Sunday, May 24, 2009

How to choose a USB KVM switch

When purchasing a USB KVM switch it is important to make sure you get hardware that is capable of USB keyboard and mice. If you get a KVM switch that can only handle the PS/2 interface and you start converting from USB you are bound to run into problems. The proper USB KVM switch will have the proper engineering to allow them to function with USB keyboard and mice and they will be more reliable for you.

It is possible to mix PS/2 and USB, as long as the USB KVM switch will handle the conversion. Some switches will have settings that will allow you to specify, while other USB KVM switches will just be plug and play.Usually the USB KVM Switch will have seperate cables for USB and seperate cables for PS/2. On a few USB KVM switches you will have both USB and PS/2 connectors on the cable and you just use the one that you need.

A USB KVM switch may also have a USB hub built into it. This would allow you to attach hard drives, printers, scanners, and many other peripherals to the USB KVM switch and be able to share them between the two computers. This can be very convienent in offices, and places where multiple people may need to be using the same type of equipment.

These are just things to keep in mind because nothing is worse than getting hardware and having it not make things easier like it is supposed to. Proper planning and knowledge can get you hardware like USB KVM switches that will work like they should. Proper planning when buying something like a USB KVM switch is essential, because you don't want to get the hardware and then have it not work and have to troubleshoot it. That is why you should know what your KVM switch can handle.

For more information on USB KVM switches, and just general KVM knowledge, visit my KVM Knowledge Blog

1 comment:

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