This discussion will focus on a device that will allow you to share one
keyboard, monitor and mouse with multiple computers . The number of
computers normally sharing these items is two, but it could be more.
The device that allows the sharing of a single
keyboard, monitor and mouse with multiple computers is called a KVM
switch, which stands for Keyboard, Video, Mouse. The newer KVM switches
also allow the sharing of a set of speakers with more than one computer.
There are a couple of major reasons that people use KVM switches when
needing to have more than one computer in their work area:
Space savings - Naturally, by eliminating the need for multiple
keyboards, monitors, and mice, you will de-clutter your desktop and give
yourself more room to work.
2. Cost savings - Buying less
equipment to support your multiple computer configuration is obviously
Connecting things to the KVM switch is straight
forward. The computers involved are connected to the switch to
facilitate keyboard, monitor, mouse, and sometimes speaker operation.
Then, the single keyboard, monitor, mouse, and speakers are connected to
the switch to act as input, display, and audio devices for all
computers. The keyboard and mouse may be wireless also, and in this case
the switch would have a receiving unit that would accept the wireless
signal from these devices.
Once everything is connected, one
computer will be active at a time. When you want to switch to another
computer and make it active, the switch will either have a button you
push or a keystroke sequence to make the change to that other computer.
switches are not costly, generally from $50 to $100. They are made by
several manufacturers and are available either online or from most
office supply stores.
BY: Ed Simon
I'm sure you'll agree that freeing up some desk space by using a
KVM switch would be great. I've used one for years, and wouldn't be
without one any more.