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Is it possible to connect 1 keyboard, 1 mouse to two separate computers at the same time?

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I have 2 computers.  I would like to use 1 keyboard and 1 mouse to control both of my computers at the same time.  Is this possible?  I would appreciate your help.  Thank you.
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by:John Hurst
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That is normally done with a KVM switch (or equivalent). Plug the two computers into the KVM switch and then attach the Keyboard and Mouse to the KVM switch.

Try something like this Trendnet USB switch.

http://accessories.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&sku=A2793901&ST=pla&dgc=ST&cid=3852&lid=5635587&acd=123088137920560&ven1={productid}:82727171957:901mtv7630:c&ven2=:
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Thank you.  Is USB or KMV switch safe from security perspective or hackable to transfer data between 2  computers?
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If you are using wired USB, it is perfectly safe.

There was some overblown noise about Logitech Unifying Receivers and the like, but wired USB is certainly safe.
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Thank you.  Is there a software in KMV that is hackable or is it a mechanical switch?
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It is an electronic switch but it is connected via USB cable. It is not hackable as there is no way in without attaching to the box.
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Thank you
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You are very welcome. If that is the information you wanted, you should close the question.
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