Thread: KVM Switch Suggestions?
July 21st, 2003, 03:40 AM #1
KVM Switch Suggestions?
I'm in the market for a KVM-switch for using up to 4 PCs with the same monitor/mouse/keyboard. I'm looking for low-cost, but good quality, preferrably with cables for at least two computers included. Any suggestions?
July 21st, 2003, 04:11 AM #2
i just got one off ebay wish i had got a different on . i don't think the one i got works with my mice .. i can't get the thing to see them . emailing the company and seeing what they say . here is what i should have ordered
like 54$ with shipping" If you kill a man you're a murderer ..... Kill many and you're a conquerer ....... Kill them all ... your a GOD...."
July 21st, 2003, 04:24 AM #3
I have 2, I have a Compaq 4 port server type rack mount type monster. It works well but will only run 1280*1024@60hz (OW!) and wont work with wheel mice.
I also have an IO-Gear 2 port with cables built in that works great.
I have some suggestions on what to look for:
Check max resolution/refresh, leave yourself some headroom.
Make sure that it will support all the mouse functions you want.
Verify cables. Some come with them and some don't.
Make sure that you can switch via the keyboard so you dont have to flip a switch or something.
Thats the one I have and for 2 PCs it works great. I paid about $30 at Frys and got a $10 MIR (that I actually got)
I like Omardeth's suggestion:
Includes four KVM cables (1.8 meters/ 6 feet)
Support Microsoft Intellimouse, Logitech Net Mouse, Optical Mouse
up to 1920 x 1440 with 200Mhz bandwidth
PC selection via Push Button and Hot-Keys
Once you have one you will never go back. No more alt-tab while playing games. Just wack a key and use the other PC.
edit- to add praise for Ormadeths find
Last edited by Siliconjunkie; July 21st, 2003 at 04:29 AM.
July 21st, 2003, 04:34 AM #4
That one does look awesome. I wonder if I can get it here in Sweden... THANKS!This is The SignatureŠ
July 21st, 2003, 11:26 AM #5
i just have a cheap belkin (2 puter KVM with cables) works well and i got for about 15 bucks... may be they have a 4 puter one...You know dog spelled backwards is god.....
coincidence ..... i think not.
July 21st, 2003, 11:57 AM #6
I just got a Zonet 4-port KVM (model KVM3004) with 4 sets of cables for $52 (plus shipping) about a month ago from Newegg. They also have a 2-port model for $35.
I really like it... I can toggle between the PC's with a button on the box, or with hot-keys. And... it even works with my Logitech wireless keyboard and scroll-mouse!
July 21st, 2003, 03:46 PM #7
ok wanna revise my post kinda . i was having problems with my switch so i called today .i couldn't get the mouse to work . what i was doing wrong was my motherboards weren't hot swapable i guess . i have to put the switch on for the pc THEN boot that pc for it to see the mouse . after i did this for each pc the 1 mouse worked for all the pc's hooked up so there was NO problem with it . it was me being a poopiehead
so for 39$ and change shipped , because of tax, what i got was a really good deal for a 4port kvm switch WITH the cables .
here is a link to it on ebay . as long as you hook it up right it works great . or check out there webpage at www.monoprice.com
one note it only works up to 1024x768 , which is no bigge to e because it is hooked up to a 15" monitor ,and the switch has female conections for the vga on the switch not all male like other switchs . but this isn't a big deal seeing that the cables come with it .
hope this helps
Last edited by Omardeth; July 21st, 2003 at 03:51 PM.
July 21st, 2003, 04:09 PM #8
TrippLite KVMs have always worked great for me. They're not too pricey and are well designed. I've had a bunch of the 2-port and 4-port models.You can't fix stupidity.
July 21st, 2003, 04:13 PM #9
I just read about the Tripplites in PCMag and they do sound good. I have a friend who is using a Belken and loves it.If you can't say something nice... SAY IT REALLY LOUD!!
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