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Switchview Dvi 4 Port USB KVM Switch USB 2.0 Hub with Audio by Avocent

by Avocent

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  • 4 x 1
  • 2 x USB, 1 x DVI Monitor
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 10 x 1.7 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000A7NR8A
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  • Item model number: 4SVDVI10-001
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003

Product Description

4 x 1 - 1 x USB Keyboard, 1 x USB Mouse, 1 x DVI Monitor -

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Customer Reviews

This KVM switch works very well.
billsidea
Recycling the switch usually also requires me to hardboot or reset the PC so that I have keyboard/mouse/display control...
David
It would have been nice if the product description or the product manual mentioned this.
jrummell

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By billsidea on June 13, 2006
This KVM switch works very well. It is exactly what I was looking for. I can now use one USB keyboard and one USB mouse to control my main PC, my work laptop, and my Mac Mini. The independent USB hub switching and independent audio switching is great (although the documentation provided with the switch is not great, so it does take some experimenting to figure out exactly how to do the independent switching). Basically, to do the independent switching, you have to "unbind" the hub switching and the audio switching from the PC switching. It's not rocket science, but the documentation doesn't do a great job of explaining it. Once you get the hang of it, it's fine. If you don't need to do independent switching (i.e., the KVM, audio, and USB hub will ALL always just be tied to ONE computer at a time), it'll be even easier for you and the documentation provided with the switch is fine.

The online support area (at Avocent's web site) is lacking for this item. Perhaps this is a newer product for them, but as of the time of this writing (June 13, 2006) the Switchview DVI is not listed as a separate product in the "manuals" and "knowledge base" areas in their support area.

I am using a Dell USB keyboard and a Logitech wireless mouse. The standard functions of these devices work fine. However, certain "special" functions (e.g., multimedia controls on the keyboard, volume controls on the keyboard, programmable buttons on the mouse) do NOT work through the switch. This has been documented in other reviews and I believe is pretty much "common knowledge", but I thought I'd mention it. I don't really use those special functions anyhow, so those limitations don't really bother me. My mouse's scroll wheel DOES work fine through the switch.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Jungalwala on March 20, 2006
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The main reason I purchased this product was because it supported 1920x1200 with a DVI Interface. The product works as advertised. The switching between computers is very simple and they have the timing of the keystroke capture down really well. The item is compact and fits nicely in my server closet. My one and only complaint is that the USB keyboard port is not a pass-through USB port. I have a Microsoft Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader and when connected to the KVM none of my computers recognize the fingerprint reader (only the keyboard). Only when I connect the keyboard directly to the computers is the fingerprint reader recognized. This is very unfortunate since I really enjoy the functionality of the Fingerprint Reader. I have a trouble-ticket open with Avocent, but I am not hopeful.

UPDATE: I got a response back about my trouble ticket: "Currently Avocent KVM switches do not support the fingerprint reader keyboards. Due to the configurations and additional hardware Avocent is not looking into the support of the secure fingerprint reader access keyboards. The use of this type keyboard currently is not a supported device."

Also, another problem with the KVM is that if I reboot one of my machines and don't have the KVM port active for the machine that is rebooting, the video display no longer works on that port. I usually have to Remote Desktop to the machine and reboot it again with the KVM port active. Very annoying.

Jay
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Breton on March 23, 2007
This switch works pretty well until one of your computers goes to sleep or the display sleeps, then you have to power cycle the switch to get it to display anything after waking up the computer or display.

Same problem occurs when you just turn on the computer.

Windows is especially bad about thinking it has no display if you boot Windows when it is not the selected computer.

If your computer never sleeps and never sleeps the display, then the switch works fine. Otherwise look for something else.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By maveric on May 8, 2006
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Hello,

I recently purchased this Avocent Switchview 4 Port DVI KVM switch and I am happy to say that it meets most of my needs. Firstly, there is very little or no loss of video quality for resolutions 1600x1200 or above. The switch works perfectly as long as you have a USB Keyboard and USB Mice, EXCEPT, if the USB mouse you have is a trackball mice. I happen to own one of the Kensington Expert Pro Trackball mouse and it was not recoginzed by this switch. But you can always use a mouse through the USB hub provided in the switch.

Now, the hub has its own advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, I started getting Divide by Zero blue screen errors but later on I realised that those are coming from some device driver corruption. I thought that not plugging a mouse in the USB mouse port of the switch was creating those errors but that was not the case.

If you ever get Divide by zero errors that means that your USB Hub on the switch is overloaded, i.e. you have devices that are not fast enough to switch and get corrupted after 3 or 4 switches or simply because the switch cannot utilize two usb devices simultaneously. I had a Creative Audigy NX USB sound card and my kensington mouse plugged into it and I got Blue Screen errors after every 10 minutes. The moment I plugged out the USB sound card, the computers are running stable since then but at the same time I am not able to use my Trackball mice and USB sound card simultaneously which I was able to in Belkin SOHO DVI switch, although that switch had different issues.

I am giving this switch 5 star because it does what it says, although my expectations were a little bit higher so as to utilize 5.1 channel audio as well.
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