Software KVM vs. Hardware KVM

A KVM switch allows you to share one mouse & keyboard with multiple computers.

Please learn more the benefits of using a Software KVM compared to KVM hardware switch boxes.

Benefits of a Software KVM

Side-by-Side Comparison

  Hardware KVM Software KVM
Setup Lots of wiring.

1 minute software installation only.

The Software KVM "ShareMouse" can even run from a USB thumb drive.


You must press a button to switch between computers.

This procedure interrupts your workflow as you need to move the hand from the mouse to the keyboard and back to the mouse.

No button press requried.

Just move the mouse to the computer you wish to control.

Performance Switching between computers may cause a delay as the OS requires to detect the input devices after switching. Windows can take up to 30 seconds to initialize USB mice and keyboards.

Instant Switching.

All input devices keep being physically connected to the computer and don't require reinitialisation.

Appearance Cable clutter as mouse and keyboard cables need to be wired from the input devices to the switch and all computers.

No cables required.

Software KVMs uses your existing wireless or ethernet network.


Hardware KVMs have a maximum number of supported computers by design.

Adding an additional computer to your setup requires to replace your existing Hardware KVM at exponential cost.

Support for up to nine computers.

A Software KVM like "ShareMouse" scales with your requirements and supports up to nine computers.

Power Efficiency Hardware KVM may require a separate power supply.

No AC adaptor required.

No more wall-wart madness!

Monitor support

Hardware KVMs also enable you to share a monitor with multiple computers.

However, the maximum supported screen resolution is limited for technical reasons.

Entry level Hardware KVM switches do no support for today's high-resolution displays.

Software KVMs don't include monitor sharing.

ShareMouse has full multi monitor supports.

Monitors can have any screen resolution.

Audio support

Some Hardware KVM models can also switch audio ports.

Software KVMs do not offer switching of audio ports.

Multi-Monitor support

Only very expensive KVM switches support multiple monitors.

If more than two monitors shall be supported, it is getting really expensive.

ShareMouse supports many monitors.

Software KVMs are a powerful alternative to 'classic'' hardware switchboxes and offer unique features.

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