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    USB Hub / KMV Switch

    Just wanted to know, Can i use a USB Hub as a KM switch as my monitor already has 2 inputs.
    Also how much do USB KMV switches cost anyway?

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    Simply stock a two-port Belkin USB KVM w/Audio switching at £38.76 (Simply code 47089). That any use to you? And "not as far as I'm aware" on the hub thing.

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    Never heard of being able to do that - they are two completely seperate things.

    Are both machines on the same network?

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    Are EvilMunky thinking "VNC"? Cause I would be...

    If the machines are already networked, depending on what you want to do with them, you might be able to do it via VNC and save the money.

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    remote desktop is better for Windows XP machines... but if you don't need any fast update rates, and got network, RDC or VNC would be the cheap and easy solutions.
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    i remember berklin doing a usb switch (so you can swap one portA to either of the two portB's on the unit. i think it was meant for printers.) so connect that up with a hub and you should be fine.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemeliza
    Just wanted to know, Can i use a USB Hub as a KM switch as my monitor already has 2 inputs.
    I don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemeliza
    Also how much do USB KMV switches cost anyway?
    2-port KVM switches including cables from arround 25 PS onward. I often use Kelkoo as a reference site for "decent" prices. (Indexed by Google, and they have everything I've ever tried to find a price on).
    http://shopping.kelkoo.co.uk/b/a/ss_Kvm_switches.html

    Watch out for switches without cables. For home use, Onscreen display (OSD) and keyboard based switching (Usually via double-tapping Ctrl key) is realy overkill. In server racks however it is a different ball-game as the switch-box is often not within arm's length from the work desk.

    I've never tried a KVM switch with audio switching capability, but I suspect this ain't not worth the extra money either.

    Hope this helps!

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    I'd advise against a keyboard style "switching method" and get the SWITCH BOX version.....

    cos lots of KVM boxes use a keystroke related to "control" plus another key

    and so does Windows......

    KVM switches are, of either sort, a great great idea

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    i'm using a usb switcher (printers, etc, lets you connect 4 pcs up to one device) right now. works perfectly with a logitech desktop.
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    Lots of response. Thanks for that people.

    The comps are networked but i need this to work at all times, ie even at boot time and during windooze installation. I will take a look at the usb KVMs

    I already have a PS2 KVM that was baught for me but its not use to me as i use a USB keyboard and mouse.

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    Next week I will probably be making a KB/M switch. A simple mechanical switch would do. You have 5 wires to switch per USB device, between two positions. I would prefer a single switch - 10PDT but these probably dont exist so Ill be finding an easyer version.

    total parts cost will be:
    2x USB socket (PCB mounting)
    1x USB plug (normal type)
    several meters of 5 or 10 way cable
    Box
    And the switch itself.

    So probably under £10+ postage if anyones interested.

    Each time its switched this way, it would apear to the pc as if the mouse or keyboard are unplugged, this wouldnt have any downside. PS2 based switchers had to have the mouse and kb always connected or it would potentially crash the pc which is why they cost so much more - for some reson usb based ones have kept the same price tags, but they seem to be more complex (OSD and remote switching, for example).

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    Quote Originally Posted by nichomach
    Are EvilMunky thinking "VNC"? Cause I would be...

    If the machines are already networked, depending on what you want to do with them, you might be able to do it via VNC and save the money.

    I would only use vnc across internet etc - within a ecure lan i would just use window remote desktop for the speeeeeeeed

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    damn right

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    Done.



    Contains one switch just for keyboard (cant use keyboard in bios if it goes through a hub), and another switch which has a cheap ebuyer 4 port usb1.1 hub. This is for mouse, joystick and any other devices I find on my floor (mess)...
    You need one switch per device and each switch can go between upto 3 pc's.. though Im lazy so only bothered with two...

    It works well, though Ive only tested it with one pc so far (the other is still in peices), but theres no reson why it wouldnt work with both.

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    how much that cost silentdeath? looks good.
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