This solution explains how you can use one keyboard and mouse for two computers with a USB switch. USB switches allows you to connect and share multiple USB devices on the network like keyboards, mouse, USB drives etc.
This is a common scenario where you would have two computers and do not want to use multiple keyboards and mouse for both.
The best solution is to use IOGEAR 4×4 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch
This device has the capability to share 4 USB devices with 4 computers. You can connect your USB keyboard and mouse to the USB ports on the IOGEAR 4×4 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch and the computers to the other end.
A screenshot of the device is shown below. The device has two sides. You connect the computers to one side and the keyboard and mouse to the other side.
It can be observed that there are 4 USB ports on the above screenshot in the device. This is where you connect the keyboard and mouse. Note that there would be two slots free. You can connect additional devices if required.
The above screenshot shows the section where you need to connect your computer. You can connect upto 4 computers with this device.
1. What are the USB versions the device supports
The device supports USB 2.0 and USB 3.0
2. How do I switch between two computers
There is a button on the device which would allow you to do that.
3. How do I know which computer is active at a time
The LED button would display the active computer.
3. What is the data transfer rate the device provides.
The data transfer rate is 5 Gbps
4. I do not need to share 4 computers but two. Is there a version of the device which supports two computers ?
There is a version which supports only 2 computers. You can check it out here – IOGEAR 4×4 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch
With this version, you can share 2 computers with 4 USB devices.
The IOGEAR 4×4 USB 3.0 Peripheral Sharing Switch would be the best device if you want to share multiple USB devices with multiple computers.
Th device allows to switch automatically between computers at the press of a button and also has the capacity to share 2 or more computers.