If you are planning on controlling multiple computers from a single monitor setup, you may want to consider investing in a KVM switch. This device allows you to control multiple computers while using the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
This guide will tell you about some of the most important features to consider when looking for a KVM switch.
Features To Look For
Number of Computers
The number of computers that a KVM switch can control varies. Make sure that you pick a switch that is capable of controlling the number of computers necessary. Typically, the largest KVM switches that you can find have 64 ports.
Hardware vs. Software
KVM switches are available as physical devices and software.
Software switches are more inexpensive, but do not offer the same features and are unable to connect to as many computers. Hardware KVM switches offer more features and can connect to many more computers. However, they are significantly more expensive than software switch programs.
One of the most important features to consider is how much distance it can cover. The distance it can cover will depend on the cables that the KVM kit comes with.
To learn more about the different cables that KVM kits can use and which are best for long distances, read our article here.
Make sure that the cables your kit comes with are compatible with both your monitor and the computers you’re using. If they aren’t compatible, you will need to purchase an additional converter kit.