TRENDnet 2-Port USB KVM Switch Kit (Includes 2x KVM Cables) TK-207K (Blue)

Posted on 2011-10-04
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Hi guys: I just bought that item from amazon to switch between my 2 laptops. One has XP and one has vista installed. My question is do I need to buy extra keyboard n mouse too or I just hookup both laptops with that device and press the select button, it will switch it automatically. Also it comes with the CD. I don't know why it needs a CD as it should works without installing any program on both laptops. Thanks
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This seems a strange thing ot buy for 2 laptops (as they already have screens/KBs/mice built-in.  Normallly you'd buy it for servers and desktops which don't already have a screen/KB/mouse.

Anyway yes you're supposed to buy 1 monitor, KB and mouse to hook up to your KVM device.  The input from this KB & mouse will go to one laptop, and then when you press SWITCh it'll go to the other laptop.  Vice versa with the screen data coming back.

You may have problems with the screen data though.  Laptops primarily display though their built-in screen, or you can display out the VGA port by normally pressing a key combo like Fn + F7.  Your separate KB will probably not have a Fn key.  So every time you switch controls or reboot a laptop, you'll probably have to press Fn + F7 on the physical laptop's KB.

You're probably right about not needing the CD, but I'm guessing it contains drivers for the "USB KB & mouse" that you're plugging into the laptop via the KVM.

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So what I need to buy for laptop to switch them

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It means I can't play with 2 laptops. I have to have another laptop or extra monitor with the KB
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Yes you will need an extra monitor, KB & mouse to plug into the KVM.

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