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Not Wireless/Gaming Compatible
Posted by: Nairb from: Longmont on
Received this as a gift, and it works all right with most keyboards. However, if you have a gaming keyboard (ex. Logitech G-series gaming keyboard) or high-end wireless keyboard (again, Logitech), don't use this switch. With the G-Series keyboards, you lose the functionality of the LCD screen and G-Keys. With the high-end wireless (notably the "Logitech Unified" wireless accessories) you lose the entire keyboard. The Keyboard will work fine if you connect it to the Mouse port, and the Mouse to the Keyboard port, but then you lose swapping functionality. All in all, a decent device to have if you have the bare-bones basic keyboard/mouse setup, but anything else and you should probably opt for a manually swappable device (which, ironically, kind of defeats the purpose of wireless peripherals).
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Once tweaked, works great with Logitech Unifying!
Posted by: Vacuumking from: San Diego, CA on
This Iogear GCS632U KVM Switch is now working beauttifully with my Logitech Unifying USB receiver plugged into the Keyboard-designated USB slot on the switch. It lets me use a hotkey switch between my laptop and my tower so I can use a single Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse and control either computer, one at a time. I had to do quite a bit of setup and reading to figure out how to get all components to work, but once I got past that I've had zero issues so far.
I am tech competent but not tech expert level. I had to read stuff at Iogear's site to figure out some of my issues and try several things to get everybody to work right.
Here's my system, and those of you trying to use with Wireless Keyboard/Mouse might appreciate the details of how I solved my issues.
I have a Logitech K520 Wireless Keyboard and an M510 wireless mouse. Both use a single USB receiver, Logitech's Unifying Receiver. I have an LG Monitor that has both DVI and VGA ports but I am using only the VGA port, connected between the KVM Switch. Video quality is fine for me, I'm not a gamer.
The box for the KVM is small and has two green LED's on top. On front is a VGA 15-pin female port for the Video, and two USB slots but these are not true, anything -oes USB's; they are designed to accept a wired mouse on one and a wired keyboard on the other. There's an audio jack (light green) on the side for speakers but I'm not using that for reasons I explain later. I plugged the little Unifying receiver into the Keyboard-designated USB slot.
Coming off the other end are two cables that each have 3 connections: VGA, USB, and Audio. Initially I plugged all 3 in to each computer. My tower uses DVI so I used a DVI-to-VGA adapter to connect to the KVM plug.
When I followed the Manual's directions and turned my laptop on first, I got video display just fine but no Keyboard/Mouse (KM) control. I plugged in a USB mouse into the laptop and controlled from there. Of course the KM wouldn't control, I needed to re-connect now that my Unifying was in the KVM. I used my Logitech app to have it recognize the K and M and then, voila! I had KM wireless control.
So, on I went to the tower, turning it on. Same issue, so I downloaded the Logitech Unifying app and again went through the steps to reconnect K and M.
Now the first big test was a big FAIL. Pressing [Scroll Lock][Scroll Lock] as the hotkey indeed toggled me back to my laptop, and its video displayed fine, but now I once again had to KM control. Huh? Time to read up at Iogears site. They detailed how some wireless ID codes might not be recognized..and how you need sufficient power through each USB port to get everything to work. So, I decided to totally power down both computers as Iogear suggested, disconnect all cables as suggested, and wait five minutes. To give the power equation a better chance, I unplugged the audio jack.
THAT WORKED! Now I powered up my tower first, and I had Video and KM control. Then I powered up my laptop, toggled via hotkeys, and had KM control here, too!
Since my laptop is used for business, I have decided to not try to push my luck; I'll hook up my speakers directly to my tower if I want sound on that computer, used for personal. Since this is a KVM switch and not a KVMP switch, I am using a 4-port USB hub to take USB from each computer then connect 1 USB cable to my printer.
I hope you found these details useful as you strive to figure out if this little KVM will work for you.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Works Perfectly, Very Convenient
Posted by: TomATL from: Atlanta, GA on
I bought this so I could operate my new Windows 7 desktop and my Windows XP laptop from a single mouse, keyboard, and monitor. I'm a telecommuter and have to use my business laptop for work, but I use my personal desktop during the day for streaming music, personal e-mail, etc. Using this device, I was able to move my laptop off to the side and not have to make room for a second set of devices.
The KVM switch comes with long cables, so I had no problem hiding the switch itself under my desk and connecting my monitor, my desktop, and my laptop, which are somewhat spread out across my work area. The connectors were conveniently labeled so that I was able to connect everything without referring to the instructions. An added bonus is that only one USB cable has to be connect to each computer, and it runs both the mouse and the keyboard. This freed up one USB port on each computer, which I desperately needed.
Switching between computers is fast and easy. A quick double-push of the scroll lock key and the everything immediately switches to the other computer with only a momentary blanking of the monitor. I just installed this today, but I gave five stars under durability because the cables and connectors seem to be heavy-duty and the switch case also appears to be very solidly connected.
This switch also powers audio, but I don't have that set up as I like to keep my main speakers tied to my desktop system. My laptop is tied into lower-quality speakers integrated into my monitor, so I don't need to swap out sound.
If you want to switch back and forth between two computers but don't have room for two monitors, two keyboards, and two mice, this is a great way to go. It's more than I would have liked to have paid, but cheaper than buying a second set of devices to break myself away from the tiny laptop keyboard and monitor.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great KVM Switch!
Posted by: bevcox from: Lakewood Ca on
I very seldom contact vendors regarding products, but my experience with this KVM switch has been so perfect and painless that I felt compelled to write in. The installation was quick and flawless. I followed the directions provided and everything worked exactly as described. I have connnected an old XP with a new Windows 7 computer, and moving between the two is quick and efficient. It is pure pleasure to have a piece of technology work perfectly every time.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Great for older setups, maybe not with new ones.
Posted by: Primal623 from: Pittsburgh, PA on
This does what it advertises- connects 2 computers with 1 keyboard, mouse, and speaker. Originally I had this connected to two older Dells. This configuration worked great, except that there is no way to control both computers at the same time. One computer *must* be shut down before the other one turned on in order for this product to switch over. However if you never need to run 2 computers at once this isn't an issue unless you have a situation like I am about to describe...
The problem now is that I have replaced one computer with a new one equipped with a high-end motherboard (ASUS Rampage III Formula). This motherboard still draws power even when shut down, so the KMV switch never realizes my computer is off. When I turn on my older computer the KMV switch will not click over to it because it's still recognizing my other high-end machine. So now when I turn on my older computer I must manually unplug the USB from the back of my new computer to make it work.
My recommendation: This product *does* technically work, however make SURE it works with your particular computer(s) before tossing out the receipt. Unfortunately I can't think of any way to see if this product will work with your setup other than just trying it and see what happens.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Failed within two weeks
Posted by: Rats from: on
Would not display the screen and stopped switching back and forth from computer to computer within the first two weeks of use. The unit completely shut down. IO customer support had me on hold for over an hour and seems to be useless.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Good for switching between Ubuntu and Wndws 7
Posted by: NickC from: Cincinnati, OH on
Strengths - the switch worked without having to install anything onto either of my computers. The automatic key combination is scroll lock scroll lock. It works with my mouse, keyboard, monitor, and speakers.
Weaknesses - The speaker cord is too short to reach my desktop and my laptop the way it is designed so I had to get an extension cable, but other than that I have no issues.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Not a reliable KVM switch
Posted by: SamsungPlasmaFan from: USA on
This KVM does not have a manual switch, so you have to rely on the keyboard hotkey combo to switch machines. It probably works reliably about 60% of the time, which is pretty bad for such a simple device. Sometimes it will switch the video but the mouse and keyboard fail, leaving you with no option except a hard reboot. Also, when the PC is booting up, if there is any need to go into the BIOS, it's likely the keyboard won't be available.
When it's working, it does what it is supposed to do. Otherwise, you will be out of luck.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: sdvr from: Boston, MA on
This replaced an ancient KVM switch that didn't have USB ports. I like that it does sound and microphone switching as well as keyboard and mouse. You can switch computers with a keyboard shortcut, a desktop icon, or the physical buttons on the device.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Worked right out of the box
Posted by: Spike8711 from: Plymouth, MA on
I was a little skeptical about buying these with all the reviews and things I have heard. I purchased one for use with two computers, two monitors, and one wireless keyboard and mouse. I didn't have the need to switch monitors since I would be using the two I had. Right out of the box I plugged both the KVM and wireless USB keyboard and mouse into it and it worked awesome. Switching using the scroll lock is easy, no lag time at all. I have been running it for a week now problem free.