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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 132 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Once tweaked, works great with Logitech Unifying!

    Posted
    Vacuumking
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly, Very Convenient

    Posted
    TomATL

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    urugTON

    My few year old Dell 4700 died last fall with bizarre symptoms. Although I tried to diagnose the problems then, I was unsuccessful. I purchased a Gateway Quad 6600, loaded it with my back ups and continued on. Last weekend I gave the Dell one final try before making it landfill. I found and corrected several problems before the Dell would boot. But it did boot. Both systems are running Linux Ubuntu, BTW. With two systems and a limited desk space, I decided that I would get a KVM switch to share the keyboard, mouse and one of the two monitors on the Gateway with the newly resurrected Dell. The first try with the IOGEAR MiniView was a failure. The Dell had been configured to run the dual monitors through an ATI video card that was now on the Gateway. Trying to run a single monitor from the on board Intel graphics led to no end of fun. After a few feeble attempts to reconfigure the Dell, I gave up and reinstalled Ubuntu 8.10 from scratch on the Dell with a single monitor attached through the Intel 915 controller. (Remember that the Gateway already had the important data). That fixed all the issues on the Dell system. Not subtle, but it works. :) Initially the Gateway was not happy with the KVM switch either . My two Samsung monitors run at 1280 x 1024. With the KVM switch in place on one of the monitors, Ubuntu was insisting that I run both monitors at 1600 x 1280. The monitors were none too happy about that. The ATI video card in the Gateway has two ports - one HDMI and one VGA. I have a converter on the HDMI port to dumb it down to VGA. When I moved the KVM switch connection from the dumbed down HDMI port to the VGA port, both Ubuntu and the monitors agreed to run at 1280 x 1024. More happiness. I looked around before I bought the IOGEAR KVM. There are less expensive units, but nearly all of them need cables. That tends to bring their prices in line with the MiniView. The unit is relatively small and it is controlled by hot keys so there's no need for it to even be in sight. The most important part of the deal, however, is that the unit works with my equipment without degrading the video. I'd recommend this KVM unit. I'd also recommend less drama in your installation. ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    If you have a Mac, avoid IO Gear

    Posted
    JasonFromClevo

    I have a home office setup with two Macs that I need to switch between with one keyboard, mouse and monitor. I looked on Best Buy's web site and found this item that does switch USB based K/M and video with audio and is "Mac Compatible". I purchased it at my local Best Buy, brought it home to read the instructions. The instructions detailed a procedure to bring the device into something called "Hot Key Mode" to use with Macs. There's this key combo that seems relatively easy to pull off which is holding the "Clear" key on the 10 key for 2 sec, while holding you then press "-" (minus) key then release "-" first and Clear within a second of each other. I tried 20 or so times myself re-reading the description again and again to make sure I was doing it correctly. Getting no love, I called tech support. The tech was a nice guy (obviously a little weathered from supporting their products) and he had me try to do this "Hot Key Mode" multiple times. Nothin. He was sure I was doing it wrong which I can understand but it's really not that hard. I asked if we could try anything else and he said we could but it required a PC USB keyboard. Well, I don't have one of those and I'm not buying one to fix this defective device. I'll be returning it promptly to Best Buy in favor of the Belkin product that does the same thing but hopefully actually works. I should note at one point I have also purchased a USB to Serial Port converter from IO Gear that was "Mac Compatible". It absolutely did not work at all on any of the Macs I tried and I returned it in favor of a Keyspan which is all I trust for this function anymore. Long story short, IO Gear likes to pretend their products are compatible with Macs but in fact, they are not. This will be the last thing I buy from them and I would recommend anyone using Macs avoid their products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for older setups, maybe not with new ones.

    Posted
    Primal623

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to do (so far)

    Posted
    JamskiTheFierce

    I own a Mac (well, several actually) and a PC. I need to be able to use both, often at the same time. But I own only one monitor. I had an old manual a/v switch I used for years till it crapped out, and I'd been switching cables, keyboards, and mice ever since. This is a nice alternative that also allows me to eliminate a mouse and a keyboard, because I can use the same one for both the Mac and the PC. Yes, the Mac keyboard works fine on both. No, I haven't had any problems switching back and forth. I like the length of the cables unlike some here; my workstation is pretty spread out. Another KVM I looked at had 4 foot cables, which in my case wouldn't have been long enough. The manual is a bit skimpy but tells you enough to get it running. It took me all of five minutes to connect all the cables and set the hotkey. I switched the hotkey to Ctrl-F12 which seems to work better for me. There are a couple of downsides I see to this dongle. One, obviously, is cost...$53 is a bit steep, $40 would be more reasonable. Still, it works, and the cords are long and appear fairly robust. The second downside is that the USB ports on the Mac keyboard no longer function as they should, so popping a USB key is out of the question. Oh well, there's ways around that. Oh. And audio? That's a great plus, and it works just fine, switches back and forth seamlessly, so I can use my single set of speakers on both systems. The manual says it only works with "two piece powered speaker systems", but my three-piece with subwoofer seems to do okay. I haven't had this thing long enough to say anything about reliability, I'll chime back in a couple of months with what I hope is good news. So far, so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Some annoyances, other KVM switch is better

    Posted
    Sandlotje
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I first tried the KVM switch without audio and loved it, so I decided to get the one with audio for added functionality. Well to my surprise, the one with audio is not nearly as good as the one without. There are two major issues I have found with this. First issue: Wireless mouse doesn't work very well with one of the computers. I noticed that often times, the wireless mouse (Logitech) will only move vertically and not horizontally when I boot up the computer. After doing a little research, IOGear claims this is because wireless mouses are a little more advanced and the KVM switch is only meant for basic wired mice. They recommend KVM switches with "DDM" for wireless mice. The DDM KVM switches are upwards of $130! The other IOGear switch never had any issues with the wireless mouse from what I experienced. Second issue: The screen goes black for about 5 seconds intermittently. This problem is very annoying. I determined the switch to be the source of the problem after I plugged the monitor directly into the back of one of my computers. The problem disappeared. This issue did not occur with the other IOGear KVM switch. As a result, I will be going back to the more basic KVM switch. Plus I like it that the other KVM switch had a button for going between monitors; whereas this particular unit requires you to double tap the 'Scroll Lock' key.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Exactly...

    Posted
    SomeGeek

    Basic problem of this device is it 'emulates' a keyboard and mouse, rather than passing-through your specific device information. As a result, if you have a wireless keyboard/mouse desktop kit that only uses a single USB port on your computer (as I do), you can only use one device. There are 2 usb ports on the KVM switch, one is dedicated to mouse, the other to keyboard. If you plug your desktop combo USB to the keyboard port, your keyboard works but not your mouse. If you plug in to the mouse port, the mouse works, but not the keyboard. It seems not to care about wireless -- but the inability to use both a keyboard and a mouse makes this device absolutely useless to me. While I didn't play around with it too much, I believe that my multimedia keys on my keyboard would not work, either (again, it emulates a standard keyboard, rather than passing through the actual device you own). In short - if you have a keyboard/mouse combo and/or a keyboard with extra keys, this device is not for you. If I find a KVM switch that works for me, I'll try to come back here and update this review. Until then, I'd have to recommend staying away from this particular device to those who have a combined keyboard/mouse, and recommend caution to anyone with enhanced keys (such as multimedia).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked Perfectly

    Posted
    Lance1214

    When I went to purchase a switch box for my 2 computers I thought this one was perfect. I read the reviews here and then I became very hesitant on it as so many people seemed to be having problems with it. But I wanted the sound feature so I figured I could always return it if it didn't work right. Well, I'm here to tell you it worked perfectly! I followed the instructions and made sure all the equipment was off. I plugged all the cables in and crossed my fingers. I fired up my XP computer first and as Windows loaded up (past the login screen) the mouse and keyboard stopped working, but that was because Windows was automatically loading the drivers for the Box and when it said your hardware is now ready, it was. It worked like a champ. So I shut the XP computer down and fired up the VISTA computer. Again, the same exact bootup sequence and it was working great. I then powered up the XP computer (both on now) and tried quickly hitting the Scroll Key twice to switch between the computers - and it did. I've had this for several days now and it has been working great and I love that it has the sound connectivity. I think $10 cheaper on the price and a different placement of the cable connections on just 1 side - not 3 would make this item a solid 5 stars. Just follow the setup instructions and maybe do it how I did and you shouldn't have any problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Simple Application Demand, but Poor Solution Choic

    Posted
    Vicuser
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Wireless/Gaming Compatible

    Posted
    Nairb

    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).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    WARNING! does not support all mouse/USB functions

    Posted
    billgwynne

    This unit has really great potential however it's only useful if you're running a very basic setup using factory standard equipment. In my setup I use a Logitech mouse and a jog/shuttle wheel thing for video editing; the I/O gear unit only passes basic mouse functions like click, right-click scroll wheel but not scroll wheel left or scroll wheel right. There is also control panel software for the Logitech mouse and the I/O gear product prevents this software from seeing the mouse so you lose the ability to map specific functions to the buttons on the mouse. And my jog/shuttle wheel video editor thing just plain doesn't work at all through the KVM switch. yet somehow in the manual (page 5) they advertise "complete compatibility with Mac and Sun" which is completely not the case. I would definitely say avoid this one unless you're using the mouse that came with your computer and you have no extra USB devices.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The BEST KVM Switch (USB)

    Posted
    WA3PNT

    I had been using a Belkin Flip with two Computers I use to play Music for Rodeos, and it worked fine. I built up 2 new Mini ITX Computers, nothing exotic, 1.5G Pentium on ITOX VB-7001 Motherboard. The Belkin Flip would not work on these Computers. Neither the external Flip Button nor the Scroll Lock Key would toggle between the computers. I could toggle using the software and double clicking the Flip Icon. However, when I shut the first computer down, there was no way to toggle to the second computer to shut it down. There is also a 5 second delay before the Keyboard and Mouse are available with the Belkin. I went back to the IO Gear KVM Switch, and it works flawlessly. Scroll Lock key toggles and the Keyboard and Mouse are available IMMEDIATELY. Also, when I shut one computer down, the Scroll Lock will still work to toggle to the second computer so that it can be shut down. I definitely recommend this KVM Switch over the Belkin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I was looking for

    Posted
    PostalTed

    When I bought a new computer, I guessed that I could use the LCD TV that was already in the room, but it was a chore moving and connecting it, and had to use 2 complete keyboards and mice etc. Since I had a great deal of Data to migrate, it required a few days, so I sought out a "Y" wire to connect both computers to my monitor and was informed of this product by the salesman. It was $60.00, but I was assured I could return it. Sealed in industrial plastic, as all electronics are today, I was skepical about returning it, but it had an easy rip open case, which could be re-sealed. It was all inclusive for keyboard, mouse, and even speakers for both computers! It connected easy through USB, VGA, and microphone plug, and held all the wires together to alleviate the "spaghetti" effect behind the scenes. Just a simple double click on the scroll lock key, and the other computer was displayed, even repeatedly. Great idea!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great home user KVM

    Posted
    IBHere4Now

    While doing some MCSE course work I needed the ability to switch between the domain controller and member/terminal server in the environment I had created. Since I needed to do this with one mouse, keyboard, and monitor, a KVM was the logical choice. This item fit the bill in that it is small, easy to connect, and has worked flawlessly; the thought of switching the mouse, keyboard, and monitor as frequently as would have been required made me cringe. A quick touble-tap on the scroll lock key and switching occurs near instantaneously. I have had no need of the audio connections on this KVM, so I can't comment to it's effectiveness in that regard. The only downside that I see is cost. For such a rudimentary two computer KVM, at just over $50 I find that to be a bit on the high side. I feel something in the $30-35 range would be much more realistic for a product of this nature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Inconsistent

    Posted
    dlorah

    Controlling two laptops running Windows XP Pro SP3 Works OK (sometimes) with separate USB mouse and keyboard devices. Very inconsistent with wireless USB keyboard/mouse combo. Does not work well with computers booting out of hibernate mode. Often, it just quits working altogether. Disconnecting the unit completely for several days seems to re-set it, then re-connect and restart the computers one at a time from shut-down mode (this was the advice from an email from IOGEAR tech support), then it works again for a while. This is the worst KVM switch I've ever used, but it may be because of my wireless keyboard/mouse combo. I wish it had a manual switch button in addition to the hotkey function. I wouldn't recommend it for use with a setup like mine.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Wireless Keyboard/Mouse

    Posted
    Tom0101

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm

    Posted
    BDev

    I had successfully used the IOGEAR GCS612A PS2 switch to support two PS2 equpped computers. The replacement for one of the computers came with no PS2 ports. I bought the GCS632U to support the new USB only configuration. When I connected the switch initially, the older PS2 equipped computer recognized the monitor but failed to recognize the new USB keyboard or mouse. However, after I plugged in the mouse and keyboard directly into the PS2 computer, the computer automatically updated the drivers for each. When I subsequently integrated the IOGEAR GCS632U, the switch worked liked a charm. I'm now back able to switch between the two computers issue free. IOGEAR has a great product in this switch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good so far

    Posted
    SEric

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent tool for two computer setup

    Posted
    ShelbyBill

    IOGEAR MiniView Micro 2-Port USB Plus KVM Switch with Built-In 6' Cables was easy to set-up. The only problem was the plug and pray feature of windows had a problem with the initial set-up. A quick view of FAQ at the 1OGEAR website cleared that up real quick. It is a pleasure to use two computers (one for email and word processing and one for digital photo editing) via one keyboard, mouse and monitor. I'm also glad I spent the extra bucks for the unit that combines the audio too. A GREAT PRODUCT. My only negative comment is the six foot cables. They could be shorter. With two PC's set side by side six feet of connecting cable just adds to the clutter under my desk.

    I would recommend this to a friend