I have a Mac Pro (2008 eight core 2.8 GHz), a MacBook Air (mid-2011 Core i5 1.7 GHz), and a 30" Apple cinema display (maximum resolution 2560x1600). I have a mini displayport to dual-link DVI adapter for the MacBook Air.

I want to set up the cinema display with a 2-port DVI KVM that fully supports both of these machines, ideally with ports for both DVI and USB.

What are the technical requirements I need to know about to ensure full compatibility with my hardware? Is it possible that some DVI KVM products would not support the maximum resolution of my cinema display?


I've used Teleport, a really neat pref-pane that functions as a software-only KVM switch. Moving the mouse off of one screen onto the next accomplishes the switch. I used to use it with a Macbook and an iMac next to each other on my desk, controlling either one with a single keyboard and mouse.

  • Thanks, but my setup doesn't make this possible. The Mac Pro is used for music, for which I'll have a computer keyboard and a MIDI keyboard on the desk in front of the display. The MacBook Air is used for software development, for which it replaces the two keyboards on the desk.
    – bneely
    Mar 9 '13 at 22:56

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