One keyboard multiple machines - any such animal


  1. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #1

    One keyboard multiple machines - any such animal


    Hi folks
    is it possible to control say up to 4 machines with a single keyboard -- I'd like something with a simple switch / key numbered say 1 to 4 - just press it and keyboard is routed to the relevant machine.

    Note I don't need a separate box if possible -- switch should be integrated on to the keyboard --- I'm trying to save space and have a more orderly hardware arrangement in home office / Lab.

    Monitors are easy enough but multiple keyboards is a REAL PAIN - especially if Wired as well !!!!

    Any ideas folks.

    Thanks --and Happy Newy Year everyone.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. Posts : 14,603
    Windows 10 IoT
       #3

    There are Bluetooth keyboards that can link to multiple devices. You then press a key on the keyboard to pick which device it connects too.
    https://www.amazon.ca/version%EF%BC%.../dp/B01NBFE11F
    Rii K16 Dual-mode Bluetooth &RF wireless keyboard
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  4. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
    Thread Starter
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    alphanumeric said:
    There are Bluetooth keyboards that can link to multiple devices. You then press a key on the keyboard to pick which device it connects too.
    https://www.amazon.ca/version%EF%BC%.../dp/B01NBFE11F
    Rii K16 Dual-mode Bluetooth &RF wireless keyboard
    Hi there
    problem with that solution is a) Most desktop computers / servers don't have blue tooth and b) you have to keep unpairing and pairing to new device.

    I've currently got 4 keyboards --real mess even though 2 are wired and 2 are USB wireless.

    It would be much easier if a simple key on the keyboard could root output to relevant machine avoiding total spaghetti like knitting !!!

    I've colour coded the relevant keyboards but still often pick the wrong one !!!

    2 X servers and 2 X tower type desktops.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My Computer


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    Synergy is OK however it's no longer free, last free version is still available on third party sites though, I'm trying out Input Director which is free for personal use and has no restrictions. Input Director - Software KVM to Control Multiple Computers
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    Windows 10 IoT
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    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    problem with that solution is a) Most desktop computers / servers don't have blue tooth and b) you have to keep unpairing and pairing to new device.

    I've currently got 4 keyboards --real mess even though 2 are wired and 2 are USB wireless.

    It would be much easier if a simple key on the keyboard could root output to relevant machine avoiding total spaghetti like knitting !!!

    I've colour coded the relevant keyboards but still often pick the wrong one !!!

    2 X servers and 2 X tower type desktops.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    That keyboard can pair with multiple devices. No having to unpair and repair. Check the 3 green Bluetooth keys. I think it can handle 4 devices, 3 anyway from the picture of the keyboard. from the description "It could connect 3 Bluetooth devices and 1 RF wireless device at the same time." I want one for use with my many Raspberry Pi's. They have onboard Bluetooth. Right now I end up moving my dongle from device to device.
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  7. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
    Thread Starter
       #7

    alphanumeric said:
    That keyboard can pair with multiple devices. No having to unpair and repair. Check the 3 green Bluetooth keys. I think it can handle 4 devices, 3 anyway from the picture of the keyboard. from the description "It could connect 3 Bluetooth devices and 1 RF wireless device at the same time." I want one for use with my many Raspberry Pi's. They have onboard Bluetooth. Right now I end up moving my dongle from device to device.
    Hi there

    Glešilegt nżtt įr (Happy New Year !!!)

    I'll get some Blue tooth dongles -- seems to be the easiest way -- I've enough USB ports on servers etc -- 4 X USB3 plus a load of hubs so should be OK

    Thanks

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Posts : 2,302
    Win10 202H
       #8

    Logitech has a range of Multi device Keyboards ( and Mice) you should check out too eg the 380,480 and 780 probably others , I also have a Microsoft one that does multiples. Not sure about a Full size keyboard though...

    I guess a regular 4 port KVM ( USB or PS2) isn't an option?


    KB
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