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Topic # 185861 8-Dec-2015 12:18
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Just wondering if anyone would know if there's a way to use one keyboard (Logitech K400 or Microsoft All-in-one media) on both a PS4 and an Xbox One. Would not be on at the same time obviously but would be nice to have a usb dongle in both devices which responds as required. I believe Xbox doesn't have Bluetooth so that's out and also believe dongles are paired to the keyboard they come with, so any thoughts anyone.....




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  Reply # 1442664 8-Dec-2015 13:15
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this should work, havent tried myself (its on my to buy list).  more expensive than a simple bluetooth keyboard, but will work with multiple devices and pairs nicely with the logitech remotes.



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  Reply # 1442757 8-Dec-2015 14:21
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Does look nice. About US$75 on amazon though. Already have Logitech and Microsoft keyboards (the ones I mentioned) and would be nice to use one of those somehow, but if not might succumb to temptation.




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  Reply # 1442804 8-Dec-2015 14:50
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there was one on trademe going for $50ish a few months ago, thats when I learnt about it.  I saw it about an hour before the auction closed, not enough time to do huge research on it, winning bid ended up be $130ish I think.

Sadly I can't find a local source for them, so Ill probably end up having to buy from ebay.

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  Reply # 1443181 8-Dec-2015 22:14
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You couldn't be sneaky and have like a USB cable - two male to one female, then plug the dongle into the female.  Plug each of the male ones into each console, and if you fire only one up at a time, maybe it should work?  Otherwise, a hub might do the same hub perhaps?

I was just looking at the question before, and was thinking my K400r works with both my PS4 and XBox One, but didn't realise the dongles are coded specifically. I tried a couple of other unify dongles but no luck.  Can't find a hub to try either (my stuff is all in boxes since I moved recently).

Yann



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  Reply # 1443324 9-Dec-2015 09:01
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That does sound a possibility, assuming such things exist - the cable I mean. Guess that's what google's for......




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  Reply # 1444640 9-Dec-2015 17:12
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I just had a quick look around and there is a USB Y cable which has 2 male to one female. However it looks like it was made for instances where one USB doesn't supply enough power so another is used to draw more power. Looks like the old portable HDD cables that came with enclosures a while ago.

Saw one on Trademe (ref 996090354), but like the ones I saw on ebay, it seems to indicate that only one of the male cables transfers data. Not sure whether there are others which transfer data on both, or whether that is physically possible.

Yann

Also there were things like this floating around too, not too sure how they would work out in use though:

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=USBATN0221&name=Aten-US224-2-Port-USB-2.0-Peripheral-Sharing-Devic



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  Reply # 1446674 9-Dec-2015 19:06
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Thanks, yes saw stuff like that on Amazon and Ebay and the info about power. Didn't see the Pbtech one though. Looks quite promising. Talks about computers not gaming stuff but hopefully usb is usb. Will just have to decide, considering how often a keyboard actually gets used on PS4s and stuff, whether to take the plunge or not.




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