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IOGEAR MiniView? Micro PS/2 Audio KVM Switch with Cables (GCS614A)
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Product Description

The four-port MiniView Micro Audio KVM switch from IOGear is a simple solution for those with more PCs than hands. Use one keyboard, one monitor and one mouse to control four PCs or Macintosh systems, and share the multimedia speakers among them. This self-powered KVM switch features mouse & keyboard emulation to ensure smooth operation, as well as support for Plug-n-Play monitors and most wheel mice. IOGear's patented VSE Video Signal Enhancement technology provides rich, 32-bit color at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536. With KVM cables (6' long) molded into the unit, all you need to do is to plug it into your computers, and you've got a complete KVM solution from IOGear.

Features:
  • Device Type - KVM Switch
  • Form Factor - N/A
  • Dimensions WxDxH - 3.52" x 2.83" x 1.02"
  • Weight - 1.5 lbs

Customer Reviews:

  • Works well, but the documentation stinks!
    First off, I'm a techie, and not afraid to experiment with *any* computer device. So, when I couldn't get this to work (yes, I read the directions!), I had to scour the web and discovered that the hot key sequence as described in the documentation (Ctrl-Alt-Shift) does NOT tell you that you need to hit AND RELEASE all keys in sequence. From the other reviews, I'm not the only user who had trouble discovering this anomaly, but now that I have it working, I suggest that you approach the key sequence as follows: tap and release the ctrl key, then the alt key, and finally the shift key, and you should see the Caps Lock and Scroll Lock lights alternate. Then, tap the number key for the computer you wish to access.

    So, while this works well, the documentation needs to be fixed. ...more info
  • Limited support for audio
    This is the second KVM switch I've owned. I was excited to have audio support. However, upon setup I found that audio response was very poor ~ next to no response from my subwoofer, and all low-end sound seemed to be filtered out. I emailed IOGEAR's support department and received the following response:
    ------------
    Greetings,

    Thank you for contacting us.

    Subwoolfers are not supported by this KVM. It will only support a powered two speaker setup. We are changing the packaging to reflect this.

    I apologize for any inconvenience.
    ------------

    ...very disappointing, as this not-so-minor detail is not mentioned anywhere on IOGEAR's website, not in the product brochure.

    Aside from this drawback, the switch works as you'd expect. One minor gripe I have is that the hotkey sequence 'ctrl-alt-shift-#', where '#' corresponds to the computer you'd like to access, is kind of a pain. My previous KVM switch used a double-tap of the scroll lock key...which became second nature after using it for a while. I'm not sure why such a long hotkey combination is necessary. Granted, this is only a minor drawback. On the possitive side, setup was a no-brainer, and my Logitech wireless keyboards works perfectly (despite IOGEAR's warning that wireless keyboard and mice aren't fully supported).

    Bottom line? If audio is important to you and you have more than two speakers, you'll definitely want to consider other options. If audio's not important, you may still be able to find a cheaper 4-port KVM swich which does not have audio integration....more info

  • This product works really well
    This is a really good product. I have three computers and I don't have any problems with it. The only thing that they did not mention in the manual is that, when clicking the ctrl, alt, shift buttons, make sure that you click it at a fast pace about a second apart. Because when I did it, it was at a slow pace and it wasn't working. But overall it is a great product to have when using more than one computer....more info
  • everything I wanted...
    The product worked as advertised out-of-the-box. I connected three CPUs to the 4-port KVM switch. I had no difficulty connecting the video, mouse and keyboard connectors to the KVM hub (contrary to some reviews here). I also had no problems with switching ONCE I FIGURED IT OUT. The manufacturer has chosen the ALT-CNTRL-SHIFT sequence, but don't hold them all down at the same time. Press ALT and release, then press CNTRL and releaase, tne press SHIFT. The KVM switch then goes into a mode looking for a 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 to choose auto-scan or one of the four ports.

    A good product, and a good price from AMAZON. ...more info
  • IOGEAR KVM plus MSFT ONE NOTE - A rocking combo !!!
    First, the device is flawless. It is a solid little piece of work that looks like I could throw it at the wall several times and it would still operate. I'm not going to do that-- it just looks and feels that solid.
    What jazzed me up enough to write a review was a real world application - One Note from Microsoft. I am lucky enough to have it on the 3 computers that I use (SBS Server, desktop, laptop). One Note has a sharing feature that allows me to seamlessly move text, images, audio, and video between computers. For a long time I had messed with CLIPBOOK and other virtual clipboard managers but none worked as expected or advertised. I had given up the dream when it occurred to me that One Note had a collaborative aspect to it.
    For anyone who's running a KVM like the GCS614A - One Note takes switching to a new level. It was great to network my machines with SBS and D-LINK hardware. It was great to recover the real estate on my desk hogged by all those monitors, keyboards, and mice with IOGEAR. But it is really great now that everyting comes together with One Note. ...more info
  • Terrible product!
    Terrible product and poor design! I tried everything to make this switch to work with no success. I then called technical support and they couldn't get it to work either. As for design at the connector hub, inputs are to close causing fittings to be cramped and bent. I had to force all connectors: video,keyboard,mouse,& audio to fit properly.

    This will be going back!

    Update!
    Got my replacement and finally got it to work. After going back checking all the cables and spending time playing with it. The trick to make it work is to press all four keys CTrL,ALT,SHIFT then the computer # (1,2,3,or 4) rapid & exactly in order. Try doing this a few times to get a feel for it. This worked for me.

    I give it a low rating for the trouble and poor intructions by the manual and tech support.

    Upgrade to 3 STARS for the design flaw.
    ...more info
  • Just Didn't Work
    Out of the box, on the 3 PCs, didn't work. Called 24x7 tech support, got through quickly and was told I had to start PC 1, when it was booted start PC 2, etc. Didn't work. Called tech support back, rebooted all 3 machines (you can only see one so you just power them off) he said it didn't matter what order the PCs were started in. Tried two other keyboards. My device worked on whichever PC started first, and only that one. It would not switch between them....more info
  • Excellent
    very good KVM switch I have used several KVM switches and this IOgear is the best one I have ever used. I got one to man age the office servers, and the computers at home. play's DVD and does gaming in high resolution.

    ...more info
  • IT WORKS!
    Make sure you press the ALT CTRL SHIFT keys fast and in proper order. I almost sent it back because I wasn't pressing them fast enough and the switch didn't appear to be working. I'm using it with three computers and it has worked perfectly for two months. The only con is that when I have to switch between computers frequently(every couple minutes) pressing the hot keys gets tiresome. It would be much nicer if it had a manual switch too. Well worth the cost the way it is though. ...more info