27 Sep '13, 2pm

Roundup: KVM Switches and Remote-Access Apps

Roundup: KVM Switches and Remote-Access Apps

Photo: Daniel Dern Amidst my jam-packed desk, a KVM switch keeps the chaos of using multiple computers in check. Like many readers of this publication, I’ve got more than one computer at my desk. But I don’t want the additional clutter—and ergonomic disaster—of having a separate display, keyboard, and mouse for each system. Nor do I want to be constantly unplugging and replugging the monitor, keyboard, and mouse cables every time I want to use a different computer. Fortunately, there are two easy solutions: One involves hardware (keyboard-video-mouse, or KVM, switches) and the other involves software (remote-access programs. Both approaches are decades old, but a new generation of products is keeping pace with the demands of computers and peripherals that go way beyond those of an early-generation PC and a VGA monitor. KVM Switches A KVM switch lets you select which comput...

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