computer speakers take up desk space, it might be helpful to share speakers
between computers, rather than having two sets of speakers for two computers
that are right next to each other. For example, two employees who work in close
proximity (and collaborate together) could use one set of speakers, as could an
administrator who has two systems connected to a single monitor, keyboard, and
mouse via a KVM switch.

By using a
set of cords that you can purchase from an electronics store, such as
RadioShack, you can easily use one set of speakers to provide sound for two
different computers.

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assumes that both computers are already equipped with a standard sound card or
have a built-in sound card. However, this is not a platform-specific solution.
Any computers that have a standard 1/8-inch sound jack can share speakers. This
includes two computers from different platforms such as Windows, Mac, Linux, UNIX,


what you’ll need:

  • Two 1/8-inch to 1/8-inch male-to-male stereo audio
    cables (RadioShack part number: 42-2387A)
  • One stereo cable Y-adapter with two 1/8-inch female
    connectors on one end and one 1/8-inch male connector on the other end
    (RadioShack part number: 42-2570)
  • One 1/8-inch mini-jack female-to-female coupler
    (RadioShack part number: 274-886)

Figure A provides a look at these items.

Figure A

Connecting cables

you have the needed hardware, follow these steps:

  1. Connect the jack from your speakers to one end of the
  2. Connect the male end of the Y-adapter to the other end
    of the coupler.
  3. Connect both of the audio cables to the two female
    jacks on the Y-adapter.
  4. Connect the other ends of the audio cables to the
    speaker jacks on the two computers.