USB switch for sharing one keyboard/mouse with two machines

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Danksi, May 24, 2006.

  1. Danksi macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2005
    Nelson, BC. Canada
    Do anyone know of a USB hub/switch that would allow me to share my Apple keyboard/mouse combo between my iBook and iMac?

    I don't need a KVM box, just the USB.

    I did find something from BELKIN, but it's not clear how it works (seem to be software driven)
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    You could just get a cheap usb kvm off of eBay. I picked one up but I don't really use it for the video switch anymore. I did use it for the usb switch though. The only problem was that it was ps/2 keyboard, ps/2 mouse and then usb. The device got its power from the ps/2 keyboard input and both ps/2 keyboard inputs needed to have power. Obviously my mini doesn't have a ps/2 output so I simply plugged the second ps/2 keyboard cable into the ps/2 mouse slot on my pc. Hey presto, it works! The pc doesn't actually have to be on, it just has to be plugged into the mains.
    There are probably other solutions that don't require this powering. If there aren't and you don't have any ps/2 outputs then I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to jerry rig the ps/2 connector's power lines to a small dc adaptor.
  3. beeez macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2007
    Re: USB switch for sharing one keyboard/mouse with two machines

    Use SYNERGY or TELEPORT. Both allow you to share mouse/keyboard across multiple computers; all without the clutter of KVM switches or extra hardware.
    Good luck.


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