Re: KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse

Subject: Re: KVM switch vs. separate keyboard/mouse
From: Wolfgang Schapat <wolfgang -dot- schapat -at- t-online -dot- de>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 08:25:35 +0200

Hi from Germany,
for that purpose use the free Microsoft Tool "MouseWithoutBorders" at
[1] http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35460
For up to 4 PCs you need only one keybord and one mouse. I use it over
years with 3 PCs.
Regards Wolfgang
At 01:01 12.04.2013, Monique Semp wrote:

Hi WR-L-ers, Quick question: What are the main differences in
different types of KVM switches, when it comes to just the
K(eyboard) and M(ouse) parts? When I go to staples.com and search
for aEURoeKVM switchaEUR, thereaEUR(TM)s a huge variety of results.
I think I need only the keyboard and mouse portions my monitor has
lots of inputs so I caan just plug in two laptops at a time and use
the monitoraEUR(TM)s function keys to switch. ---- Long Story
background: Perhaps youaEUR(TM)ll recall that about 6 months ago I
was asking about keyboards for the Mac and buying a monitor that
would work with both a Mac and a PC? I ended up with a wonderful
Dell 30aEUR monitor with enough input ports to simply plug in both
laptops, and I just would switch the input via the monitoraEUR(TM)s
function keys. And I decided to have independent keyboards/mice for
the two laptops (since the Mac and PC keyboards and mice worked
differently enough that it seemed easier). Well, IaEUR(TM)ve
switched contracts, and now I need to set up two PCs! (One is my
business PC that I use for one client, and the new client is having
me use their PC for a whole host of licensing/access reasons.) So
now my choice is to get another PC keyboard so I have one per laptop
(which takes up a bit of space and necessitates moving one out of
the way to use the other) or to get a KVM switch. IaEUR(TM)m
unlikely to use the aEURoeV(ideo)aEUR portion itaEUR(TM)s very
expensive to get aa KVM switch that supports the very high
resolution IaEUR(TM)ve got (2560x1600), plus aEURoeeverybodyaEUR
says that there are lots of reliability/compatibility issues with
monitor switching. But a basic KVM switch is less expensive than a
second keyboard and would take up less space on my desk, which would
be nice. But there are so many KVM switches to choose from that
IaEUR(TM)m getting a bit lost, and wonder if theyaEUR(TM)re worth
the expense when a keyboard and mouse is so inexpensive? -- Thanks
for the advice, -Monique
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