KVM Switches

How Can I Control One Computer From Another?

Symless Synergy

Episode 1789

Gary from Scottsdale, AZ

Gary has a Windows and Mac computers, each with its own keyboards and displays. Is there a product that would allow him to use his Mac laptop to control his iMac? Leo says you can use a KVM switcher to link all the computers and switch from computer to computer. Also, check out Symless Synergy. It's a program that will make one computer act as a server and use clients on the other computers, so they can be controlled remotely. 

How can I switch between two computers with one monitor?

KVM HDMI Switch

Episode 1621

Jay from Temecula, California

Jay would like to plug in a Raspberry Pit and Mac Mini into the same monitor. Is there a switch for that? Leo says that while the Pi has an HDMI, the MacMini also offers Thunderbolt 3. So you want to get an HDMI capable monitor. Jay also says that Pi 4 is going to be TB3 compatible. Leo says if that's the case, then a splitter could be easy. Or one that has multiple inputs. KVM switches are more flexible. IOGear makes some of the best ones. Monoprice have some that are good. Most use software to control them. Leo has one called IHSE DRACO for the studio.

How can I use one monitor with two computers?

KVM Switch

Episode 1544

Charisse from Lancaster, CA

Charisse wants to know if she can connect a new Mac Mini to her Samsung TV. Leo says it will if she has the same connectors on that TV, but it won't really be that crisp.

Can she use one keyboard and mouse for both the Mac Mini and her Surface? Leo says she can, if she gets a KVM switch. She'll plug them both into the output plug, then plug everything else into it. Then she can use a button to move back and forth between the two computers.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1065

Dick says that while it's been around for awhile, he just got an IOGEAR 2 Port USB Cable KVM Switch with Audio and Mic connections. He uses it to switch between computers and still use the same monitor and keyboard. Leo says he's used them for years and they just plain work! Dick says it took five minutes to install. There are no additional cables or software needed. You don’t need a power supply either; it’s just plug & play. It's $26, or $17 without the audio connection.