I am looking to switch my keyboard and mouse between a desktop computer and a laptop. The desktop resolution is 2560x1600, which eliminates most (but not all) KVM switches. The monitor has the ability to switch between desktop and laptop. Both computers are plugged into the monitor. The audio is also not an issue for switching.
All KVM switches I have found come with cables that have physical connectors for audio, video, and USB. In this case, the audio and video connectors are superfluous. I could leave them disconnected, but then there'd be dangling bits of hardware (that a cat or infant could lick or bite). Also, I find the aesthetics of extraneous dangling bits to be displeasing. ;-)
The search results for USB KM switches are overrun by KVM switches, making it difficult to search for this particular hardware device.
I am wondering:
- What are such keyboard-mouse (KM) USB switches called?
- How would you eliminate the superfluous A/V connectors?
- Optionally, what components would be required to build such a switching device?
I contacted a 2-port USB KVM vendor and they recommended that I use the KVM cables that comes with the switch--as opposed to substituting a regular USB cable.
The device I have in mind would be similar to a USB 2-Way Manual Share Switch. I could use a USB Hub plugged into the Share Switch, but that's two devices when only one should be necessary.