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Old 08-15-2016, 12:22 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I have 2 computers and I'm looking to share the keyboard and mouse between the 2 machines. I understand this can be done using a KVM switch but I'm not familiar with how they work. Does anyone have a recommendation?
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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USB keyboard and mouse? Or traditional PS2 ports? And what kind of video connection?

I've used KVM switches for years, and own five of them, but most of the ones I have are older. I've found, though, that even an older switch can work with a USB-only PC if you buy the right adapter.
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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There a several types that will depend on your specific cabling/connectors. Basically they work by switching which PC your Keyboard, Video and Mouse are connected to, without having to physically move cables.

This webpage may help you understand the choices you have.

KVM Switch Buying Guide | Tripp Lite
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I am only looking to share a USB mouse and USB keyboard between 2 computers. I found this one on Amazon and seems like it would do what I need:

https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-Periph...kvm+switch+usb
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:46 PM
 
Location: NNJ
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I've used:

Software solution:

Synergy - Mouse and keyboard sharing software

Cheap physical USB switch

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:05 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Thanks. Do you know if this will work with a wireless keyboard? I would put the wireless "fob" into the input of the switch.
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Old 08-15-2016, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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Before you do what you're looking to do...

That switch costs about $27. Do you have a really high end mouse/keyboard? If not - why not just buy a second mouse/keyboard? Especially now during "back to school" sales when you can find some heavy discounting. For example - I can usually pick up the Logitech mouse I like for as little as $9.99 - although the lowest price I can find today is $12.99 (list is $29.99):

Logitech M325 Wireless Optical Mouse Silver 910-002136 - Best Buy

Robyn
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Old 08-15-2016, 06:14 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Before you do what you're looking to do...

That switch costs about $27. Do you have a really high end mouse/keyboard? If not - why not just buy a second mouse/keyboard? Especially now during "back to school" sales when you can find some heavy discounting. For example - I can usually pick up the Logitech mouse I like for as little as $9.99 - although the lowest price I can find today is $12.99 (list is $29.99):

Logitech M325 Wireless Optical Mouse Silver 910-002136 - Best Buy

Robyn
I already have 2 keyboards. They are taking up too much space on my desk so I'm looking to reduce clutter.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:16 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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At the consumer level, these are pretty much commodities. Just figure out what inputs you need, and pick the right one.

Another consideration is a virtual KVM (less cabling!). But understand the limitations of those (e.g. it resides on the OS, so you won't really have pre-boot access).
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:22 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Another consideration is a virtual KVM (less cabling!). But understand the limitations of those (e.g. it resides on the OS, so you won't really have pre-boot access).
Yeah, I wish I could do a software solution but one of the computers I'm using is a company computer and is locked down pretty tight.
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