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Hi,

I am writing to see if anyone has had any experience with a KVM Switch.  It stands for Keyboard, video, mouse, and it seems to be a general term for hardware switches which allow, among other things, one keyboard to control multiple computers.

I am particularly interested in connecting one PS/2 keyboard to both a DOS legacy system and a Windows PC.  While I know this is possible with a KVM switch, because it's in the promotional materials for virtually all that I've seen, I don't know if they will support concurrent control of two computers via that single keyboard.

Does anyone know whether a KVM switch would typically support my single PS/2 controlling both computers at the same time, with the same keystrokes?

I'd be really to hear back from you if you've had any experience with these switches.  I've actually been working diligently trying to get this configuration to  work for some time, and just tonight learned about KVM switches. I hope that it's what I need and would love to hear from you.


Thanks,
BOb
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They work great.  They are frequently used in data centers.  I'm using one right now.  There are GOOD KVMs and BAD KVMs.  DOS systems don't care and this should work fine.  Windows systems typically need to detect the mouse and keyboard at boot - once booted, they are fine.  CHEAP KVMs might not allow a system to detect the Keyboard and Mouse IF it's not the active system (the one currently using the keyboard, video and mouse).
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Put simply, I wouldn't hesitate to get a KVM in your situation.  Belkin seems to make some relatively good and relatively cheap ones.  Really expensive ones can control 16 or more systems and chain together.  I'm using a Raritan 8 port one now.
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Thanks for your help.
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