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Usb keyboard

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by handyman, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. handyman

    handyman

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    Just got a new usb keyboard but I would like to use it on 2 machines right next to each other. Look at the switches but one machine is hdmi and the other is the standard cable to the display. Do they make a usb cable that that will plug into the keyboard key and split to the 2 computers? I have looked but don't see anything. Thanks
     
  2. GAFinch

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  3. kc8ykd

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    if your two computers have their own monitors why not use Synergy+ for free? you can use the singular keyboard and mouse to control both computers.

    you'd need some sort of usb switch to accomplish what you mention as the keyboard would need to be switched between either machine, lest you start typing and it shows up on both at the same time (this really wouldn't happen due to the nature of usb, but a simple y-adapter wouldn't work either)
     
  4. JimmyN

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    I second the vote for Synergy, I've been using it for about 6 years now. No hardware, no switches, no extra cables. It's just like having one PC with multiple displays, and someone sitting down at your keyboard wouldn't realize each monitor was a different PC until they notice each screen has it's own taskbar.

    What works real well for me is that it's cross platform and will run on *NIX or Windows. My left monitor is UNIX, the center and right monitors are Windows. I can actually highlight and copy text from an email in the left monitor (UNIX OS) then move the mouse over to the far right monitor (Windows OS) and paste the text into Word. How slick is that. The keyboard and anything stored in the clipboard follows the mouse cursor.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  5. handyman

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    The display is the same just have 2 cables going to it. Went to the synergy web page but I was wondering do both computers have to be on? Looked on the page but didn't see anything, the reason I would like to do this I got a lighted keyboard. I was hoping for a usb cable to split into two I have looked alot and can't find anything.
     
  6. kc8ykd

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    yes, the other computer would need to be on.

    basically, with synergy+, you'd use the keyboard and mouse to control the other machine (it also requires it's own display).

    but, it sounds like you might have one machine on and the other off at any given time, so what you're looking for is a USB switch.

    this would work, and allow you to use a singular usb mouse (or other device) as well:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...d=1011101&p_id=2995&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

    or, if you just want to switch one usb port:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10111&cs_id=1011101&p_id=2994&seq=1&format=2
     
  7. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    So - You can run the other computers with only a monitor, power, and ethernet?

    Sudo Headless?

    And that's it???

    I may have to try that out...
     
  8. kc8ykd

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    synergy+ lets you control other machines of various platforms, but it requires they each have their own monitor.

    so, for example, you've got under your desk a linux machine, a windows box and a mac.

    you've got a monitor for each on your desk, but only one keyboard and mouse connected to any.

    synergy+ lets you use that keyboard and mouse on any of the three machines.


    if you want to control headless machines, you can use dumb terms depending on the os, or rdp for windows boxes, vnc for windows and linux and mac or any other remote control program (or ssh or telnet depending on the os you're connecting to).
     
  9. handyman

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    That is what I was looking for thank-you.