KVM for MBP and Mac Pro (DVI and Mini Displayport)
February 23, 2013 6:20 AM Subscribe
How can I best share a monitor, keyboard and Magic Trackpad between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro?
posted by Joleta to computers & internet (16 answers total)
I've got a 2009 Mac Pro with a DVI out and just got a 2010 15" Macbook Pro with Mini Displayport. The Mac Pro is connected to an Asus 24" monitor's DVI port, but the monitor also has a VGA port (which I've read is not as "good" as DVI) and an HDMI port. I also have an Apple wired keyboard and a Bluetooth Magic Trackpad, as well as a regular Apple wired mouse around here somewhere.
My company gave me the MBP and wants me to get all my work stuff off my personal computer. I want to hook up the MBP so that I can leave it closed and use the same monitor and keyboard (and hopefully, the magic Track Pad) that I use for the desktop machine, switching back and forth during the day. The VGA KVM switch that the guy at Best Buy tried to sell me obviously won't work, at least not without a lot of adapters. I'm used to Apple stuff being easier to integrate than this.
What combination of switch and cables do I need? Price is a consideration, but not the most important one.