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Topic # 17825 13-Dec-2007 17:42
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Hey guys :)

my mum runs two pc boxes next to each other, and swaps the keyboard/vid/mouse over every time she wants to alternate between the two boxes, so i thought buying her a KVM switch for xmas would be an awesome idea !

question though - she also has a USB Printer she swaps over each time she does this as well

Now i know nothing about kvm switches, is it possible to plug a usb printer into one ?

or would buying a USB Splitter cable to split the printer cable work ?

At no point with both boxes be powered on at the same time , hence i thought the split usb cable idea could work ?

thanks :)


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  Reply # 99825 13-Dec-2007 19:54
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You don't say if the monitors are D-Sub or DVI so assuming they're D-Sub, this is what you need:

It also switches audio and allows you to share USB peripherals such as a printer.  If the monitors are DVI, there are also DVI models available.

I've been using a similar ATEN 4 port KVM for ages and it works great.  You can get cheaper KVM's but I've found ATEN stuff to be particularly good.


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  Reply # 99827 13-Dec-2007 20:04
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This might not suit your Mum's situation, but Synergy (free) allows you to have two seperate computers controlled by a single keyboard and mouse. You need two monitors, but you can also access both computers simultaneously.


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