How to Connect 2 Computers to 1 Monitor

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Connecting two computers to a single monitor requires the use of a KVM switch. KVM switches allow you to connect multiple computers, while only using one keyboard, mouse and monitor. If you want to control a different computer, you simply change the channel on the switch. It will then give control to another computer. Keep in mind that while you may be using one computer, the others are still running and operating as normal; they simply don't have access to a keyboard, mouse or monitor at that very moment.

Things You'll Need

  • KVM switch
  • Connect the KVM switch to a power outlet.

  • Connect the monitor, mouse and keyboard to the KVM switch.

  • Connect the cables from the KVM switch to each computer. The three needed cables will be paired for each KVM slot; just connect them to each computer as you would normally connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

  • Power on each computer, as well as the monitor. You should see the screen of one computer displayed on the monitor.

  • Change to the other computer by pressing the button on the KVM switch corresponding to the second computer. Sometimes, KVM switches will have a simple knob you turn to change channels.

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