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Control 2 USB computers from 1 monitor, 1 USB mouse and keyboard
Mouse and keyboard emulation provides error-free boot-up
Compact, self-powered design reduces clutter
Video Signal Enhancement (VSE) technology supports 32-bit color resolution up to 2048 x 1536
Multiplatform compatibility with Windows, Macintosh and Sun Solaris systems; supports special keys on Mac and Sun keyboards
Hot-key port selection
Plug-and-play monitor support; no software required
LEDs for easy monitoring
Built-in AutoScan mode
6' molded-in cables
Best Buy Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Simple Application Demand, but Poor Solution Choic
Posted by: Vicuser from: on
This Iogear 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Audio #GCS632U presents itself well, but is functionally inadequate. When considering the selection of this switch I was impressed by the claim of combining two CPU's with one monitor/keyboard/mouse/speaker. I especially liked the inclusion of 6' cables with the switch to distribute support of the input/output hardware through the KVM. I selected my new Dell XPS with Windows 10 as Computer #! at the switch and my older Dell XPS with Windows XP as Computer #2 - a simple matter of plugging the respective cables into ports provided and clearly designated in the KVM. The Port #1 CPU comes on line fine, but toggling to the #2 CPU brings up bogish screens the like I've never seen before, and the Windows XP will not start-up beyond the title screen. Occasionally I can start-up the XP but only by gymnastics in the boot menus and never consistantly. Use of this KVM is frustrating and unsatisfactory. I'm presently seeking another switch for my application.
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Very good so far
Posted by: SEric from: Falcon, CO on
I'm using it with desktop (Win7# and laptop #WinXP). At first I was worried because laptop wasn't getting mouse or keyboard input after first booting, but after WinXP auto-installed drivers, it started working perfectly. It switches between computers in about 2-3 seconds. Keyboard is a mechanical Das Keyboard and mouse is through Microsoft Wireless Desktop Receiver 3.1A.
Something that wasn't obvious to me until I got it was it has separate inputs for keyboard and mouse, but it combines them into a single USB connection going to computers.
Used less than a day, but have been switching back and forth often. Hope it lasts.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
2-Port USB KVM Switch with Cables
Posted by: Chris from: on
My client needed a way to easily switch back and forth between two PC's. One XP and the other Windows 7. This product works perfectly allowing the need for only one keyboard and one wireless mouse.
0 out of 0 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.
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.
Doesn't work with Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
Posted by: Tom0101 from: San Francisco on
I installed the KVM using my wireless keyboard and mouse. I turned on my 1st desktop and the keyboard and mouse worked fine. I turned on my 2nd desktop and the keyboard on my 1st desktop stopped working. I switched over to my 2nd desktop and discovered that only my keyboard worked on that one. So I have 2 desktops connected to IO Gear's KVM. The keyboard works on 1 and the mouse works on the other. I called IO Gear and was informed that the KVM does not always work with wireless keyboard/mouse. No where is this mentioned in any of their documentation or specifications. I wasted several hours dealing with this and I hope I can save someone else time and effort. If you have a wireless keyboard/mouse - don't buy an IO Gear KVM.
5 out of 7 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.