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Investing in the best computer mouse comes with its perks. However, many don’t fully understand the extent of capabilities built into the modern mouse. One function that’s useful for many situations is the ability to control multiple computers with the same mouse. If this piques your interest, stick with us as we explain how to use the same keyboard and mouse for the two computers below.
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Pricier KVM switches support more advanced features, such as hotkey switching.
Many people own personal and work laptops or multiple gaming computers, and it seems like a needless expense to buy an external mouse and keyboard for both devices. With the right software solutions, you can easily set a single mouse up to control multiple devices. However, there is also a hardware device known as a KVM switch that accomplishes the same task.
Below, we’ll explain how each option works.
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The easiest way to connect a single keyboard and mouse is through a software program. First, research a version compatible with your compters’ operating systems.
Once you’ve found the correct version, download the software and connect your primary computer.
After connecting the first device, you’ll receive a code. Then, when you download the software on other computers, you can enter that code to add that computer to the cross-control system.
Turn off your mouse, keyboard, and all monitors you plan to connect to the KVM switch.
Plug in the power adapter and the video cables. Then turn on your monitors and switch the KVM to port 1.
Plug in your devices to the USB slots available on the switch. Take two male-to-male USB connection cables, plug them into the two computers, and then connect them to the KVM switch.
Try moving your mouse pointer and using your keyboard to ensure the connection is successful.
Free universal control software programs often have slower connectivity and fewer features.
STAT: A USB 3.0 KVM switch has the fastest connection speed and a bandwidth of 5 gigabits per second. (source)