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1. Linksys SVIEW04 ProConnnect 4-station
$108.29 list()
2. 4port USB KVM Switch With 4-cables
$63.17 list()
3. 2port USB KVM Switch With 2-cables
$13.29 $9.12 list($14.99)
4. Plantronics PC Headset Speaker
$115.89 list($129.99)
5. Belkin OmniView SOHO Series 4-Port
$31.34 $27.97 list($49.95)
6. Belkin F1U200 4-Port USB Auto
$72.19 list($136.00)
7. Linksys PS2KVM4 ProConnect 4-Port
$113.04 $90.00 list($199.99)
8. IOGEAR GSC104U MiniView KVMP Kit
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9. 32 PORT 10/100 RACKMOUNTABLE
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10. IOGEAR GCS102U 2-Port MiniView
$52.24 list($189.00)
11. IOGEAR GCS14 4-Port MiniView PC
$71.99 list($94.99)
12. Starview 2-Port KVM Switch Kit
$49.99
13. JMTEK UDC201 CROSSBOX - PC to
$19.94 $9.99 list($34.99)
14. Belkin F3X1105-06 OmniView 6'
$59.61 list($89.99)
15. Aten Technologies Serial To Parallel
$95.94 $83.58 list($109.99)
16. STARTECH.COM SV431USB 4 Port Starview
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17. Iogear GCS12 2-Port MiniView PC/PS/2
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18. Manual Switchbox Db15f for Vga
$47.49 $36.99 list($69.99)
19. Belkin F1U125-KIT Bitronics Auto
$145.88
20. KVM Converter for Sun Emulatesun

1. Linksys SVIEW04 ProConnnect 4-station CPU KVM Switch
by Linksys

our price: $72.19
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Asin: B00004Z87D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 15899
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Linksys ProConnect SVIEW04 KVM Switch - 4 x 1 - 4 x mini-DIN (PS/2 Style) Keyboard, 4 x mini-DIN (PS/2 Style) Mouse, 4 x D-Sub (HD-15) VGA/SVGA - Desktop - PCTake control of your PCs with the ProConnect CPU Switch. Ready to run out of the box, the ProConnect CPU Switch lets you connect multiple PCs to a single keyboard, monitor, and mouse. Switch between PCs with the press of a key, or use the switch cycling feature to rotate between each PC progress automatically at programmed intervals. Got a notebook PC? Plug it into the CPU Switch and control it from your desktop full-sized keyboard, monitor, and mouse - just like a docking station! Built to last, the ProConnect 4-Port CPU Switch virtually eliminates cable swapping, while you save storage space and hundreds of dollars in hardware costs. Your connection can be simple and inexpensive with the Linksys ProConnect CPU Switch. It is the perfect choice for any Server room, Internet Service Provider, or testing lab where you need to manage multiple PCs efficiently and easily.Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theLinksys SVIEW04 - 4PORT PROCONNECT KVM CONSOLE SWITCH PS2 and all other Linksys Switchboxes ... Read more

Features

  • Control (4) PCs from One Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor
  • Switch Instantly Between PCs from PC Keyboard or Switch
  • Serves as a Quick Docking Station for Notebook Computers
  • Reduce Required Floor Space by up to 50%
  • Cycling Feature Switches Between PCs Automatically

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing video quality from an otherwise great product
Choosing a KVM can be very difficult. Every aspect of your computer interaction goes through this one device, and the slightest issues with the device can become major irritants. Having to live with a troublesome Belkin KVM at work, I know all too well what trouble these devices can be.

I bought the SVIEW04 to replace an older Linksys PS2KVM2 which I've used at home for the last several years. With the addition a new Mac Mini to join my current Windows and Linux PCs, I needed to upgrade to a larger KVM. I had been extremely happy with the PS2KVM2 (perfect image quality, instant switching, no mouse/keyboard problems or spurious character and mouse clicks when switching), so I stuck with the Linksys brand for this new one.

I am mostly pleased. It continues to emulate the mouse and keyboard perfectly (something I can't say about the Belkin KVM I use at work). With the addition of a PS2->USB adaptor it also works great with the Macintosh. Linux presented no difficulties either (the Belkin PS/2 KVM I've used has never played politely with Linux due to shoddy mouse emulation). The keyboard shortcuts are unintrusive, even for a programmer making heavy use of emacs and its carnival of bizarre keyboard shortcuts. Even better, dip switches allow some limited control over the keyboard switching (selection of alternate shortcuts, enable/disable 'quick' switching via the control keys).

My only complaint about this KVM is the video quality. I hooked it up using the same cabling which gave me a perfect image with my old KVM, but the output from the SVIEW04 is not as good. It causes a slight ghosting effect which makes objects look faintly embossed. This is particularly distracting for text on other backgrounds other than white. Note that I run my display at 1600x1200, and people running at lower resolutions will find the effect much less noticable. It is disappointing that the signal quality of newer Linksys KVMs seems to have diminished.

Aside from the video quality issue, this is a great product. I'm giving it 3 stars due to the video quality, otherwise it would receive a full 5 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Low tech hardware savings plan
Linksys provides one of the best, versatile, and easy to use console switches on the market.I've used others that cost less, but broke only weeks later.The first one I got 3 years ago is still working.
This is an easy way to share a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with multiple CPUs.The device allows either keyboard enabled or hardware buttons to switch between systems.New systems can be added without creating new problems.Just plug and play.
Worth the price. ... Read more


2. 4port USB KVM Switch With 4-cables Non-osd
by CONNECTPRO

our price: $108.29
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Asin: B000067V63
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CONNECTPRO
Sales Rank: 4207
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Master-IT USB KVM switches serve as KVM/USB hub units allowing users to connect different computers and share peripherals. The main feature of the Master-IT USB KVM switches is their cross-platform compatibility. Besides connecting both Windows and Mac OS systems, users can take advantage of the Plug and Play simplicity of USB standard. ... Read more

Features

  • Easy front-chassis buttonswitching.
  • Connects 4 USB computers and shares 4USB peripherals. Enhanced functionality.
  • Free lifetime technicalsupport & pre/post project consultation.- Peace of mind.
  • 19" Rack-Mountable with optional rack-mount kit.
  • Cross-platform compatibleUSB KVM switch with MAC and Windows systems.

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars NICE UNIT, BUT NOT FOR WIRELESS DESKTOP
Unit is very solid with very nice cables and straps.

Issues:

1. Keyboard shortcut key does not work

2. One of the 4 cables I got was a mfg. dud. The female video into male kvm is out of wack and does not fit. (Working on RMA with mfg. about this: they seem to doubt one. Apparently no one is as technical as they).

3. Using wireless keyboard and mouse: works fine some times, other times mouse is slow to respond, hangs or wont do anything.This is probably not the unit for wireless....hate to say. I read a lot of reviews and search for one just for this purpose. I hate to go back to corded K/M as i need to switch mouse hands often to relief the old muscles....

5-0 out of 5 stars The best KVM I've ever seen!
This is absolutely without a doubt, the best KVM switch I've seen. It takes about 2-3 seconds for XP to recognize the keyboard and mouse however this isn't a major problem. What I do like is that because it's a USB KVM and not a PS/2 version, you can boot a PC while never actually switching to that PC to do so (which is something that really limited all manually switched PS/2 KVMs). I would definately recommend picking up this item.

4-0 out of 5 stars BEST KVM on the market (updated review)
I purchased this to switch between my PC and a new mini Mac.

Design:
The cords are premium quality and come with velco snaps, which really impressed me. They didn't have to do that (no one else does), and that demonstrates how committed they are to little details. Also, having buttons to switch between computers is essential. I DO NOT recommend any KVM that relies on "hot-keys" whatsoever; I speak from experience. Again, I *STRONGLY* advice against buying any KVM that relies on "hot-keys" rather than providing actual buttons on the unit.

USB:
The USB on the Mac is immediate; the mouse is active as soon as I switch, which really surprised me. It takes about 5-10 seconds on my PC (Windows XP), but that's acceptable. Also, having the extra USB ports is nice because I can share my USB printer/scanner between both computers.

Speaking of which... Every so often, when I switch back to my PC, it decides to "re-recognize" the printer -- you can see the "New Hardware Found" dialogue pop up in the system tray -- which also automatically sets this printer as my default printer. This is HIGHLY annoying, as I don't realize what happened until I send a document to be printed and it starts printing in my color printer. Like I said, this probably has nothing to do with the KVM, just FYI.

Video:
There is a noticeable difference. It's like the difference between aliased and non-aliased text, i.e. the text is just a bit blurry. You may not notice for lower resolutions like 800x600 or possibly 1024. I was able to change my monitor settings so that the display for one PC was perfect, but then my Mac displays a bit blurry.

Conclusion:
If crisp video is not essential, this is a great choice. I've tried MANY models, and so far this is the best. And, like I said, since I haven't been able to find a KVM that didn't reduce video quality, I can't really fault this one too much.


FYI, I received a black unit even though the Amazon picture is white, which I prefer anyway.

3-0 out of 5 stars Works good, but some XP problems
This is a great unit and I am very happy with it, although its operation is not flawless (I think largely due to Microsoft bugs).

With my Windows 2000 computers, it works almost flawlessly. When I switch to the computer, it takes about 5-10 seconds to recognize that the USB connection is now active, and I have had absolutely no problems with it.

When I first tried using it with Windows XP, the XP computer would not recogize the keyboard or mouse when I switched back if the computer was allowed to go into stand-by mode (which I often use). After a lot of tweaking, I discovered that if you find the mouse driver, click on the "Power settings", and disable the button that allows the mouse to wake up the computer from stand-by, then the problem went away.

Now, the unit is working almost flawlessly. However, about once a week or so, the stupid XP computer still seems to have problems recognizing the mouse. When this happens, there seems to be nothing I can do to get it to accept the mouse and keyboard. At this point, the only thing I can do is plug in a second mouse into a spare USB port, shut down the computer, and reboot. Somewhat inconvenient, but it doesn't happen too often.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great Including With Wireless Keyboard/Mouse
Works just as expected.Switches quickly among two desktop machines and a laptop (all running WinXP).Each machine takes < 1 min to recognize, same as when plugging in any new USB device.Very durable cables.Was concerned about using wireless keyboard/mouse, but works great with the Microsoft Wireless Desktop, including the multimedia function keys.Version of the switch that I received is black, not white as pictured. ... Read more


3. 2port USB KVM Switch With 2-cables Non-osd
by CONNECTPRO

our price: $63.17
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Asin: B000067V62
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: CONNECTPRO
Sales Rank: 9258
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Free lifetime technical support & pre/post project consultation
  • Connects 2 USB computers and shares 3 USB peripherals
  • Easy front-chassis button switching
  • All Hot-Swappable/pluggable ports
  • Two -year warranty on the switch & lifetime on the cables

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars SUSE LINUX & Windows XP
This switch is awesome. I have both a SUSE LINUX 9.3 box as well as a Windows XP machine. I turned off both machines. Plugged in my USB keyboard and mouse and then turned both machines back on (one at a time while the switch is on it's corosponding postion) and bammm! It worked with no configuration or anything. I'm very pleased and very impressed. On anothern note, the switch is not some cheap plastic thing, it's heavey and has some weight to it so it does not slide around on your desktop. It's made with some quality. Also. there is a 3rd USB port on the back, you could share an additional device if you wanted such as a USB web cam or something.

BUY IT!

Scott

5-0 out of 5 stars Throw away your IOGear KVM switch and get this one
I have been pulling my hair out off and on for two years with KVM switches that don't work or - worse yet - only work sometimes (mostly IOGear). THIS KVM SWITCH WORKS. I have a specialized keyboard and mouse and both work flawlessly ALL THE TIME on two different computers. It is worth every penny.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent switch
Works right out of the box. I tried Belkin switch, but had considerable video distortion. ConnectPRO works great - no video problems at all.

Sure, Belkin switch looks better, but all I care about is how it works and this one is a clear winner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great switch with slight video probs
I have a Mac and a PC, a logitech usb keyboard and mouse, and a Dell 20 Ultrasharp monitor with a native resolution of 1600x1200.

Both the Mac and PC work perfectly with this switch.All special function keys of the Logitech keyboard work in both computers.My mouse has 7 or 8 buttons and they all work in both computers as well.

The only problem I've noticed with this switch is the video at 1600x1200.As another reviewer stated, at this resolution there is ghosting.In particular, when I'm on the PC, I have two barely noticeable darker lines moving across the screen from right to left.When I switch to the Mac, the two dark lines move from left to right.It's not too terribly distracting, especially if you have a dark desktop background.

I'm thinking of trying the 4 port version of this switch and seeing if the ghosting will continue with the Mac on port 4 and the PC on port 1.I'm hoping that if the two computers are separated a bit more than they are on this 2 port switch, the ghosting will disappear.

However, this 2 port switch is still the best I've seen so far.It's simple to set up, the case is heavy duty metal (even though the switch is roughly the size of two decks of cards, it feels heavy and extremely durable), and it simply works.If you use a lower resolution than 1600x1200, then you should be fine with the ghosting issue.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good little box, but has some ghosting
After searching for a long time and trying other KVMs, I came across this device. Since the price really couldn't be beat,
I decided to try it out. It basically lives up to it's promise.

Switching between machines (one Linux and one Windows) is quick and neither complains. The only issue I've found is that when driving the display at 1600x1200x85Hz there's some noticable ghosting (to me at least). Lower resolutions don't exhibit any ghosting. I tried using other high-quality video cables I had from a previous KVM but the ghosting persisted. The cables and previous KVM didn't have any ghosting.

All in all, I'm happy with this product. ... Read more


4. Plantronics PC Headset Speaker Switch
by Plantronics
list price: $14.99
our price: $13.29
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Asin: B000069E1V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Plantronics
Sales Rank: 1992
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Tired of fumbling with plugs and wires when you want to use your headset instead of your speakers? Plantronics has a new addition to the .Audio line of Analog PC Headsets, Microphones and Accessories.

The .Audio PC Headset Speaker Switch offers a convenient desktop solution that allows you to easily switch between your speakers and headset at the touch of a button. One-time installation takes only seconds. Plug it into the sound card and add dual functionality between the speakers and headset.

  • Easily switch between speakers and headset at the touch of a button
  • Small, streamlined design helps eliminate desktop clutter
  • Installs in seconds, just plug it in to your sound card
  • Compatible with PC and Mac&reg; computers with a sound card
... Read more

Features

  • Easily switch between speakers and headset at the touch of a button
  • Small, streamlined design helps eliminate desktop clutter
  • Installs in seconds, just plug it in to your sound card
  • Compatible with any PC or Macintosh computer with a sound card

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well done Plantronics!
Despite being a little bigger than I would like and its somewhat "clunky looking" appearance this is a rock solid switch.

I have used this item for about 18 months and I am stunned at how well it continues to hold up.The switch is every bit as solid as the day I bought it and has withstood several switches per hour as I jump from online gaming to listening to music.

I would request that it have been a little smaller BUT,it has held up so well I would hardly dare to criticize any elements of its design.It has outlasted 2 sets of headphones and has been stepped on and rolled over far too mant times without any effects.

I would like to request a 5.1 model for future release.
4.5 stars round up to five.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not for computers only!
This device can also be used with any audio unit (for example, a portable CD player) that has a mini-plug output jack--enabling you to switch from headphones to, say, amplified speakers, without the aggravating ritual of removing one plug from the playback unit and inserting the other (and wearing out the jack in the process); and at the computer, it can be used for instantly switching from those typically weak (but often useful) built-in monitor speakers to more powerful desktop speakers, as source material and circumstances demand. (Of course, you'll need one switch for each such arrangement.) A marvelously simple and simply marvelous device, with more uses than Plantronics chooses to advertise.

4-0 out of 5 stars Only one flaw...
Great product, but with one glaring discrepancy:The microphone port is disabled when the switch is set to speaker output.This assumes the user won't use a microphone simultaneously with speakers, which in fact I do quite often.Other than that, a very handy device.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Everything seemed to hook up fine, but I only had one speaker working when I tested the unit. At first I thought it was just a loose wire, but after checking everything I was about to give up. I had to unconnect everything and went back to my old setup but... I ended up with the same problem, one speaker working. I had to reinstall my sound card and then the PC Speaker Headset Switch worked fine. I'm not sure if the unit any thing to to do with my sound card messing up, but oh well. After all this the Switch box works great and the audio sounds perfect.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective
This is a very basic switch, that lets you use either your pc speakers or headphones, but it does the job really good, I didnt feel any sound degradation, and the appearance of the switch is ok.I think for $12.50 this thing does solve the problem.Good product, defenlty recommend it. ... Read more


5. Belkin OmniView SOHO Series 4-Port KVM Switch with Audio
by Belkin Components
list price: $129.99
our price: $115.89
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Asin: B00006BB9I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 27421
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

OmniView SOHO Series 4-Port KVM Switch with Audio PS/2 and USB Platform ... Read more

Features

  • Updates firmware easily with flash feature
  • Controls 4 computers from 1 keyboard, video monitor, and mouse
  • Offers audio and microphone switching
  • Supports video resolutions up to 2048 x 1536@85Hz
  • Delivers uncompromising display quality

Reviews (17)

1-0 out of 5 stars There are better KVM solutions
Besides the fact you have to buy the cables separately as others have mentioned, Belkin support is horrible. The automated system consistenly disconnects the call, requiring going through their operator. My 4-port KVM stopped functioning after six months. There's no information on the web to help either. It's as if there IS no way to fix a KVM that doesn't work. Flash upgrading is a joke. I followed the procedure directly from Belkin's website. So I had to RMA replace it. Trust me, Belkin doesn't care about its customers and arrogance will be their downfall. Go with IOGEAR - they include all the cables with the KVM switch for the price of Belkin's without cables.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rip Off!
I'm evaluating the DVI version.The cables are sold seperately, so what's the point to buy a KVM without cables?!?

Lastly, hearing the problems doesn't surprise me, as working with the two port version, I had some problems where computers becames unresponsive.

1-0 out of 5 stars DVI version sucks
cable won't fit

Power supply cable covers other connectors

mouse does not not work

includes flash update cable but web site has no flash images

If you don't plug a keyboard into it sits there and just beeps

What idiot designed this trash.

1-0 out of 5 stars Just a warning from an experience with the DVI version
I'm extremely unhappy with the Belkin OmniView SOHO Series 4-Port KVM DVI Switch with Audio. I'm sure most of this applies for the VGA version

1) It is nearly impossible to connect a cable to the console DVI Connector. Belkin had to overnight a special extender to connect the monitor DVI cable to the KVM.
2) Connecting the Power Adapter to the KVM blocks one of the peripheral USB ports.
3) It's absolutely impossible to put on the cover (i.e. cable management cover) if you connect the four (Belkin) cables to it.
4) Connecting only two PCs with a resolution of 1600x1200 to the KVM resulted in green shadows for one connection. (both NVidia cards GeForce 4 (4200 series) and a Geforce 5 (5200 series)
5) The Microsoft Wireless Keyboard doesn't work as stated in the manual. I did manage to plug in the wireless dongle connector to the USB mouse port on the KVM but now I can't use the hotkeys to switch between computers. Belkin has also indicated that wireless keyboards don't always work as stated in the manual

6) There isn't a FAQ or software/firmware upgrade listed for this device. I would recommend checking out the belkin support pages or lack there of.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid KVM Switch With Audio
I bought this over a year ago, and am very pleased with it.

It was easy to set up, and works well with all my Windows XP Pro boxes.Switching between PCs is fast enough, with only about a second delay (typical of KVMs in general) to restore the mouse pointer.Once locked to a particular PC, the KVM is very stable.I've had no problems with either the video display or keyboard/mouse functionality on any of my Windows-based systems and can play games as well as perform all normal office-type tasks with no noticable performance degradation.

The only issue I have is with losing mouse control when switching to my Red Hat 9.0 server running X (not a big deal since I primarily access the terminal from the command line on remote anyway).There is no issue when I boot up the Linux box and use the KVM without switching to another workstation.I suspect the problem may be fixable, but it has never been enough of an issue for me to pursue it, given my needs.

The unit has the unique ability to support stereo audio as well as firmware upgrades.In addition, the cable management is cleverly built in to the sleek housing as opposed to completely exposed as in most square footprint KVMs, thus saving a small amount of desktop space.

Overall, in my experience, the Omniview has been a good KVM for the money.

Pros:

Supports Audio switching
Unique cable management design
Supports most common and higher-end video resolutions
No noticable performance loss with games or everyday tasks
Upgradable firmware

Cons:

Sketchy support for non-Windows OSes (though I haven't yet upgraded the firmware)
Does not support 5.1 channel audio
Requires specific type of KVM cable (male male)
cable management design can be limiting ... Read more


6. Belkin F1U200 4-Port USB Auto Switchbox (4 PCs to 1 Device)
by Belkin Components
list price: $49.95
our price: $31.34
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Asin: B00006B5VH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 17553
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Product Description

Share a printer or any USB devicewith up to four computers using the Belkin 4-Port USB Switch. Four downstream ports let you connect up to four USB computers. An upstream port can connect with just about any peripheral. Share a printer, scanner, or hard drive by pushing the Selector Button on the front of the switch. The selected computer becomes the active computer, and you can access the peripheral. Want to share multiple peripherals with up to four computers? To use more than one peripheral, connect a Belkin 4-Port USB Hub to the switch and then connect additional USB devices to the Hub. The selected computer can access the peripherals you’ve connected. For your maximum convenience, the switch works with either USB-enabled PCs or Mac computers, or a combination of both.

The Belkin 4-Port USB Switch is the ideal solution for sharing a printer or any USB device, with up to four USB computers as well as, share multiple peripherals with up to four USB computers.

Features

  • Share one or up to 127 USB devices with up to four USB computers
  • Port selection allows switching the devices from one computer to the other
  • Compatible with any USB computer or USB device
  • Belkin Lifetime Warranty
  • Port selection allows switching the devices from one computer to the other
  • Compatible with any USB computer or USB device
  • Four downstream USB ports, plus an upstream peripheral connection port
  • Illuminated LEDs for high power and port-selection status
  • Support for all high- and low-speed USB devices
  • USB 1.0 and 2.0 compatible
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Pushbutton port selection
  • Compatible with Windows&reg; 95 OSR2/98/2000/Me/XP Mac OS8.1 or higher, or Sun&reg; systems with USB
  • Requires no software
  • No power supply required
  • Ideal for sharing a USB printer in a home or office environment
  • FCC, CE, and C-Tick certified
... Read more

Features

  • Supports virtually all high-speed and low-speed USB devices
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 4 downstream USB ports plus 1 upstream peripheral connection port
  • USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible
  • Simple pushbutton port selection

7. Linksys PS2KVM4 ProConnect 4-Port Compact KVM Switch (PS/2)
by Linksys
list price: $136.00
our price: $72.19
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Asin: B00004SB98
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Linksys
Sales Rank: 14901
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Linksys ProConnect four-port compact KVM switch allows you to instantly toggle between four PS/2-equipped desktop or notebook PCs while using a single monitor, PS/2 keyboard, and PS/2 mouse. Ready to run directly out of the box, the switch is compatible with all major desktop and notebook computers, requires no software, and eliminates cable swapping.

A one-year warranty and free technical support are included. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with virtually all PS/2 mice
  • Control multiple computers from a single keyboard, monitor, and mouse
  • Supports screen resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,440
  • Full plug-and-play monitor support
  • Runs with most PS/2 and Windows 95 keyboards

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Gets the job done
From a functional standpoint, this is one of the best "non-industrial" KVM switches I've used.Switches between multiple OS's (W2K/XP/Linux) with no issues.Seems perfectly happy with both my antique IBM keyboard and my brand new Logitech wireless mouse (with USB->PS2 adapter and the standard number of buttons).Ergonomically, it could be better, though.As other reviewers have noted, cables attach to this puppy on 3 of 4 sides.When set up with the max of 4 machines, it has 15 cables attached to it.Since it weighs all of a half-pound, it's pretty much sitting where ever the cables want it to be, not where you want it to be.I was able to get it to stay where I want it without an utter mess by careful routing of cables and use of lots of cable ties.Also, again because of the light weight of the device, you need to hold it in place while depressing the selector button, or it tends to walk away from you.And finally, I'm not a fan of the hotkey combination required to activate the device: Alt, Ctrl, Shift, PC#(1-4), Enter.Five keystrokes - you've gotta be joking!I'm a much bigger fan of the Belkin way (ScrlLk, ScrlLk, Up/Down).Pity their current products are so dicey.

4-0 out of 5 stars good, simple and cheap
This is a very simple KVM. Lacking the fancy bells and whistles of the more expensive untis, this one does it's basic tasks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Took some trouble shooting to get it to work
I just got this KVMand hooked it up to my three computers:

1) Dell Dimension 2400 2.8 GHz, Windows Xp Professional
(1 month old).
2) Home built Linux computer with all brand new parts(1week old).
3) Dell Dimension 4100 866 MHz (3+ years old)

Monitor: Dell 2001FP
Mouse: COMP USA branded PS2 optical Mouse.
Keyboard: Dell PS2 Keyboard that came with the Dimension 2400
computer.

Right out of the box I started having problems.I would loose the signal from the Keyboard and Mouse.I would be able to switch between computers two or three time, and then I would loose the mouse and meyboard signal.After a lot of troubleshooting and just short of sending it back I replaced the new Keyboard with my oldest PS2 keyboard, that originally came with the Dimension 4100, and all of a sudden all my problems went away.Evidentally this KVM does not like the new Dell Keyboard.

I've been using the old keyboard for a day and so far so good.

The picture quality on my 2001FP monitor seems sharp on with all three computers.I do not perceive a loss in picture quality.

1-0 out of 5 stars Really bad product and even worse support
I purchased this instead of the Belkin soley on name recognition and good past exeriences with Linksys routers.

Unfortunately, their good name doesn't transfer to their other product lines.First, the video cables were M-F rather than M-M like most other switches so I had to buy new cables just for this thing.Second, after hooking up all the cables, I see how awkward it is to place this on a desktop with cables sticking out in 3 different directions (same complaint as another reveiwer).Third, the switch's hot keys would not switch between computers - instead, it would just rotate my screen 90-180 degrees!Forth, I called Linksys support and after about 5 "please wait while I look something up" I got transferred to their sales department and they said I had to buy their cables.After I told them that was unacceptable, they offered to sell me a new router...Ugh!I'm returning this POS as soon as possible.

2-0 out of 5 stars OK, but Belkin product better
I bought both the linksys and belkin 4-port kvm products. On the linksys, I had problems with mice being recognized and having mouse clicks missed. On bootup, I could not have my laptop attached if it was not on port 1, since it would then think the mouse was not attached no matter what mouse or trackball I used.
I have none of these problems with the Belkin product. Also, from an ergonomic point of view, the belkinproduct is set up much better, with the cables all attaching from the back (except the console mouse/keyboard cables). Also, the belkin product is less expensive.
Obviously, I would suggest forgetting the linksys and buying the belkin kvm. ... Read more


8. IOGEAR GSC104U MiniView KVMP Kit with Cables
by IOGEAR
list price: $199.99
our price: $113.04
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Asin: B0000512VR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IOGEAR
Sales Rank: 38898
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Operating system-independent with no software required
  • Share a monitor, USB keyboard, USB mouse, and 2 more USB devices among 4 computers
  • Works with Macs, PCs and other USB-compliant computers
  • Plug and play monitor support
  • Supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1440

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Does what it promises, this is a true USB switch
I've had this device for years now.I purchased it to share a keyboard, monitor and mouse between a newly purchased Mac and my PC.It does exactly that.I plugged in my USB keyboard and mouse, plugged in the monitor, and it works great!

I've used this with Windows, Linux and Mac OS 9/X with a range of USB devices, and never had any problems.IOGear makes good reliable KVMs that come with cable sets (although I did have to purchase 1 longer cable, to reach a 3rd computer). I never experienced any video issues, things looked crsip and clear.

One potential "gotcha" is that this is a true switch.When you switch to the next computer, it "disconnects" the USB devices from the computer you just switched away from, and connects them to the computer you just switched to.This gives you the ability to switch lots of USB devices between machines, but introduces a few seconds of "lag" when you switch, as the computer has to detect the new USB devices.

If you want USB keyboard emulation, so there's not that "switch lag", there's other USB KVMs out there that do USB "sniffing".

Overall, I've been really happy with mine.Years later, it's still going strong.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good KVM switch
I have been using this KVM switch for years.
Very well build. No problems under Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
I did try variety of USB devices connected to the HUB such as: Scanners (HP & CardScan), Keyboards (Microsoft and GoldTouch), Hard drives, Cameras (Logitech), and a Cannon Printer. I never had any issues. The only negative is that the switch can not be controlled from the keyboard.

2-0 out of 5 stars IOGEAR GCS104U 4-Port MiniView USB KVM
Bought this product to use with my MS Internet Keyboard which is a PS-2 keyboard (with a usb adapter).No matter how many times I attached the keyboard to the USB of the miniview, it would not detect it as an Internet Keyboard.Only as a HID Keyboard Device.This prevented me from using the shortcut buttons at the top of the keyboard.

Also, when going into games, never of the keyboard keys would work which is strange.I even d/l the latest drivers from MS to get it to work and it still would not respond inside of games.But the keyboard keys work in stuff like Word and Visual Studio.

So in all, it just turned my multi-functional keyboard into a generic usb keyboard which only worked in programs other then games.I would recommend staying away until IOGEAR or MS resolves this bug. ... Read more


9. 32 PORT 10/100 RACKMOUNTABLE
by Startech Computer Products

our price: $153.99
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Asin: B00006LHGA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Startech Computer Products
Sales Rank: 57415
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Product Description

Whether you need to mix 10Mbps and 100Mbps connections, or want to extend your network beyond your current cabling length limitations, the StarTech.com full-duplex, 32-Port 10/100-Mbps Ethernet switch will be an invaluable addition to your expanding network. Up to 32 Fast Ethernet PCs, hubs or cascaded switches can be connected via the RJ-45 ports. LEDs for each port indicate network status at a glance. ... Read more


10. IOGEAR GCS102U 2-Port MiniView USB KVM & Peripheral Sharing Switch (USB)
by IOGEAR
list price: $149.99
our price: $60.79
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Asin: B0000512DT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IOGEAR
Sales Rank: 20692
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Iogear MiniView USB GCS102U KVM Switch - 2 x 1 - 2 x USB Keyboard & Mouse, 2 x D-Sub (HD-15) VGAWith increased data bandwidth, true Plug-n-Play compatability and hot-swappability, USB has become the new standard in low-mid speed peripheral communication. With this in mind, we developed the new MiniView KVMP switches with USB peripheral sharing capability. Use the MiniView with a monitor, USB keyboard, USB mouse and two other USB devices - any USB devices. If you need to use more USB devices, connect a USB hub to increase the number of shared ports. With IOGEAR's USB MiniView, peripheral sharing has never been easier. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theIogear GCS102U - 2PORT MINIVIEW USB KVMP PERIPHERAL SHARING SWITCH KIT and all other Iogear Switchboxes ... Read more

Features

  • Connected computers can be added or removed from the setup without disturbing the other computers
  • Share a monitor, USB keyboard, USB mouse, and two more USB devices among two computers
  • Works with Macs, PCs and other USB-compliant computers
  • USB 1.1 compliance ensures full compatibility with your USB devices
  • Supports video resolutions up to 1920 x 1440

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Got to be something better
I use it to switch keyboard/video/mouse between two systems, but it's pretty flaky.Sometimes you have to hit the button several times to get it to switch, and since it takes several seconds for the switch to take effect, you have to click ... move the mouse around and wait to see if it worked ... click ... move the mouse around and wait to see if it worked ... etc.Annoying.It works okay except for that, but it's also on the expensive side.There's got to be something better out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Mac and PC Sharing
I bought this KVM a few weeks ago after scouring the web for USB KVM boxes.This was one of the few out there that qualified.The reason I needed a USB switch was for my wife's computer, which is an Apple Power Mac G4.The other computer hooked up to it is a clone Pentium 3 system.So far, we have not had any problems with the unit.In general, we tend to put the Apple in sleep mode when we shut in down rather then power it off altogether.When we switch back to the Apple after using the PC for a while, the Apple automatically turns on without having to wake it up.On the PC side, I am running Windows XP, and I normally shut it down in hibernation mode.Switching from the Apple to the PC, all I have to do is hit the power button, and I'm up and running with both the mouse and keyboard completely functional.

One side note - I am using the Macintosh USB keyboard that came with the Power Mac, and the USB mouse is a Microsoft Optical.So far, both of these devices have worked great between the two computers.Also, we have an HP DeskJet printer which we share between the two computers, and I plugged the printer into one of the two USB slots that are on the front of the KVM.So far, it's worked great.

Other then it being PC and MAC friendly, this is a great system if only for the fact that it comes complete with everything you need to set it up - no need to go out and buy more cables.The only drawback I could see is that you are limited to sharing the KVM between only two computers.But if what you are looking for is a good (and inexpensive) way to share one keyboard, mouse, and monitor with two computers (whether it is aMAC or PC), then this would be a sound solution for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just be sure to keep your receipt
Good: comes with all the cables you need to setup a switch for two systems to share a monitor, USB keyboard and USB mouse. Reasonably priced.Small size.Supposedly has hot switch capability.
Bad: Recognized desktop, but wouldn't recognize laptop and wouldn't switch between systems.Basically my primary system would work as long as it was the first and only system I used. As soon as I hit the switch it was time to shut down and reboot both systems. I'm a well-above average user and I tried everything I could think of to make it work, read the directions from the start, booted up separately to allow initialization, checked the knowledge base website. After several frustrating hours I returned it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compact and Functional
I have a Mac and PC that I would manually switch cables between the one monitor. After much research I found this Iogear KVM switch. It is awesome. It comes with the cables you need to connect two computers to the one monitor. It is is so simple to use and it is such a tidy little unit that it takes up no room at all on your desktop.

I am impressed enough with the ability to share a monitor between the Mac and PC (no more getting up and fiddling around with the back of the monitor) and the 4 USB ports that come with this unit are a bonus (sharing one USB keyboard and Mouse between two computers). I hooked up my Zio Smart Card Reader (USB) to the Iogear unit and instantly I was switching between the two platforms and they both were recognising the card.

If you are looking at KVM switches this unit is worth your consideration. (There is also a larger model that allows 4 computers to share one monitor and keyboard). I like the fact that this unit looks after both the Mac and PC people out there. ... Read more


11. IOGEAR GCS14 4-Port MiniView PC PS/2 KVM Switch Kit (PS/2)
by IOGEAR
list price: $189.00
our price: $52.24
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Asin: B0000512QS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IOGEAR
Sales Rank: 31118
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Introducing the new four-port MiniView™ KVM switches from IOGEAR - simple solutions for those with more PCs than hands. Use one keyboard, one mouse an ... Read more

Features

  • Three year limited warranty
  • KVM switch permits up to four computers to share one keyboard/mouse/monitor
  • Easy to install and use
  • No software required
  • No external power supply needed

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars It works fine
I recently got the iogear GCS14, and it's been working fine for me. My setup consists of:

Main Monitor:Dell 2001FP
Main Keyboard: Keytronic's PS2 keyboard (Model E06101D201-C)
Main Mouse: Dell's 2-button scroll, PS/2 mouse
Computer 1:Dell Dimension 4700 PC
Computer 2:Sony Vaio PCG-R505 TSK with docking station. This laptop does not have any PS/2 port, only USB ports. So I had to buy a "USB to PS/2 adapter" for the keyboard & mouse. The adapter cost only $9 at Frys, so worked out great.

Initially, I had use the Dell PS/2 keyboard as the main keyboard. But somehow, it didn't work.The keyboard functioned fine for Dell PC, but stopped working when I switched over to the Sony Vaio. Anyway, I then replaced it with the Keytronic's PS/2 keyboard, and everything worked! I was able to switch back and forth between the 2 computers using the hot key sequence: "ctrl-alt-shift, 1, enter" OR "ctrl-alt-shift, 2, enter".

As for Video quality. I couldn't really tell whether there's a degradation or not. I had set my LCD to 1920 x 1200 and it seemed fine.

Btw, the cables are pretty short. But it worked out fine for me since all the computers are congregated in one section of desk. But if you have computers far away from each other, you might have to buy extenders.


5-0 out of 5 stars Worked perfectly
It comes with all the cables you'll need for all 4 PCs and works perfectly.No problems at all.Plugged everything in and it just works without any degredation in performance or picture quality.

It might look a little cheap, but the fact is you are going to have 15 cables sticking out of the thing, so you're going to hide it if you have any sense at all, and so how it looks will make no difference.The whole point of a KVM switch is so that you can do your switching from a single keyboard.

This is the one to buy if you have non-USB keyboards and mice.You plug your non-USB keyboard and mouse and your monitor into one set of plugs, then you use the included cables to connect the switch to the PCs you want to use (the PCs must have non-USB keyboard and mouse connections) and that's it.It draws power from the systems to which it is connected.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very inexpensive and quite decent.
I have three machines hooked up to this box and, so far, it's performing no worse than the Belkin and other boxes I've used in the past.Since those vendors charge about as much for one set of cables as this entire unit costs, that makes it fairly impressive.

The only complaint I might have so far is that the fit and finish of the box feels a bit sub-par.The case is a bit flimsy looking but, I suspect, as long as it's not abused, this won't impact functionality.

Video shows absolutely NO noticeable degradation, which I couldn't say about the Belkins I've used.Switching works fine.My vanilla PS/2 keyboard and mouse work without incident.

I'm going to try a USB mouse with a PS/2 adaptor just for grins.If it doesn't work, no big deal since the manufacturer made no promises.But I've heard stories of them working fine.

I don't regret the purchase and I'd buy it again.It's a great deal.

2-0 out of 5 stars Returned to store. Does not work with wireless .
I called Iogear after everything was set up, and they told me that this one doesnt work with wireless. I called back and asked what they suggest, and they said try GCS1732 or GSC1734, they should work with wireless. After my call, Im questioning the quality of Iogears tech support.
Ofcouse the models that work with wireless are priced between 140 and 190. I think I will just have to pull my 17" CRT out of storage for a while.
Until LCD prices come down a little.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Perfectly
I recently bought this switch, in a package which includes 4 6-foot kvm cables, from another vendor, and I'm very happy with it. It works perfectly.

Unlike one of the reviewers below, my USB Logitech mouse, connected via a PS/2 adapter, has absolutely no problems, neither with the buttons, nor wheel, nor scrolling. I suspect his mouse problem is due to the driver. I use the standard Microsoft PS/2 mouse driver. You don't necessarily need a "pure" PS/2 mouse, though the instructions indicate that serial to PS/2 will not work.

The video quality is also great, no loss or distortion whatsoever. I was actually prepared to see some loss in video, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

The keyboard works great too, as do the hot keys for switching ports. I even connected the mouse and monitor to a DOS machine that uses an older keyboard connection. So for that I have to swap keyboards. Nevertheless, the video and mouse still work fine.

I chose this switch after much review. The decision came down to Belkin vs IOGear. Given the overall consensus and price, I chose IOGear. Also, I found that the cables are very important. So I think it makes sense to buy a package which includes cables; unless you need much longer ones, in which case be prepared to pay extra for quality. Video quality though is dependant on cable length, so shorter is better. ... Read more


12. Starview 2-Port KVM Switch Kit with Cables (PC/Mac)
by STARTECH.COM
list price: $94.99
our price: $71.99
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Asin: B00006B8EC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: STARTECH.COM
Sales Rank: 39406
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Product Description

Startech StarView KVM Switch - 2 x 1 - 2 x D-Sub (HD-15) VGA, 2 x Type B- Desktop - PC, Mac, Sun, LinuxThe SV231USB is a reliable StarView KVM switch that combines the simplicity of universal serial bus (USB) technology with the reliability and power of the StarView line of KVM switches. This package comes complete with cables allowing it to be used right out of the box with no hassles.A ready-to-use, out-of-the-box solution, the SV231USB 2 port KVM switch kit comes complete with two reliable StarTech.com USB KVM cables to remove tangles and help organize your workspace.Cable ports are located at the rear of the SV231USB providing easy, no-nonsense cable identification and organization. Switching between computers is as easy as pressing a button on the front of the unit. Its low cost, super small footprint design, and high 1920x1440 resolution display capability make this switch perfect for any application where reliability and cost-effectiveness are a necessity.StarTech.com SV231USB is the reliable solution for call center, help desk and SOHO environments, environments where PCs and Macs are used togther and when integrating enterprise computer systems together. The SV231USB is a reliable computer management tool that allows you to control multiple computers from one source, minimizing downtime by making connected computers and input devices available as soon as they are attached. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theStartech.com SV231USB - 2PORT RELIABLE STARVIEW KVM SWITCH USB PC/MAC and all other Startech.com Switchboxes ... Read more

Features

  • Control 2 PCs, G3/G4 Macs or iMacs from one USB keyboard/mouse/monitor
  • 2 computers can share 3 different USB peripherials
  • Supports keyboard and mouse plug and play
  • Selectable auto scan time interval; no drivers required
  • Front panel push buttons for easy computer selection

13. JMTEK UDC201 CROSSBOX - PC to PC Data Transfer & Backup Device
by JMTek

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Asin: B0001YW1LQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JMTek
Sales Rank: 38512
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Product Description

Once connected to each PC, CROSSBOX automatically displays both hard drives on the screen enabling the user to quickly locate and copy files to and from each system. Operating at USB 2.0 speeds, CROSSBOX moves files faster than standard flash memory-based storage media. CROSSBOX is pocket-sized and has retractable cables allowing it to be easily carried anywhere. ... Read more

Features

  • Interface - USB 2.0 compliant and 1.1 compatible
  • Power Supply - USB BUS powered
  • Maximum Cable Length (extended) Approximately 4 Feet
  • Housing - High-Impact Plastic
  • LED Status Indicator - Blue LED

14. Belkin F3X1105-06 OmniView 6' All-In-One PS/2 KVM Cable Kit Pro Series
by Belkin Components
list price: $34.99
our price: $19.94
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Asin: B000056SSO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 8290
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Product Description

The OmniView™ All-In-One Pro Series Plus KVM Cable Kit is the easiest and neatest way to connect all your computers and servers to your KVM switches. These Cable Kits offer high-performance, high-quality, and reliability. The Pro Series Plus All-In-One Cable Kits feature nickel-plated connectors with a gray jacket and are great for high resolution applications.

The OmniView™ All-In-One Pro Series Plus KVM Cable Kit cabling is the solution for hooking up one PS/2 computer to your OmniView™ KVM Switch.

Features

  • Coaxial VGA cabling supports superior image clarity
  • Ferrite Bead reduces electromagnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI)
  • Strain relief molding increases durability
  • Double shielding and PVC overmolding prevent loss of data
  • PC99 color and modified thumbscrews allows for easy installation
  • All-In-One design makes connections and setups neat and easy
  • Available in retail packaging or bag and label
  • Manufacturer’s Lifetime Warranty
  • UL rated wiring
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Features

  • All-In-One design makes connections and setups neat and easy
  • Coaxial VGA cabling supports superior image clarity
  • Ferrite Bead reduces electromagnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI)
  • Double shielding and PVC overmolding prevent loss of data
  • PC99 color and modified thumbscrews allows for easy installation

15. Aten Technologies Serial To Parallel Bi-Direction Converter W/ 256K Buffer
by ATEN TECHNOLOGIES
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0000511BX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: ATEN TECHNOLOGIES
Sales Rank: 46770
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Product Description

The SXP-325A is an interface converter that allows Centronics and RS-232 devices to communicate with each other (a computer with an RS-232 output to a Centronics printer, for example). The converter is bidirectional enabling you to convert from serial to parallel or parallel to serial. The SXP-325A is configured with 512 KB of memory allowing it to serve as a printer buffer.This two-way converter provides a DB-25 RS-232C (DCE) compatible connector, and a C-36 Centronics connector. The serial baud rate is from 1200 to 115200 bps. (selectable by DIP Switch). The parallel interface speed for the (buffered) SXP-325A is 1.5 MB/sec. The unit supports both hardware and software (XON/XOFF) handshaking. Setup is extremely easy. All that is involved is setting the DIP Switch and connecting the cables. ... Read more


16. STARTECH.COM SV431USB 4 Port Starview USB KVM Switch
by STARTECH.COM
list price: $109.99
our price: $95.94
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Asin: B00006B8DA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: STARTECH.COM
Sales Rank: 43114
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Startech StarView KVM Switch - 2 x 1 - 4 x D-Sub (HD-15) VGA, 4 x Type B- 1U Rack-mountable - PC, Mac, LinuxStarTech.com SV431USB is the reliable solution for server room and industrial computer environments. The SV431USB is a reliable computer management tool that allows you to control multiple computers from one console; minimizing downtime by making connected computers and input devices available as soon as they are attached. An all-metal, chassis provides SV431USB with a rugged and durable body that adds to the unit reliability and dependability. This reliability is cemented in the 30 series of StarView KVM switches with a dependable 3-year limited warranty. The SV431USB is a true cross platform USB KVM that ensures a smooth and reliable operating experience. This integrated KVM switch also functions as an USB hub allowing the selected computer to have access to up to 4 USB devices. The SV431USB works with any operating system that supports the USB human interface device specification. Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theStartech.com SV431USB - 4PORT RELIABLE STARVIEW KVM/CPU SWITCH USB PC/MAC and all other Startech.com Switchboxes ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work out of the box
This KVM is advertised to work without a power supply under Mac and PC (as specified on the startech.com website) but doesn't. It has a 5v recepticle but doesn't even include a cheapo wall wart. The 5v voltage is not even common enough for Radio Shack to carry them so they are expecting a lot from the end user.

The specific problem is I get a warning from my Macs about too much power being drawn and then the keyboad and/or mouse gets disabled.

I have 2 differnt setups where it fails to work. One consists of a PowerMac G4 and a PowerBook G4 with a ViewSonic 20" monitor, Apple Pro keyboard, and Microsoft Optical Mouse.

The other setup consists of a PowerBook G4, Old Micron Linux box, Sony 17" LCD, Apple Pro keyboard, and a Logitech Optical mouse.

These seem like common configurations so I am wondering if it is defective or unrealistic about its power requirements. I have written startech.com about this issue. I will update this review once I get a response.

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UPDATE

Startech sent me the power adapter needed when connecting to Macs. BTW, its not included. Seems to work as advertised but I have noticed that if I don't switch to a Mac for an extended period it wont wakeup.

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent quality, easy to set up
This product is great. The picture quality on the monitor is excellent, even without a power adapter. This is the only switch I could find for under $100 that supports USB. Most switches in this price range only support PS/2 mouse/keyboard, but my printer is USB-only, so I needed a switch that supports USB. Startech also makes some cables ...that have monitor and USB bound together which I also bought.

I use this switch for a desktop & a laptop. When I connect my laptop, I just need to plug in the monitor & USB, and I'm ready to go! It's so easy. I just wish it could control audio as well, though there's probably some USB device out there that you could plug into this switch.

The cable setup was a snap and there were no drivers to install. My system recognized the devices automatically.

On the down-side, my laptop (WinXP) is a little slow to recognize the mouse & keyboard when I switch to it. It usually takes about 3 seconds, but can be up to 20 seconds on occasion. Generally it's not long enough to bother me.

On my desktop (Win2000), it recognizes the devices much more quickly, but occasionally crashes the system when I switch to it. I think this only happens when I try to move the mouse or type on the keyboard before it has recognized those devices. Now, I just switch to it, wait a second until I see the mouse's cursor appear on the screen, and I haven't crashed it since. A little annoying, but now that I know how to use it, it's no problem. ... Read more


17. Iogear GCS12 2-Port MiniView PC/PS/2 KVM Switch
by IOGEAR
list price: $129.99
our price: $35.99
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Asin: B00005141P
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: IOGEAR
Sales Rank: 36482
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Product Description

Control 2 PCs from one PC! Simple, reliable KVM Switching technology. Connects in seconds, easy to use, no software required. Just plug and go! ... Read more

Features

  • Add or remove connected PCs without powering off the KVM switch
  • Lets you use 1 keyboard, monitor, and mouse to control 2 computers
  • Supports Microsoft Intellimouse, Logitech FirstMouse+, and Logitech MouseMan+
  • Permits port selection through push buttons and Hotkeys
  • PS/2 mouse emulation for error-free boot-up

18. Manual Switchbox Db15f for Vga Monitors 2x1 Ab
by APC

our price: $24.36
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Asin: B00006B780
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: APC
Sales Rank: 36635
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Product Description

In the E-world where businesses can't stop and downtime is measured in dollars, American Power Conversion (APC) provides protection against some of the leading causes of downtime, data loss and hardware damage: power problems and temperature. As a global leader in power availability solutions, APC sets the standard in its industry for quality, innovation and support. Its comprehensive AC and DC power solutions, which are designed for both home and corporate environments, improve the manageability, availability and performance of sensitive electronic, network, communications and industrial equipment of all sizes. ... Read more


19. Belkin F1U125-KIT Bitronics Auto Switch Kit
by Belkin Components
list price: $69.99
our price: $47.49
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Asin: B00000J1S0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Belkin Components
Sales Rank: 29357
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The 2-port Bitronics AutoSwitch permits two computers to share one parallel device, like a printer, or lets one PC select between two parallel devices, such as a scanner and Zip&reg; drive.

Features

  • Fully automatic when 2 PCs share one parallel device.
  • Full lifetime warranty.
  • Works with parallel printers, scanners, Zip&reg; drives, or almost any IEEE 1284 parallel device.
  • Includes software for automatic printer selection in Windows&reg; 95, 98, and NT.
  • No power required.
  • Includes 6-foot IEEE 1284 male-to-male switch cable.
  • Fully electronic design makes it 100% safe to use with any parallel printer.
  • Supports all IEEE 1284 bi-directional communication modes.
  • Special file transfer function between two PCs included.
  • LED indicators for port connections.
  • Optional DC power jack.
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Features

  • Optional DC power jack
  • Includes software for automatic printer selection in Windows® 95, 98, and NT
  • No power required
  • Fully automatic when 2 PCs share one parallel device
  • Special file transfer function between two PCs included

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars It Works!!
Easy setup, I received this package and was eagerto install. Sharring a printer. One thing to mention it does require on regular printer cable and TWO male to male cables to hook two pc's up to one printer. So order an extra cable with it. Easy set up again, didn't have to install any HW for the printer. Seems to take jobs very fast.

5-0 out of 5 stars No complaints at all
The Bitronics Autoswitch works just as you'd expect.I boughtit at amazon.com to switch between a HP Laserjet 6L and an HP Officejet scanner/printer/fax... the Laserjet is my main printer, but occasionally I use the Officejet to scan pictures and the like.(And note that there's no problem using bi-directional devices like scanners.)

It works like a champ.No need to install the (optional) software, no need to plug it in-- just hook up the cables and you're good to go.You just press a button to switch between the two devices.

Only thing to know is that there's nothing "automatic" about this-- you need to do the switching yourself.The word "automatic" refers to another way you can use this switch-- to hook two PCs up to a single device.I don't need this capability, so I haven't tried it.

Good product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great AutoSwitch, very easy to use
I bought this model last year to switch between my HP Laser and Canon color ink jet. It's great -- very easy to switch back and forth, easy to hook up. I would recommend, however, purchasing the extra AC power plug(information on ordering should come with the AutoSwitch) -- without it Ioccasionally had problems with glitches in the data sent to one printer orthe other. ... Read more


20. KVM Converter for Sun Emulatesun Keyboard & Video
by RARITAN COMPUTER

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Asin: B00006B779
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RARITAN COMPUTER
Sales Rank: 66356
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Product Description

Guardian offers the ultimate in reliability and serviceability for your most valuable computer systems. Each Guardian for PC, Mac, and Sun computers plugs into the keyboard port and mouse port, and appears to the computer as its physical keyboard and mouse.Since Guardian behaves like a keyboard and mouse, the computer will boot and run flawlessly. Guardian is powered by the computer and provides ports so you can "hot" connect a keyboard and mouse anytime to operate the system. Using Guardian with PCs connected to a mechanical A/B switch will eliminate PC booting and keyboard locking problems. With Guardian in line, you can hot connect or disconnect MasterConsole cable or a physical keyboard and mouse. For mission-critical servers connected to Raritan's MasterConsole, Guardian provides a "fail-safe" service port. Guardian for Mac and Guardian for Sun also convert the keyboard, mouse, and video signals to PS/2 and VGA standards. This enables any number of Mac or Sun computers equipped with Guardian, as well as PCs, to be connected to MasterConsole and controlled with a single PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, and VGA monitor. ... Read more


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