KVM Switch (Mac Mini/Windows PC)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by eclipse01, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    Is there any reason why I wouldn't be able to use a Mac Mini hooked up to a KVM switch with a Windows 10 PC?
     
  2. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    It'll work fine...I used to use an IOgear KVM with a mini and Windows PC several years ago
     
  3. eclipse01 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks
     
  4. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Not all KVMs accept Apple keyboard.

    I have a 8 port rack mounted unit that only takes a PC keyboard.

    I have purchased a 4 port io gear with integrated cables and remote title switch. I have not connected it to a PC yet, only two Macs.
     
  5. jeyf macrumors 6502

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    consider an ebay hp ProCurve switch, faster than expected
    no fan 24watts, just works with factory resets or can be web managed level 2 vlan
     
  6. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    The OP is looking for a keyboard mouse video switching solution to have multiple computers connected to one console (keyboard mouse monitor)

    Now I do have two 24 port gigabit dumb ie not smart switches from HP. No fans.
    They are the lowest tier with their lifetime warranty.
     
  7. jeyf macrumors 6502

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    the OP might consider realVNC.com, a free remote access application

    access all his computers on one screen.
    additional benefit is the clip board can move content between computers
    no hardware needed
     
  8. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    OS X has very good screen sharing built in.

    Windows has many third party but they are not as well built.
     
  9. jeyf macrumors 6502

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    realVNC will work on both mac & windows with medium or better functioanity
     
  10. Tjconnection macrumors newbie

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    Eclipse1 did u buy a Kvm that worked for you? Looking to do the same thing.

    Thanks!
     
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  12. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    All the cheap KVMs I've tried only allow for a 2-button mouse w/ scroll wheel function, and a standard 104-key PC keyboard. Any other buttons or special features are blocked.

    The nicer KVM switches with keyboard+mouse+USB hub ports will pass through the keyboard and mouse exactly as they are, but only if they are plugged into the USB hub ports of the KVM, and not if they are plugged into the dedicated keyboard and mouse ports of the KVM. The downside to doing this is that the keyboard/mouse act like they are unplugged/plugged in every time you switch, so there is some delay when switching before the keyboard/mouse are usable again. (If you use the dedicated keyboard/mouse USB ports, there is typically little or no delay because the KVM switch is keeping an emulated KB/mouse connected at all times.)

    Of course things are always improving, and I haven't tried the exact model you intend to buy, so it's possible that it will work better than those in my experience.
     

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