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Single peripheral setup connected to two different PCs(laptops) at once?

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#1 alexghost969


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

Hopefully this is the right subforum...


So currently for my home setup I am using two different laptops side by side, each with an external monitor.  Certainly not the most efficient setup but somewhat necessary for the time being.  One laptop is an older dell running linux, and the other is a new XPS 13 running Windows.


I tend to switch back and forth between using both systems because I do a variety of things on either OS interlaced.  Problem is I obviously prefer using a fullsized keyboard and mouse when I'm at my desk, but of course I am using two seperate machines. 


I am trying to figure out a way to have a single keyboard and mouse connected to both systems... and I guess have some sort of active switch for the one that I am currently using?  Anybody ever had a setup like this or have any ideas, hardware or software, on how I could do this?





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#2 britechguy


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 10:24 PM

See:  Switch to control 2 pc's from one monitor?


And before you ask, yes, it does apply since a KVM switch is what you'll be using.  It's covered in great detail in that thread from a few days ago.

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 10:33 PM

Buy a KVM Switch , and connect to external Display Port from each Laptop to a Dedicated Monitor.

I do this for 3 Pcs and works fine using one Keyboard and Mouse via Usb to the Switch ports.



Edited by Havachat, 03 June 2017 - 10:40 PM.

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