has limited options for mixing DVI and VGA screens, distance limitations and resolution limitations I think. Plus if I would change a screen, the KVM switch may no longer be the right one.

3) the laptop (even without a docking station), can just be "parked" in a corner, not taking up much space, rather than having to either keep it on the main desk or have another usable desk for it. It saves real-estate and keeps the main desk free.

4) Having the two computers hooked up via RDP and Splitview via gigabit also makes is super easy to make backups of files on the laptop to the home computer. I feel better knowing that my data is on more than one machine. If the machines were not hooked up directly, I would likely not do this as often.

5) Sharing of printers and scanners becomes a natural part of the setup also. Again, not need to have extra printers or more wires. As long as the machines are talking via RDP on the same subnet, I'm set the minute they are turned on.

6) Having the same setup at home as at work. With Splitview on the laptop and a leftover PC that is fast enough at my work office, I have the same configuration in both places..

Again, there should be a lot of professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, etc who move their laptop back and forth the way I do and they may have no idea how nice it is to work with this configuration.

I just thought I'd send you my viewpoint – feel free to post it on your blog to get people to understand why / how your product is so handy to have as part of a very efficient and productive configuration.

I'm using it now!”

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation, Hans. We're so glad you like SplitView, and find it even better than hooking up the monitors directly :)