Is it possible for two pc's to share the same monitor (not at the same time obviously, one switched on while the other is off) without having to fiddle about with connections. Is there some form of hub/router available that will do this job and save me the expense of buying another monitor.
Cheapest bet for this is the Belkin low cost option at around ?30 or less since it includes the cables. Most of these KVM switches cost more trhan that and have to have a set of cables as well which can cost as much as ?40 extra.
The KVM stands for Keyboard, Video, Mouse, since all three are switched so that the same mouse/keyboard operates for both computers. Hence the cost of all the cables.
Dabs usually carry most of the options for these, PC World also stocking some, plus Maplins as mentioned.
Avoid the purely mechanical switches as they are nor suitable for two computers to one monitor, only the other way round, one computer to either of two monitors. Only an electronic KVM switch will reliably do the job you want done.