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IOGEAR 2-Port DVI KVMP Switch with Audio and Cables (GCS1762)
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Product Description

The Iogear DVI KVMP Switch GCS1762 switch charts a revolutionary new direction in KVM switch functionality by combining a 2-port USB KVM switch with USB peripheral sharing capability at the same time as it provides an interface for a digital monitor (DVI). As a KVM switch, it allows users to access two computers from a single USB keyboard, USB mouse, and monitor, and any peripherals such as printers and scanners. The GCS1762's independent (asynchronous) switching feature, allows the KVM focus to be on one computer while the USB peripheral focus is on another. This eliminates the need to purchase a separate USB hub as well as the need to purchase separate stand-alone peripheral sharers - such as printer servers, modem splitters, etc. The GCS1762 further improves on previous designs with DVI (Digital Video Interface) connectors, and the transfer of keyboard and mouse data to the computers via a fast, reliable USB connection. Computer selection via front panel switches and hot keys LED display for easy status monitoring Auto Scan Mode for monitoring all computers Easy installation Hot pluggable - add or remove computers for maintenance without powering down the switch Supports Windows and Mac host systems Video Resolution - Up to 1920 x 1200 On Line LED - 2 x Orange USB Peripherals LED - 2 x Green Selected LED - 2 x Orange Housing Case - Metal Microphone - 2 x Microphone jack Monitor - 2 x DVI-I ports (female) Audio - 2 x Stereo earphone jack Keyboard & Mouse - 2 x USB Type B sockets System Requirements - A DVI Monitor, A USB style mouse, A USB style keyboard, Optional Microphone and speakers, A DVI port from computer, Type A USB port, Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Mac OS 8.6 or greater, Linux, UNIX, Audio - Requires 2-piece powered speaker system Dimensions - Depth 7.87 (19.99 cm) x Height 1.65 (4.19 cm) x Width 2.93 inch (7.44 cm) Unit Weight - 1.76 pounds

Features:
  • Device Type - KVMP Switch
  • Form Factor - N/A
  • Dimensions WxDxH - 2.93" x 7.87" x 1.65"

Customer Reviews:

  • Fully functional with some minor flaws
    I've got this for a month now. It works almost flawlessly. It seems less people had trouble with the DVI switch, so let's talk about the keyboard/mouse. I can't say much in general, just cover what does work. It worked perfectly with Microsoft wireless desktop elite keyboard; combined with MS wireless IntelliMouse explorer 2.0; through a single wireless receiver plugged into the USB port marked with keyboard. Every key worked, from email, web, volume control to user defined. The MS mouse is also fully functional. It also worked with my Logitech cordless keyboard (Y-RC14) paired with MS IntelliMouse with IntelliEye, fully functional. I am running Windows XP on both PCs, don't know if that matters. There are not many DVI KVM switch out there, it is easier to match your keyboard/mouse to it than the other way around.

    The audio and extra USB device sharing worked flawlessly as well.

    One thing it can be easily improved is the cable. The DVI cable is thicker and can be secured; the audio cable is thiner and can easily be pulled out. Why are they of the same length?? Make the audio cable slightly longer would make quite a difference.

    Also, the cable is sensitive to bend; I've seen it made my screen go pink if bend at certain angle.

    Overall this switch let me use every key on my multi-function keyboard/mouse, the screen display is crisp, audio/usb sharing worked as expected. I am happy with this product.
    ...more info
  • Don't buy if you need USB 2.0
    I was able to get this to work with a 3 year old Mac (after buying an ADC to DVI converter) and a brand new Dell without any trouble, and once I figured out how to turn off the loud beeping noise I was pretty happy with it - especially the feature that lets me switch computers without switching the USB ports. Then I discovered that the USB ports are 1.1 only - in fact Iogear proudly says the ports are fully compliant with USB 1.1 in their literature - which would be great if this was 1999, but in 2006 it would be nice to get full bandwidth from my 2.0 peripherals and not get the annoying "you have plugged a high-speed device in a crummy USB port from the last decade" when switching computers....more info
  • Not Bad...uhhh...basically the cheape$t one around...
    Good...very good...exactly what people are looking for...$199.99 @ Fry's electronics!!!! good god those Heathens - amazon order takes about 4 seconds to arrive (voila!)

    THE only thing I HATE - You must select the screen (button 1 or 2) first before your computer boots up - otherwise, your Mac or PC will have default small desktop - thus destroying any Icon Workflow one may have developed! maybe I'm missing a secret setting on the PC that says "Never arrange Desktop"...more info
  • Works great!
    IOGEAR 2-Port DVI KVMP Switch with Audio and Cables (GCS1762)

    I have a 17" MacBook Pro that I use as my main system for web design and an older HP desktop that I use for testing purposes. I was using a Belkin 4-port USB switch. The Belkin USB switch was causing a massive amount of kernel panics on my Mac so I decided to give a real KVM a try. I set this up and worked out a kink or two and now it works flawlessly.

    The downside to this is that it is only DVI so if you've got an older (or more bare bones) you may have to purchase and install a new video card that includes DVI. That was the case for me. Not a big factor in the long run, though.

    Initially when I started my Mac the KVM was set to display the PC. When I switched over to the Mac on the KVM, the resolution for both the laptop and the Dell 27" flat panel was screwy. I looked it up online and found out that you simply have to restart the Mac with the KVM set to display the Mac, set the display settings (if required), and the Mac will remember it from that point forward. So that wasn't a big issue either.

    Overall, it's a fabulous product that is going to lengthen my lifespan for each kernel panic it helps me avoid. :-D...more info
  • Not Bad...uhhh...basically the cheape$t one around...
    Good...very good...exactly what people are looking for...$199.99 @ Fry's electronics!!!! good god those Heathens - amazon order takes about 4 seconds to arrive (voila!)

    THE only thing I HATE - You must select the screen (button 1 or 2) first before your computer boots up - otherwise, your Mac or PC will have default small desktop - thus destroying any Icon Workflow one may have developed! maybe I'm missing a secret setting on the PC that says "Never arrange Desktop"...more info
  • Works as expected
    The physical box is very solid. It operates just as one would expect. All cables were included, and its a great price.

    My one minor complaint is that sometimes if you reboot a computer that is not the selected active one, sometimes the display gets confused (wrong dimension). The workaround is always to select the machine on the KVM if you're going to reboot it. I can't always reproduce it, and I rarely reboot my machines, so its no big deal....more info
  • IOGear DVI CS1764
    I got this device to connect two laptops and two desktops, to one screen and one keyboard and mouse. The Mouse is a Microsoft Intellimouse, and the keyboard is a MS internet keyboard Pro, none of these devices work with the IOgear CS1764. I have to plug my mouse and keyboard on the back of the CS1764, to be able to use them, but lose all the keyboard short cuts functionality. Also after some hours the USB devices plug on the back are not available to the my windows or linux OS, requiring me to unplug and plug the devices again....more info
  • The Unit Works Perfectly
    I bought this device so that I could run Windows XP on an Intel Mac Mini and Mac OS X on my G4 tower, both hooked up to an Apple keyboard, Mighty Mouse, and 20" Apple Cinema Display. I had a little trouble at first because I hadn't taken the time to read the directions. However, when I realized that I need to have the unit switched to the computer that is booting, everything just worked!
    I believe those customers complaining about poor support for USB 2.0 devices or other muli-function devices should point the finger of blame squarely at Microsoft. If your USB peripherals aren't working maybe it is because Microsoft has so poorly engineered the software. My scroll wheel mouse works just perfectly on Windows XP and Mac OSX, as do the multi-function (sound, power, hot keys) keys on my keyboard....more info
  • Works as advertised!
    My setup includes a home-built Windows XP with an Intel mainboard and a Power Mac G5, both fully updated. I'm using a USB Mac keyboard and a Sony DVI monitor. Everything has worked flawlessly. The manual isn't bad, but could be better. I can't help wondering if some of the dissatisfied users haven't failed to read the manual closely, thereby missing a detail or two.

    Beyond plugging cables, little setup is required. I had to make a setup change to accomodate the Mac keyboard. By default, the ports are configured to auto-detect keyboard types when connecting to Windows PCs. Mappings between the keyboard types enable you to enter any keystroke with either type of keyboard. For example, my Mac Apple key executes a Windows Menu keystroke when the Windows PC is selected.

    The only thing I'd love to see is switching for optical audio. I have a 5.1 speaker system, and I have to switch inputs between the systems manually. 2-channel audio switching works fine, however, and that's all the specs promise.

    The unit includes a cable for upgrading the firmware. Since mine works fine, I haven't looked to see whether any upgrades are available, but those who have problems might check.

    I've worked with several KVM switches over the years. I was very impressed with this one. It is compact, reasonably priced, includes the required cables, and worked well out of the box. I recommend it highly....more info
  • Nice product when it works, still trying to get mine repaired
    The product has many nice features and is overall easy to use. However, after a little more than a month, my second DVI port stopped functioning. I am now trying to see how good that 3 year warranty is, but currently the IOGEAR technical support is asking for FAXed proof of purchase before they will even allow me to fill out the request for an RMA #. I am not so sure of the products long term quality, and hopefully this is only a isolated case and not the norm. Now where did I put that Amazon packing slip........more info
  • exceeds my expectations
    It seems the world of DVI and USB KVM switches is a fairly small one. I've had plenty of problems with KVMs in the past, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that this one worked as advertised and even included a feature I didn't even know I wanted.

    I have this hooked up to a Thinkpad T61 running Ubuntu Hardy Heron with an Advanced Mini-Dock and a Core 2 Duo Macbook running Leoapard, all connected to an Apple 23" Cinema Display, a Happy Hacker Keyboard, and a Logitech TrackMan Wheel trackball -- not your normal assortment of hardware.

    The switching is fast, much faster than with older KVMs I've used. Furthermore I've not experienced any problems with my setup, everything works as if there wasn't a KVM Switch sitting in the middle.

    The bonus feature that I didn't know I wanted is the USB peripheral switching. I have a Logitech USB headset connected and it's great to be able to have it swap from one computer to the other. The best part is that I can leave it connected to one computer while using the Keyboard, Video and Mouse on the other....more info
  • Worth the Money
    I needed this KVMP, it works pretty good. Only one issue with starting up a computer when not currently on that channel. The other computer when you finally switch to it is nowhere close to the resolution it should be. You have restart the computer with the channel selected, or sometimes you can get the computer to switch to the right res by turning off the monitor and resetting the IOGEAR...more info
  • Mac DVI Users Stay Away from This Product
    Needed this to switch a 22" Apple Cinema Display between a G5 and G4 (server). After some pre-sales questions said the product would work with my system, I purchased the switch (from Amazon), a VGA/DVI adapter for the G4 and hooked it all up. Wouldn't work -- turns out I needed a video card with a DVI port. Fair enough -- another purchase. Still didn't work.

    Would work with one computer, but trying to switch to the other shut down my first computer abruptly. Booting with the second computer, then switch to the first resulting in no display and the blinking power light that indicated the monitor was not receiving a signal.

    What a waste! I would think a product that supposed to simply switch between two CPUs would do just that. Tech support's response: exchange for a new unit. I don't think so....

    Returning the product for a refund, and will buy any other brand that Iogear. I suggest you do the same.

    ...more info
  • PC/Mac KVM
    Got this device to be able to help transition from Windows PC to Mac. Was helpful in getting rid of the second monitor but lots of trouble when switching with video resolution. Was useful but not worth the $$$ spent....more info
  • Works for me
    I bought this as a replacement for another IOGear KVM with PS/2 mouse/keyboard and Analog Video (was forced to because of new PC purchase). I was worried about whether or not this would work how I needed it to, as KVM switches for me have always been hit-and-miss. I decided to get this one because the IOGear brand has seemed to be the best working brand for me in the past. My two requirements were 1.) cables had to be 6 ft. long, and 2.) hotkey function must work because the actual switch box will be inaccessible. This meets both requirements. I have it set up to switch between my work laptop (XP) and my home PC (Vista) and it works fine for both.

    The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the need for external power. There may be a good reason for this, I don't know. My previous IOGear KVM worked great without need for power. Anyway, as I was installing and testing this, we had a power blip and I lost video display from the laptop (external monitor set up as second screen). I had to actually turn everything off - power down both computers and KVM and then bring them back up again - to get video back. It's not a big deal, I just moved the power for the KVM to my battery backup and I shouldn't have any more problems with that. Other than that, this unit is solid and well-built. It's heavy, the casing is metal, not plastic.

    Also, I didn't buy it from Amazon because I didn't want to go through the hassle of returning it if it didn't work for me. I paid full price ($200) for it and I am still happy with my purchase....more info
  • Works Great
    Works great, once I got out the little bugs. It was very easy to setup. It comes with all the cables that you need, which is a plus.

    I had 2 issues during the initial set up, which one seemed to work itself out, but the other is still a problem.

    1 - At first, I could not get the correct resolution to display on me HP w2207h monitor, and I was very close to sending it back. But I was able to get it working correctly.

    On my Windows machine, I went ahead and reinstalled the drivers for it and that seemed to fix the issue.

    On my Linux machine I had to reboot it a couple of times before it would recognized the monitor.

    In both cases, it was not recognizing the monitor.

    2 - On the Windows machine, using MS Word, the screen flashes, every so slightly as I am typing. It does not do this on the Linux machine. Maybe that is going to be my reasoning to switch to Linux permanently. This is still an issue and I have not found a resolution.

    Bottom line - I am very pleased with this product.

    ...more info
  • A few fatal flaws
    This product would have been the answer to all of my problems if it weren't for a few fatal flaws;

    1) It does not support 'multifunction' keyboards...their technical support informed me this includes any keyboards that include volume control, internet buttons, etc. You know, the kind that come with most modern PCs sold today. I don't use those buttons and keyboards are cheap - I'd be willing to just buy a new one except:

    2) Mice with wheel buttons are not supported (according to their tech support, this also constitutes a 'multifunction' device)...so if you are a gamer (or just like the wheel button), prepare to replace your gaming mouse with a plain vanilla 2-button mouse.

    3) Their tech support is pretty awful; They seem to have a checklist of devices that are unsupported (despite being pretty standard with most PCs on the market today), and seem more interested in finding a reason why your configuration is unsupported (thus ending the call) than actually working with you. My mouse was working on both PCs but was just a little choppy on one, but once the support person latched onto the fact that it had a wheel, they were unwilling to waste another second talking about what might be causing the problem and if anything at all could be done to fix it.

    It's too bad, it's even a slick looking little device. I give it two stars because it does indeed switch back and forth between the two monitors....more info