Iogear GCS632U MiniView Micro USB PLUS KVM Switch with Audio and Cables
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Product Description

The two port MiniView Micro USB PLUS KVM switch from Iogear is the simplest way to simultaneously run and share audio among two computers with a single USB keyboard, monitor and USB mouse. This self-powered KVM switch features the unique USB sniffing technology for USB mouse and keyboard emulation to ensure smooth operation, as well as support for Plug-n-Play monitors and most wheel mice. The patented VSE Video Signal Enhancement technology provides rich, 32-bit color at resolutions up to 2048 x 1536. Another big plus is the MiniView's capability to provide audio support, it allows you to share your multimedia speakers among the two connected computers. This switch also offers multi-platform support; it's compatible with Windows and Mac computers as well as Sun Solaris workstations. Iogear delivered a huge breakthrough in KVM operation to Mac and Sun users by enabling functionality for the special keys on these systems. When using a PC keyboard, a special set of hot keys are designed to emulate the special keys on Mac and Sun machines. With 6 foot long KVM cables molded into the MiniView Micro USB PLUS, all you need to do is to plug it into your computers and you've got a complete KVM solution from Iogear. Supports special keys on Mac and Sun keyboards Port selection through convenient Hot Keys Plug-n-Play monitor support Support video resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 No software required Built in AutoScan mode LEDs allow for easy status monitoring Cable Length - 6 feet (1.83 m) Audio - 2 x stereo speaker Keyboard & Mouse - 2 x USB Type A Monitor - 2 x HDB15 Male Mouse - 1 x USB Type A Audio - 1 x stereo speaker Monitor - 1 x HDB15 Female Keyboard - 1 x USB Type Requirements - Computers with a USB connection and HDDB15 VGA connection, Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Mac OS 8.6 or greater, Sun Solaris work station, Linux and UNIX, Audio (Only support 2-piece, powered speakers syst

  • Use one USB keyboard, monitor and USB mouse to control two USB computers
  • Share your multimedia speakers among the two connected computers
  • Full support for Mac and Sun systems
  • Supports special keys on Mac and Sun keyboards
  • Port selection through convenient Hot Keys

Customer Reviews:

  • Did not work with my wireless keyboard/mouse
    Bought switch for PC/Mac setup with Logitech Cordless Desktop 3000 (one USB connection for both keyboard and mouse). Neither mouse, keyboard or monitor would switch. Iogear help desk did get back to me within 24 hours and suggested alternate hookup, which also did not work.

    After a little research, it appears that many (or most) wireless keyboard/mouse combos do not work with home-grade KVM switches. I ended up buying a QVS Dataswitch for the monitor (about $14) and a separate wireless/mouse set for the Mac. Not ideal, but it gets the job done....more info
  • Just what I always needed
    I work once a week on Fridays at home I have had to constantly switch the monitor, keyboard and mouse cables between my home PC and my work laptop. With the a double tap of the scroll key, I can go between my home PC and work laptop in a matter of second. It's a good product and does exactly what it's suppose to do with no problems what so ever. I recommend the product if you are looking for this functionality....more info
  • Disappointing and frusterating
    This product randomly freezes up for random lenghts of time - from a few seconds to minutes, to freezing altogther where I have to unplug all devices to "reboot" it. It might have been helpful to put a reboot button on the device, but it happens so frequently, that would become a pain. I am using it with all new equipment purchased in 2007 running Windows XP - a standard wired USB keyboard and mouse between a laptop and desktop. Bypassing the laptop docking station does not help the problems. I have all mouse drivers updated on both machines as suggested by their support web site. I had great success and zero problems in the past with the PS2 micro KVM from IOGear, which I loved, but this USB version has real problems. ...more info
  • Works Flawlessly
    Makes using two computers with one monitor a breeze. Easy to connect and easy to use, once I figured out what the hotkey is....more info
  • Problem solver
    I had an IOGear KVM already when I decided to buy a wireless mouse and keyboard. When they arrived I had a problem. The receiving unit for the two was USB, my KVM was PS2. I did some Googling and learned that this product would solve my problem.
    When I received it, I connected the wireless mouse and keyboard receiving unit to the KVM mouse USB port.
    The receiving unit found the mouse and keyboard and the two computers recognized the KVM. I am now cord-free and lovin' it!....more info
  • Definately not IOGear
    It is so unfortunate that a company like IOGear can make such a shoddy product. This is my second one, after exchanging due to problems with the first one. I continue to have the same problem with the kvm constantly loosing connection with the keyboard. Having to reach to the back of my PC and unplug the device and plug it back in again gets frustrating quick, and defeats the purpose of having the kvm in the first place. Look at other kvm's before getting this one....more info
  • only 15 minutes until it died
    I bought this item with high hopes. Plugged everything in and used it for a few minutes with mixed results. The display was a bit "fuzzy", like it was out of focus, but useable. The switch itselft was pretty hot, but not dangerously so.
    After about 15 minutes the display became dim and staticky. I thought my monitor died, who would think a part you just bought would be a problem! After troubleshooting, it was the brand new switch. I highly recommend you buy something else. This item is piece of junk....more info
  • good usb kvm
    i have a linux desktop and a windows laptop with one LCD screen, one usb keyboard and a usb mouse.
    So i got this one and it has been working great always, simple way to switch between machines and has an led indicator to know whats active.
    Sometimes i gets hanged (happened about 3 times over 4 months) and i am not sure if its because of my linux desktop, things seem to work fuzzy with linux at times, otherwise no complains
    ...more info
  • Useful
    This product has been very useful. I have limited space on my desk, but have been forced to use two computers for a myriad of reasons. This device delivers the best bang for your buck and is very solid. It also worked with my wireless devices flawlessly. Installation on Vista took a few minutes, but finished without issues....more info
  • Seems to work fine
    No real issues here, other than I really wish it had a hard switch on the front somewhere. Would be such a great feature at times. Sometimes when there's only one display plugged in, you have to physically switch the cables in order to get the display to show up....more info
  • You get what you pay for...
    Nice product for basic usage - if you keep the setup simple the product should work nicely for you. If you need it to do more in a more complicated setup this may not be the product you're looking for - like anything you get what you pay for. Simple setup, simple operation, but like other home user level KVM you can get stuck in screens and not be able to exit until that process is complete, it would have been nice for a manual button in those instances....more info
  • Does not support notebook using wireless keyboard/mouse
    Delivery was timely. Tech support was accessed quickly, was polite and quickly assessed problem. Product would not toggle between notebook and desktop PC. Tech support informed that product does not support notebook with single input device for wireless keyboard and mouse. Had to purchase separate wireless mouse.
    ...more info
  • Unreliable product
    I got one of these at work about 2 months ago.

    2 weeks ago it started dropping the keyboard connection randomly. Reconnecting all USB ports seemed to bring it back. This happened daily until last week, when it just died.

    After a long hold time Tech support walked me through all the same steps (after protracted hold waits) I used before and it seemed to work. They insisted I would need to call back again with the same problem to get any escalation of my issue (re: replacement) even though I told them it had already happened multiple times.

    The keyboard died again minutes after I hung up. I called back and waited about an hour for tech support again. This time they made me switch keyboards and reboot. Since it still didn't work they issued me an RMA.

    I have no confidence in the replacement one working. The tech support told me that if I have problems with the replacement "it means that there is something wrong with your system that makes the switch not work."

    A system consisting of 2 new dells and a Microsoft ERgo 4000 keyboard. Yeah right - my bad....more info
  • Worked fine, no problems so far.
    This item performs as expected, and that's all you can ask. Plus the price is very reasonable....more info
  • not enough
    evrything is just OK, except unavailable to switch monitor.
    I'm not recommend this. that's all.
    ...more info
  • worked perfectly for me!
    Had this KVM switch for about 3 months and it's worked perfectly. That's kind of expected since I used it with wired mouse and wired keyboard.
    The best thing about this KVM is that it can be hidden with the rest of the wires behind the PC's and under the desk, switching between machines is done simply by pressing Scroll Lock key twice.
    ...more info
  • Good reasonably priced KVM switch
    I need a KVM switch to share between a PC and a Mac. My Belkin switch had died after only a few months, so I purchased a fairly expensive KVM swith that I thought would be the answer. It required that I change the PC's BIOS - definitely not possible with an employer's PC. I happened on some reviews of the IOGEAR, and purchased it. It is easy to use and connect, works flawlessly, and I'm hoping will last a long time. It's a good product at a good price....more info
  • you get what you pay for
    Too much trouble to hook up and in the end it wasn't compatable with a Mac.I went to Belkin and what a difference,I even have a remote switch to go from PC to Mac and visa versa!! ...more info
  • Works Great! No complaints.
    I bought this device about a year ago and it worked great until my darling cat decided to chew through the cable going to my second computer! Am buying a replacement and also purchasing some "cable protector stuff" to keep mister busy mouth from ruining another one :)...more info
  • Meh
    This switch works well when it works, but it often messes up for me and won't recognize the keyboard at which point your only options are to unplug and plug the keyboard directly into the system, or reboot since there's no software switch that you can switch using just the mouse. ...more info
  • iogear KVM Switch
    Iogear was my first attempt at using a kvm switch. The switch did everything I expected flawlessly. Very pleased....more info
  • simplicity itself
    Easy to follow instructions and no difficulty setting this up. Connected a new-ish dell tower and an old-ish dell laptop and worked fine. Once had the laptop revert to a smaller screen resolution, but only once. Can't fault it. Cheap too (though that just might be the exchange rate talking) and very quickly delivered....more info
  • Words as advertised
    I have a mac and a pc that am using this for. Hook-up was easy and directons were clear. Works just like it should with no outstanding issue of worth to mention. Great product and the price is right....more info
  • Significantly Flawed Product!
    I, like many others interested in KVM switches, am trying to switch between two desktop PCs with the same monitor, keyboard, mouse, and sound. I have a regular PC desktop running Vista and a new Mac Mini with a Microsoft Wireless Keyboard combination.

    This product was designed so poorly that you CANNOT use a wireless keyboard/mouse combo since each USB port on the KVM switch must be plugged into both a keyboard and mouse, respectively. Most all keyboard/mouse combos use only one USB connection - which will not work with this switch! Iogear knows about this flaw and reports this information hidden in their website.

    If you do not use nor plan on ever buying a wireless keyboard/mouse combo, then maybe this device would work for you, but as so many people have found out already - this device is unacceptably designed and has required many product returns....more info
  • Works like it should and just like you'd expect!
    The quick and simple review is this USB KVM works just like advertised and just like you'd expect (assuming you have typical expectations of a KVM)!

    I bought this one to switch a USB keyboard, a USB mouse, and a 19" LCD monitor between two laptops (both WinXP). It's working flawlessly and was set up as quickly as I could make the physical connections.

    My USB keyboard, optical scroll wheel mouse, and LCD work fine on both machines. When I double-tap the scroll lock key to activate the KVM switch, the keyboard and mouse almost instantly work for the newly active machine and the LCD follows almost as quickly, only requiring a refresh.

    My 19" LCD runs at 1280x1024 and this switch is rated to support resolutions up to 2048 x 1536. This KVM supports only analog connections so my digital LCD isn't being used to its fullest but I honestly can't see the difference between my digital and analog connections. I think this is in-part a testament to the quality of the analog connections and cabling of the switch.

    I don't use the audio part of the switch so I can't comment about it but I would expect it works quite fine since the more trying USB and video connections switching work great.

    I consider this KVM a great tool and value....more info