Share monitor, mouse and keyboard between mini and MBP

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  1. jdelgado macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I have a mini and a MBP that I use regularly for work.
    The mini has attached a monitor, wired mouse, and wired keyboard.
    I would like to use the MBP with the monitor, mouse and keyboard easily. Currently, I unplug them from the mini and plug them into the MBP.
    Is there something (KVM?) that I can get so that I do not have to plug/unplug them from the mini every time? I can settle for something that handles the monitor and go with wireless mouse and keyboard.
    Thanks!
     
  2. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    You could connect everything to the MBP and then use remote access to access the Mini. I use Easy Remote Desktop, but there are other options (Screens)... I use a Mini to drive my home entertainment system, but access it through Easy Remote Desktop.
     
  3. jdelgado thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the quick reply!
    Using remote desktop is certainly an option. However, I have tried it, and performance (in my case) is not the best and would like to evaluate a hardware solution.
     
  4. JTToft macrumors 68040

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  5. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    The biggest issue with the KVM solution is the Bluetooth mouse/keyboards. Alternatively, there are BT keyboards that can pair with multiple devices. Not so with BT mice. And the TB/DisplayPort monitors can also be problematic. I see the VGA adapters as a PITA, personally.
     
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