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multiple computers with one mouse, one keyboard, and one monitor?
Anuone doing this so they need one desk instead of 3 or 4?
oneguy




msg:1566720
 10:13 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have limited space. I'm already up to 3 desks for 3 computers.

I had no idea for how to use a search function to find the answer here.

This is what I need...

I want to plug my mouse, keyboard, and monitor into one place. I want to hit a switch that makes them all go from one box to another.

Is there a product out there like that? Can anyone tell me what it's called?

I don't want to network the computers. I just want input / output switching.

I'm sure it has to be out there... I just don't know where to look. Please sticky me if you are unallowed to post an url. I'm sure I'm not the only person looking for such a thing.

 

ncw164x




msg:1566721
 10:18 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

What you need is a multi user KVM switch

ChrisCBA




msg:1566722
 10:36 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

I had a similar situation and a good KVM was a life savor.

But be warned though... not every KVM is made equally. Don't get suckered into the cheap stuff. Often you're better to pay more up front knowing that it will work better in the long run.

coopster




msg:1566723
 10:52 pm on Apr 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

You can get KVM switches with speaker connections as well, so you can have your sound switched from computer to computer.

oneguy




msg:1566724
 12:46 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks, everyone. :)

killroy




msg:1566725
 1:26 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hehe just wait until you have multiple KVMs for multiple dual monitor comps and extra mice and keyboards so yo ucan operate different screens on different comps at the same time ;)

Sometimes I just use full screen VNC instead...

SN

Matt Probert




msg:1566726
 2:48 pm on Apr 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hehe just wait until you have multiple KVMs for multiple dual monitor comps and extra mice and keyboards so yo ucan operate different screens on different comps at the same time ;)
Sometimes I just use full screen VNC instead...

I bought a Belkin 2-port KVM switch. It didn't work properly. It was a nightmre in terms of reliability. Then I discovered VNC. As this is used within the office, the free version of VNC is fine, and works very nicely. I recommend it.

Matt

MrMacphisto




msg:1566727
 8:57 pm on Apr 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Also..

Go with a KVM box that uses digital swtiches. Analog switches wear over time and will lead to signal noise which will make your computing experience quite unenjoyable.

oneguy




msg:1566728
 1:48 pm on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

I started looking. Anyone care to suggest a brand without an affiliate tag attached? ;) (believe me... no disrespect meant there...)

Or maybe give a bad story along with a good one?

I need to pick one by early next week. Are there brands that large chain stores carry that are worth buying?

I surely appreciate the advice (and additional advice since I last said so).

caspita




msg:1566729
 1:55 pm on Apr 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

I don't know what kind of system you are using on this. In my case I need to operate about 10-12 different servers.. all of the W2K and my own PC, so what I use is the Windows Terminal Services facility. That way I can login in every severs as if I was already there, I can have a window for each one if I want or I can go full screen also, I can even copy/paste between all of them :-) ... and I'm pretty sure the same thing exist for Unix/Linux, etc .. .besides of the telnet I mean.

TheDoctor




msg:1566730
 3:11 pm on Apr 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I asked this question on this very forum a few months back. I was advised to get a Belkin KVM switch, which I did. I've been very happy with this - so thanks to those who recommended it.

ziggystardust




msg:1566731
 12:17 pm on Apr 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Looked into using a software solution such as remote desktop connection to administer the different computers?

Best of luck
// ZS

iconpomona




msg:1566732
 4:22 pm on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

VNC is the way to go......just learning it isnt all that hard and working it isnt either....you should give vnc a try, but i dont know about tight vnc....i still have to test that though....lol

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