KVM cables and switch work well
I originally purchase a set of KVM cables and switch to facilitate trasfer of files between my old system and new. I haven't done that, since I can now use which ever computer or operating system which would work better (one has Windows 98/2 and the other Windows XP Home). There will be, however, a mess of cables behind the computers.
I use a KVM switch and cables which have PS2 and monitor connections. If you have to share printers or phone cables, you will have to get the appropriate switch for that function. If your computers are properly networked, then you can use one printer and one broadband connection from the "host" computer. If you have a high resolution monitor setting you use, you will need to see whether the video connection supports it. There are KVM cables with USB connections, too, but I'm not sure whether the connections will be recognized before boot-up has been completed.
There are also KVM switches just for the keyboard and mouse--in both PS2 and USB configurations, but if you want to just do that, it would be as easy to get two sets of the same model of wireless mouse and keyboard combination and set the bases to different channels.
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