Basically, I don't want to do all the research and read all the reviews. :) With me now doing some work on computers for people and not having a lot of room in my house to do it, I would like to get a kvm switch so that I can share my main pc's keyboard, monitor and mouse with computers I am working on instead of having a separate set-up for them. Any suggestions on a simpe kvm switch that won't break the bank?
Belkin KVMs are pretty popular and inexpensive.
Personally, I use an older ROSE electronics server style kvm, it works great, and has several keyboard shortcuts, but it doesnt work with USB mice, so thats sort of a pain.
12-06-03, 10:27 AM
Belkin is good, but how many PC's are you planning to hook up?
I have a Belkin 4 port kvm for my 4 PC's. However, it is a little pricey, $90.00 for the kvm and about $12.00 for each set of cables.
12-06-03, 10:34 AM
I've got an IOGear KVMP... the 'P' is for Periphrials, and you can switch two back and forth (for me its the laser printer and the scanner).
It was about $90 (inlcuding cables).
You can switch it via keyboard shortcuts or the box itself.
But IOGear also makes a simple switch with PS2 that you can get for $30 at Buy.com
I've got a couple of Belkin and a couple of Linksys kvms. The Belkin's are higher end products meant for server room use, while the Linksys are more aimed at home use.
For what it sounds like you need, I would recommend the <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=cZdGXyuEAtc&offerid=13541&type=2&subid=0&lsnstapp=%26url%3D/retail/product.asp?sku=10333399&loc=101&sp=1">Linksys.</a href>
If you want to save a couple of bucks, the IOGear above should be good too.
If you want the cheapest thing around, <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=cZdGXyuEAtc&offerid=13541&type=2&subid=0&lsnstapp=%26url%3D/retail/product.asp?sku=10352473&hdwt=22033&loc=101&sp=1">TrendNET</a href> has one for under $20.
Make sure the KVM supports your monitor resolution.
Microcenter is selling a 2-Port KVM for $20 according to their latest sales flyer. It's a Belkin, PS/2 with cables, and supports video resolutions up to 1920x1440.
12-06-03, 08:01 PM
I've got this one (IO Gear) & it works great! Just double press the scroll lock key on the keyboard to switch back and forth.
I bought it from Tiger Direct for about $30.00.