2008-01-05, 08:33 PM
I have 2 widescreen laptops. I want to use only 1 monitor, keyboard and mouse and be able to switch between them. Is there a product that will allow me to do this setup? Any product recommendations?
2008-01-05, 09:24 PM
If you have a home network you can use VNC to access the other PC.
2008-01-05, 09:31 PM
or a KVM if you want to go the hardware route and they are close to one another:
2008-01-07, 12:04 PM
Just make sure you get the right kind of KVM. There are some good deals on VGA KVMs with PS2 ports. Unfortunately, those are becoming obsolete due to new hardware. KVMs that can handle DVI/USB/PS2 are available but are still pricey.
Other options are feasible. Logitech is clearing out some of its older models of wireless keyboards and mice. They are inexpensive and easy to swap in and out due to lack of wires. Some monitors have more than one video input so they can do the switching. This is what I do. Mind you, I don't access the second PC that often and when I do I usually use VNC. That way I'm not constantly swapping keyboards and mice. Rechargeable NiMH batteries minimize the battery cost issue. It would also be possible to switch a single keyboard/mouse combo with a simple USB switch or moving the USB dongle and use a two input monitor.
2008-01-08, 03:10 AM
I'm not sure if this is exactly what you wish to do, but there's a program that I use called Synergy2, you get it at http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
It allows you to use 1 keyboard and mouse to control as many computers as you wish to control and it's cross platform. You can control a Windows PC, a Mac, a Linux PC, or any combination using TCP/IP to communicate to all machines. I use my main notebook to control itself and another notebook and I used to also control a desktop PC as well before it broke down. It's a great alternative to a KVM, plus it's free. Basically you have one server machine controlling as many client machines as you wish.
Give it a try. It takes a bit of configuring, but once you get the hang of it you'll wonder how you got along without it.