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2 years ago#1
I just started looking into these for my professor I do research with. We have two computers and a dual monitor display between them. Ideally it'd be nice to just switch from one to the other while only using those two monitors and a single mouse and keyboard. So I started looking at KVM switches and got kind of confused about "max resolution" and if I really need DVI or VGA. The two monitors are Dell E190s (http://www.dell.com/ed/business/p/dell-e190s/pd), both of which are 1280x1024 in landscape setup.

Right now there is a DMS-59 on an older computer that is currently split into two DVI cables going to either monitor. On the other computer, there is only a single DVI and single VGA output on the card (which I believe is a GT 610). Would I need to change this out for something that can properly split a DVI signal (like the DMS-59) or can I buy a single DVI to 2xDVI splitter? I ask this because on several sites I keep reading that you can and cannot do that if you want an extended desktop display.

Granted I get the above figured out, would something like this be what I need?

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-Port-Switch-Audio-SV231DVIDDU/dp/B0015DCIA6/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1378394978&sr=1-2&keywords=kvm+dual+monitor+dvi

Thanks!
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2 years ago#2
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2 years ago#3
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2 years ago#4
I personally use Avocent KVM's at home and at work, they're a solid company for KVM's.

They may not be the best, but they work.

Warning, all KVM's should probably be connected to a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), whenever there is a power spike, surge, sag, you may lose recognition of your KB / mouse.

Make sure to connect it to the battery supplied plug.

It took me a while to figure out that problem before solving that weird problem.

As for which Avocent KVM, go to NewEgg and just browse, they have so many options.
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