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Is there a USB splitter that would allow me to quickly switch between multiple PC's?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have a desktop at home I use regularly but I also have a work laptop that I sometimes have to use. When I work from home I hook my laptop up to two of my monitors and then I just unplug my keyboard, mouse, and amp/dac from my desktop and plug it into my laptop. Is there some kind of splitter I can use to quickly switch between devices without having to unplug cords everytime? 

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You're looking for a KVM, which stands for Keyboard, Video, mouse.

Of course the video part of these items is optional.


There are tons of different models, but the basic idea is:

You got a hub of some sorts, with USB and video inputs, where you plug in your keyboard, mouse and whatever other USB stuff (typically they have 2 USB ports). Then it has two sets of cables out, one set goes to your PC, the other to your laptop.

They typically have a switch/button on them which you click to be connected to either one or the other.


Using a solution like this, you will only have to plug in the cables from the KVM to your laptop, but pair it with a docking station which uses just 1 plug on your laptop, you could bring it down to just 1 cable (the cable from the docking station to your laptop, the docking station has the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. and that plugs into the KVM).

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