The Aten CS661 is what’s known as a KVM switch or a keyboard, video and mouse sharing device. The CS661 simplifies the whole idea and shares KVM via a USB cable without requiring any kind of network. Aimed squarely at professional on-the-go people and home users, the KVM can only be used between two Windows PCs, running anything from 2k to Vista.
Getting connected is simple, plug the local end of the switch into the local PC and the remote end into the remote PC and you can control and see both desktops from the local PC. You can also perform file transfers between the two computers and you can oversee the whole thing via a GUI interface. The switch even has a USB port so you can plug in your peripherals for use by the local PC. There’s plenty of other uses too, check the applications page and see where you fit in.
I don’t know, it’s pretty nifty and all but the lack of cross platform support kinda breaks it for me as a home user. Might be a great idea for using your netbook for long stints without inducing a bout of carpal paralysis though. Shop around, it retails for a little over $US100.
The CS661 is a breakthrough product, as it allows the user to control two computers at once in a similar way to a KVM switch. The screen of the remote computer is displayed on the local computer so the user can control both the local and remote computer at the same time. However, the CS661 is not a conventional KVM switch because it allows a laptop to replace the traditional keyboard, mouse and monitor of a second computer. Furthermore, unlike a conventional KVM switch, the CS661 also supports file transfers between computers without the need for a costly network.