Which is the right KVM for me? | Choosing the right KVM | Work from home | Work computer & personal computer setup




If you have 2 monitors in your setup you will need a Dual Monitor KVM.




If you have a single monitor shared between multiple devices (laptops, gaming consoles, gaming computer, etc) you will need:

Enterprise Models:

Common Questions

A KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switch is a hardware device that allows a user to control multiple computers from a single keyboard, video monitor, and mouse.  Previously KVM's were mostly seen in data centers but in recent years have expanded to the consumer market due to the number of video devices that many homeowners use (computers, streaming devices, game consoles, security systems, etc.)
A KVM is different from an HDMI switch by adding the keyboard and mouse functionality. HDMI switches are very inexpensive because they are very limited in functionality. If a computer is one of the many inputs that need to be managed, a KVM will be the preferred device.
Yes. If you have issues with functionality, please try the USB2.0 port. Please note that using the USB 2.0 port will disallow keyboard hotkeys for switching. Only dedicated keyboard/mouse ports have hotkey functionality.
Please email us at contact@buytesmart.com and describe your computer environment. If we are unable to resolve the issue, we can provide a new device to confirm the problems are specific to that unit or initiate a hassle-free return.
No, the KVM does not have built in Bluetooth. Therefore any Bluetooth device will bypass the KVM and connect directly to the computers. For example Apple Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard will not connect to the KVM. If you can connect the device to a USB dongle then connecting this to the USB 2.0 port of the KVM it could work.
Keyboards that do not have a scroll lock button like Apple dedicated keyboards will need to change the hotkey command to [Right CTRL] button. You can make this change by holding down the select button for about 15 sec (or until the KVM beeps). Or using the command [Scroll Lock+Scroll Lock+F1] using another compatible keyboard. Rigth Ctrl is now the hotkey command.
Yes, here are our options for Dual Monitor KVMs. Each computer needs 2 video connections for the dual monitors to work. Whichever one needs the least amount of adapter is the best option.
Yes its not an issue. Check out this article to help you connect the single input to correlate to right output.
Yes, please see the list of approved connectors for each protocol.
Yes. They support all 21:9 and 16:9 monitors.
The second generation chipset has a wider range of compatibility (A2U) most keyboards have passed our testing. If the keyboard is not compatible then the USB 2.0 port can be used. All keyboards and mice will work through the USB2.0 port but they will not have hotkey functionality.
Using the hotkey command: Scroll Lock, Scroll Lock, F11.
Due to robust demand, we typically ship the products airfreight. This has caused issues with hazardous goods regulations. The remote requires a CR2025 battery, which can be found at most convenience and grocery stores.
Press the number that corresponds to the input that you would like to select. Press “P” to turn on/off the autoscan feature. The remote is designed to be used across several models so only certain buttons will function with your device.
Most models have the ability to reassign Scroll Lock to Right-CTRL. Please refer to the manuals for the hotkey instructions. All manuals are listed here.
Absolutely. Each port is equipped with EDID. The switch will adjust the resolution for each port based on the capabilities of the input device and monitor. If Port 1 has a computer that can only provide 1920x1080, you can also have a computer in Port 2 at 3840x2160. The switch will send the appropriate resolution to the monitor. Likewise, if one computer requires an adapter such as VGA to HDMI, you can continue to use a normal HDMI cable on the other ports. Please note that your monitor will need to accept 3840x2160 to achieve that resolution.
We have tested several Mac computers (2018 Macbook Pro, 2012 Mac Mini, 2008 MacPro) and have not had issues. That said, recent versions of MacOS (since High Sierra and Mojave) limit the refresh rate of external monitors to 30 hz. The resolution limitation is not an issue with the KVM but a software limitation of Apple's operating system. There are several workarounds posted on the internet. M1 Macs have a single monitor limitation that will require a docking station with display link software to operate dual monitors. We have a video dedicated to this here.
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What do I need to Install the KVM?

Most Laptops have a Type C Port, MiniDisplay Port, Thunderbolt 1 and 2: Mini DisplayPort; Thunderbolt 3 and 4: USB-C. These can be converted to HDMI or Display port easily using an approved adapter. Remember the connection flows FROM>TO. Therefore if you have a Type C on your laptop and need HDMI Port you will need a Type C to HDMI Adapter.
No not all computers need a docking station. We recommend docking stations for computers that do not have the necessary ports available, in most cases adapters can solve this.
Yes, most of the KVMs have a USB 2.0 port that can support any of these devices. Since it is a single USB 2.0 port you will need a powered USB hub to connect more devices.
No these devices are connected via Bluetooth so they will bypass the KVM and connect directly to the computers. The KVM does not have built in Bluetooth, if you can pair a Bluetooth dongle receiver to a device then this can be connected to the USB 2.0 port on the KVM.
On occasion TV's will exhibit "overscaling" issues. This is due to the input device, typically a PC, having a slightly different resolution than a television. There are a number of ways to correct the issue by making adjustments to Windows and Mac operating systems.
A cable that is 30 ft or less can transmit High Def quality at 60Hz
A cable that is 15 ft or less can transmit Ultra HD quality at 30Hz
A cable that is 10 ft or less can transmit Ultra HD quality at 60Hz
Occasionally the mouse movement for Mac operating systems may jump. Please try using the USB2.0 port for your mouse input. If problems continue, please confirm the mouse works correctly when plugged directly into the PC that exhibits the issue. Logitech or keyboard software installed into the computer can cause issues, uninstalling this software can fix the interference.
Unfortunately, not all multimedia functions are passed through the KVM to the input PC. We recommend trying the USB2.0 port but we cannot guarantee all multimedia functions.
Here is our approved adapter list. Make sure to choose the correct FROM and TO adapters.




Jumpy mouse | erratic behavior | repeating keys | multimedia keys not working | No mouse | No keyboard 


First of all make sure you have the USB connection established 



Once the connection is established you should have the "Online Light" on this indicates the connection is active this is what makes the communication between the peripherals(Mouse, keyboard, USB devices) and the computers. 


If  you're having erratic mouse behavior, dropouts, or repeating keys when connected to the dedicated mouse/keyboard ports, this could be because the dedicated mouse and keyboard ports have EDID programming. This emulation is what allows the switch to receive hotkeys and mouse gestures but conflicts with gaming peripherals and select mouse/keyboard brands. 
  • Solution 1: We see issues occur sometimes when there is Logitech or keyboard/mouse software (corsair,razer or etc.) installed into the computer. You can search your "Apps & Features" and uninstall this software. This should stop the confliction between the hotkey software and keyboard/mouse software. 
  • Solution 2: Another possible cause could be IR interference if you're using wireless keyboard/mouse, since the USB port is in the back of the KVM there could be interference due to distance and the cables. Using a USB extender to bring the USB dongle closer to the devices will strengthen the connection.


If that still doesn't work we recommend using the USB 2.0 port with a powered USB hub as a workaround. Because the USB port does not have EDID emulation, keyboard hotkeys and mouse gesture switching are not available to devices that use the USB input.  


My audio isn't working | speakers are not working | no audio

Your computer will transmit audio via the video connections. If audio is not working, please go to your sound settings and choose the correct output device. This is typically listed as the monitor that is connected to the KVM because the audio is transmitting via the video connections. If you have an external device plugged into the audio mini-jack, the switch duplicates the audio signal from the HDMI input to the monitor and mini-jack out. Generally we just try all of the outputs one of them is correct.  

    Hotkeys not working | Hotkey Issues | No Scroll Lock on keyboard | Loud Beep

    The 2nd generations KVMs have the hotkey switching feature so the hotkey command can be changed from Scroll Lock to Right CRTL.   

    If your hotkeys stopped working it is possible that you switched the Scroll Lock command to Right CTRL by accident pressing Scroll Lock+ Scroll Lock+F1



    1. RightCtrl+RightCtrl+F1 or long press the yellow select button for about 30 seconds (This will reset it back to the original)

    2. After the constant loud beep, reboot the device



    This feature was designed for MAC users who do not have a Scroll Lock key available on their keyboards.

    Pressing Scroll Lock+Scroll Lock+F1 or long press the yellow select button on the front panel to reset it until it makes a constant beep will switch the hotkey Command to Right CTRL . Please reboot the device and you setting should be restored. Right CTRL+Right CTRL+__ is your hotkey command now.


    For MAC users: In order to use the HotKey switching function on a keyboard without the Scroll Lock key, please connect a regular keyboard to your MAC and press ScrlLck+ScrlLck+F1. This will change the ScrlLck to RightCtrl and you should be able to change inputs using RightCtrl+RightCtrl+3(3 should be replaced by the input number you want to change to). This is a one time thing and the setting will save permanently even after you reboot the KVM.


    Some keyboards have the Scroll Lock button as dual functions meaning they share 1 button, you may have to press FN+ Scroll Lock to activate the scroll Lock key. We go over this on this video


    Flashing Monitor | Snow screen | Blank Monitor| 


    Here are some common reasons that would cause this is 

    • Bad Cable- Its pretty rare but sometimes the video connection could fail. Try testing this connection directly to a monitor to confirm the connection works outside of the KVM.


    • Bad ports- Either on the KVM or computer side. On the computer side, swap it with another computer if available. On the KVM test the failing port with another computer that is known to be working with the KVM. It the issue is USB(keyboard/mouse) failure, make sure you have the Online Light on, this indicates that the USB connection is active.



    • Non-standard resolution than the other working monitor- Try to change resolution for the problematic monitor to the same as the other working monitor. Its possible that the selected resolution is not supported by the KVM therefore this will result in a blank screen or flickering. 


    • Docking station issues-Its pretty rare to have incompatible docks but it does happen with some older docking stations for example the HP Ultraslim Dock 2013


    • Monitor-Make sure the monitor is set to the right input source.


    May 5, 1:35 PM EDT

    When I connect the monitor directly to the laptop it works fine, however I cannot get a picture when I connect my laptop to my monitor through the KVM that I just purchased. I am using the cables that were provided with the KVM, and the laptop is currently set to 1920x1080. When connected through the KVM the laptop sees the monitor (i.e. I see the monitor version listed in Advanced Display Settings in Windows and when I unplug the monitor from the back of the KVM it disappears from Advanced Display Settings in Windows, plug it in and it comes back). I have windows set to “duplicate” my display. Am I doing something wrong or is this KVM defective?


     4 Port KVM HDMI 2.0

    Laptop: Legion Y520-15IKBN Laptop (Lenovo)

     Lenovo Legion Y520

    Monitor: VP3481 - ViewSonic - 34" IPS LED Curved QHD FreeSync Monitor with HDR



    Ok, ran a few tests with the hardware that I have in the house, here is a summary. . .

    1. Raspberry Pi -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    2. Surface Pro 4 -> Official Microsoft Surface Mini Display Port to HDMI Dongle model 1819 -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    3. Surface Pro 4 -> Official Microsoft Surface Dock Model 1749 -> Official Microsoft Surface Mini Display Port to HDMI Dongle model 1819 -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    4. Surface Pro 4 -> Official Microsoft Surface Mini Display Port to HDMI Dongle model 1553 -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    5. Surface Laptop 3 -> Official Microsoft Surface USB C to HDMI Dongle model 1857 -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    6. Lenovo -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    7. Lenovo -> USB C -> Targus Dock190 -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Works
    8. Lenovo -> HDMI -> KVM -> HDMI -> Monitor = Broken


    It appears that the issue is isolated to that Lenovo, when connecting directly to the KVM, however I am confused as to why the port on the Lenovo works when I connect it directly to the monitor bypassing the KVM.

    What do I need | What adapter | Adapter guide 


    Please be aware that a lot of cable do not support bi-directional video transmission.

    Even though you might be able to get all connections to connect right it will still not work!


    For example if you have a VGA out from your laptop and a HDMI in on the KVM, you will need a VGA TO HDMI cable which will only transmit one way from your laptop to the monitor. Let's say the the scenario was reversed and you have an HDMI out from the laptop and a VGA in on your monitor, the same cable will not work.


    We are aware that some generic adapters/converters will not work with the KVM even though its the right adapter and works independently when not connected with the KVM.

    Hence we have complied a list of all the adapter/converters from different video inputs to different outputs and make it as easy as possible for you to pick the right one.

    All the converters/adapters listed in the link are tested in our labs with our devices and are recommended to work well with all of our product line up. Check it out here: Approved adapters