If you have continually upgraded your PC over the years, you probably have a stash of spare parts laying around. If you are lucky, it's enough to build another complete PC. Or maybe you just want to run a dedicated server on your local network (LAN). However, space and money constraints may leave you with a monitorless PC. What can you do? A keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switch may meet your needs.
Since my latest round of upgrading left me enough to build that third PC but I didn't have enough room for another monitor, I decided to purchase a KVM switch. I've had a little experience with KVM switches because I recently got a Belkin OmniView SE at work. Unfortunately, the OmniView is very expensive and doesn't come with cables. A cost effective solution was Linksys's PS2KVMSK.
|-- Control Multiple Computers from a Single Keyboard, Monitor, and Mouse|
|-- Switch Instantly Between PCs|
|-- Supports 1920 x 1440 Maximum Screen Resolution|
|-- Serves as a Quick Docking Station for Notebook Computers|
|-- Full Plug & Play Monitor Support|
|-- Caps, Num, and Scroll Lock Settings Are Automatically Recalled by each PC|
|-- Runs with Most PS/2 and Windows 95 Keyboards|
|-- Compatible with Virtually All Major PS/2 Mice|
|-- No Software Required|
|-- Free Technical Support|
|-- Comes with 2 cables for hookup|
|-- One Year Warranty|
|-- $65 Street Price|
The PS2KVM is a very compact unit measuring approximately 4 1/2"L x 3 1/2"W x 1"H and is well constructed.
Three of the sides contain the connectors for the two PC's and the Keyboard-Video-Mouse. Thw fourth side contains the button for switching between PC's. The cables that come with the unit are excellent - heavy duty and group in threes to reduce cable clutter. As the features above indicated, no software is required to operate the switch.