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Old 08-08-2006, 02:26 PM   #1
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USB signal splitter

What I am wondering is if there is such a thing that I can hook a USB device to and have it send the same signal to two different machines.
I have a Intuos drawing pad, and it only has one output port, but I want to send its output to two different places. Whenever I search all I find is hubs that allow multiple USB devices hooked up to one port, but I want to go the other direction.

Old 08-08-2006, 03:45 PM   #2
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Do you want both computer on at the same time? If so I doubt this is possible. USB talks back and forth, cpu to device. How would the device know which cpu was talking to it?

If you want both computers to access the tablet at the same time you could tie the device to one machine and then VNC from the other machine. One of the modes of VNC allows for simultaneous access to the desktop.

If you do not need both computers to access at the same time just buy a USb extenson cord and plug/unplug based on machine.

Old 08-16-2006, 10:28 AM   #3
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So if this is not possible with USB could I somehow use a PS/2 splitter (or does PS/2 require the machine and device to talk back and forth as well?) What I really want is a device that send a voltage to two places. The first place would interpret it as a mouse device, and I want the other to record the voltage values and store them in a file, is there a different device I could use to do this that might be intuitive for users to use as a pointing device?



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