What do You use for a KVM Switch?


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Let’s say that you have a PC, but you don’t have a monitor, keyboard or mouse plugged into it. However, you do have a notebook computer sitting there with Windows on it, as well. You could use that notebook to run the PC with a KVM switch!

Not only are you saving energy by not running another monitor, you’re also saving space by not having another keyboard and mouse. Using a KVM switch is highly recommended for better productivity. You can use one keyboard, one mouse and one monitor for two different machines! I don’t think there’s an easier way to be efficient.

This is ideal for people who own a laptop and an older desktop PC and wish to keep using both for various functions or applications. The KVM features an on-screen toolbar with multiple functions such as file transfer, desktop image scaling and others. The built-in file transfer utility lets the user transfer files, presentations, business information and create backup copies between both computers or from external USB storage devices.

What’s interesting about this particular KVM is that it has an extra USB port built in. That allows you to plug in an external hard drive if you should need to! This is easy to use, and will allow you a ton of new-found freedom when managing your life. Keep and transfer files much faster using the IOGear Laptop KVM. All you need is open USB ports and Windows PCs and you’re ready to roll.

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10 thoughts on “What do You use for a KVM Switch?”

  1. I use an older Belkin 4-way KVM right now while transitioning to a newer PC. It’s pre-USB, but works OK except after switching, one of my PCs looses mouse wheel capability. I suppose many of these things have their quirks.

  2. KVM Switch compared to ssh,synergy,vnc.

    -you have to actually connect those two computers with a fairly short usb cable (low range, you waste two usb ports)
    -It’s Windows-only
    -You can access only one other computer with it at a time
    -Its a cable and it’s not even retractable = clutter
    -It’s hardware so…well, it might break.
    -The driver’s proprietary. Might as well double as a keylogger and you can’t find out. 😉
    -You have to pay for it where the other solutions are free
    -You could always connect the external drive directly to any of these two pcs and just share it over the network without resorting to extra applications.

    +The company behind it claims to plant a tree for each one of these you buy.

  3. Does this work with non-windows OS’s like OS X or Linux? If not is there a similar devices that works with Linux or OS X?

  4. I’m using and completely happy with this Rosewill RKV-2V switch I bought from the Egg. It was priced right and handles running my Linux and my Windows machines to the Flatron, Ergo 4000 and Logitech wireless without a hitch.
    This KVM was, at the time I bought it, on sale. At the present time I believe it sells for $20.

  5. All well and good, but today’s larger monitors have outpaced a KVM’s ability to handle the higher native resolutions, i.e., 1920×1200, for instance. I’d love to find a KVM capable of handling that resolution!

  6. Oh, and by the way, most ATen KVMs work with Linux and Mac OSX with Mac keyboard emulations built-in.

  7. I think there’s no better KVM than Multiplicity – no hardware at all! Well, at least it would be, if it worked all the time 😉

  8. I’ve never used one, but I just bought a refurbished pc on which I will install Fedora 10 or another Linux distro. Then, I’ll be able to use the same monitor for both pc’s. I guess, though, I’ll need to ascertain that the KVM is operable with Linux, since not all of them mention this in their specs.

    Robert

  9. KVM switch is a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computer systems from one or more keyboard, mouse and video monitor.

  10. With a KVM switch, it is possible to choose which device to manage, maintain from a single user station at any given time. KVM switches allow multiple users to simultaneously access different hardware connected to the same system, greatly improving administrative flexibility, efficiency, and productivity.

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