Cheap keyboard and mouse switch...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by engelhart, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. engelhart macrumors member

    May 23, 2004
    Hello all

    I currently have a Dell PC and my 17" powerbook set up at work. Ideally I wouldn't have the PC but my PhD requires some specialist software that will not work on the Mac, plus I spend a lot of time with MS Access.

    I want to hook the system up so I can share a USB keyboard and mouse between the two. I am planning on putting the powerbook on an icurve or similar and having it set up next to my LCD. It is a real pain at the moment having to switch the computers around, move keyboards etc.

    I have looked at getting a switch for this but I can only find KVM switches, which don't generally seem to be cheap in USB form. Ideally, I only want a switch for the keyboard and mouse but don't know if this exists. Any ideas/links would be appreciated.

  2. maverick808 macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Try VNC

    Why not run VNC on the PC. Then you can power down the PC's monitor and put the PC'skeybard and mouse in some out of the way place. Access the PC via VNC running on the Mac. VNC is free and runs on all platforms that I know of. It is almost as good as X11 at decoupling screens/keyboard from computers

    A switch is an "either/or" kkind of thing but with a system like VNC (or X11) you can have the displays from multipler computers sent to your desktop and even cut and past between them.
  4. engelhart thread starter macrumors member

    May 23, 2004
    VNC is an excellent idea, why didn't I think of that.

    Thanks for the help.


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