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Please help me find a good KVM switch

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Gnerma

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 9, 2002
Location
Bakersfield, CA - USA
I am looking for a KVM switch.

I've found that for some reason you just can't find much good user info about them as other stuff. When you look for a burner, video card or router its easy. It seems that all KVM switches have their quirks and gottchas. It is a rather complex piece of hardware after all, and I've yet to find one that does not give me a sour taste in my mouth when reading the few user product reviews I could find.

Here is what I am looking for

  • 4 ports
  • All USB
  • Will switch and work seamlessly on each of my rigs as if I had the keyboard, video and mouse plugged directly into the motherboard. No quirks, no gottchas, no bad video, seamless.

I don't think this is too much to ask. If I were designing a KVM switch I would make that last point my goal. Wouldn't you?

I have looked at this Belkin. I looks like it would be great and such but mouse scrolling dies when you do a switch.. no thanks.

That was the best potential switch I've seen so far. Although the USB IOgear looked okay until I read all the complaining about it being twitchy.

Anyhow, help me out guys. Does the KVM I want exist?

I might consider a PS2 switch if I can't find a USB one that will work. Although I do consider PS2 old tech and would absolutely hate making a major purchace like this that would tie me to PS2 for as long as I had it.

I dream of a time when the back of a motherboard will have 8 usb ports, 4 firewire ports and a lan port, that is it.. a man can dream :rolleyes:
 

Daemonfly

Member
Joined
Aug 18, 2002
Location
NW Pa
If nothing else comes up, I've seen some real good deals on rackmount PS2 KVM switches on Ebay - usaually Compaq & 8-port or higher. If you keep an eye open, you can pick one up pretty cheap, if you're lucky.

I'd recommend my 4-port, but it has no name brand on it.
 

Ridenow

Sneaky Moderator
Joined
Apr 17, 2001
Location
Springfield, IL
I have 2 IOgear KVMs and have had no problems with them at all. They do what you are wanting. Mine are PS/2, but they make a similar model that is usb.
 
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Gnerma

Gnerma

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 9, 2002
Location
Bakersfield, CA - USA
Well thanks for the help guys.. I think I am just going to go with a solid PS2 KVM for the time being. Hmm more money to spend.