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What type of splitter to use one keyboard/mouse on dual PCs?

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2 minutes ago, carsonwrobel said:

Does anyone have a fix for using a single keyboard on 2 PCs? Like i hit a switch and the keyboard connects to the other PC. Thanks in advance!

What you would be looking for is a KVM, it will switch both your keyboard and mouse including the monitor input. 

 

For example an HDMi version:

https://www.amazon.com/UGREEN-Switcher-Extended-Computer-Keyboard/dp/B07M8YZDVZ/ref=sr_1_19?dchild=1

Does anyone have a fix for using a single keyboard on 2 PCs? Like i hit a switch and the keyboard connects to the other PC. Thanks in advance!

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1 minute ago, carsonwrobel said:

Does anyone have a fix for using a single keyboard on 2 PCs? Like i hit a switch and the keyboard connects to the other PC. Thanks in advance!

KVM Switch.

These come in many varieties, like USB or PS/2 and with different video connectors (the V in KVM stands for video, after all).

 

These work basically how you described. You plug the KVM into both PC's, your keyboard and mouse (and optionally your monitor) into the KVM and then hit a button (button on the device or a keyboard combo button) to switch from one to another.

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2 minutes ago, carsonwrobel said:

Does anyone have a fix for using a single keyboard on 2 PCs? Like i hit a switch and the keyboard connects to the other PC. Thanks in advance!

What you would be looking for is a KVM, it will switch both your keyboard and mouse including the monitor input. 

 

For example an HDMi version:

https://www.amazon.com/UGREEN-Switcher-Extended-Computer-Keyboard/dp/B07M8YZDVZ/ref=sr_1_19?dchild=1

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There is one more option, if the PCs each have their own display next to each other, you can use software that allows you to move the pointer between the two systems. Keyboard will work on whichever system has the mouse pointer at the time.

 

The free one I use is below. Other paid solutions are also available.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-start/mouse-without-borders-mousewithoutborders/0523308d-3406-4273-b86e-bef28aa6b50d

 

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3 minutes ago, carsonwrobel said:

And it won't add any latency to my keyboard?

Not really since it's essentially a USB hub that you are swapping between the two PC's without having to manually unplug and plug. 

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I'm using a usb 3.0 kvm from ablewe right now. Hit a switch and mouse and keyboard switch between devices. If it adds any latency, it isnt noticeable to me.

 

Mostly picked this one because it was cheap and quick shipping on amazon. It does work fine though.

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