One montor for two computers?

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  1. Brian Lawrence

    Brian Lawrence Producer

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    I'm trying to find out if there are any splitters or switch boxes that would allow me to use on monitor for 2 different compuers.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Here at work we use Linksys 2 port KVM Switches. They are also avaliable for connecting 4 computers to one monitor. There are similar products from other companies too. Do a search for "KVM" (keyboard, video, mouse).
     
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    I believe belkin makes a nice KVM switch for SOHO use.
     
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    I run a Belkin OmniPort which allows 4 PCs to be connected (a 2-PC more than 8 are available too).

    It's pretty good. A KVM switch connects your monitor, mouse and keyboard and allows them to be shared between multiple PCs. I was concerned about degradation of video quality but I can't honestly see any difference at all. One thing though - you must use good quality cabling and they're not particularly cheap, especially over long runs.

    The only complaints I have about the Belkin concern the mouse. Often 'lose' the mouse when switching. Switching back and forth again sorts it out, but it is a little annoying. I've also noticed that the smoothness of pointer movement is affected when switching. Sometimes it's perfect, other times it's not as smooth. A bit odd really. Again, switching it back and forth can help but it's harder to get rid of - however removing the mouse connection from the front of the KVM switch then reinserting it always corrects the smoothness.

    You can, by all accounts, get better quality KVMs than the Belkin.
     
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    Thanks for quick replies.
     
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    I have the D-Link and it works really well. I have a Belkin at work, and I can't stand it -- the keyboard shortcut is very tempermental and it occasionally loses mouse or keyboard connectivity (doesn't happen that much anymore for some reason).
     

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