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TRENDnet 2-Port DVI USB Type A KVM Switch and Cable Kit with Audio, TK-204UK
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- Manage two PCs or Macs with one set of console controls
- Share an HD DVI monitor with two computers
- Two bonus USB ports to network printers, storage devices, and more
- Listen to music on one computer while working on the other
- All required cables are included
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There are (at least) two different dvi connector types, dvi-i and dvi-d. My laptop has the wrong type for the cable that came with this switch. You can look at the connector on your computer and see the difference. If the connector for the monitor does not have the four extra pin ports around the flat pin, then you will need the adapter (check out the photo in the adapter mentioned above). The adapter makes everything work properly. I was concerned that the audio portion of the switch wouldn't work properly with the adapter, but it was no problem.
This switch also floated around on my desk after all the cables were attached. It just isn't heavy enough to stay in one place. I fixed that problem with a bit of hook-and-loop connector.
Other than those two issues, I would definitely recommend this product. It easily connects the two computers to one keyboard, mouse and digital monitor, and does so without any problems.
The light-weight plastic case made the box flop around a bit on the desktop with all the cables attached. Convenient USB ports on the front, but the monitor port ought to be on the back or end, not the front.
I should have expected problems out of the box, as many review complain about one problem or the other or that it develops problems within a couple months.
Setup is easy. One nit, the DVI cables they send you are ~3 feet long. So, if you are like me, my keyboard/mouse/monitor on one desk and my two workstations on the floor behind and to the side, this creates a "cannot reach" issue if you want easy access to the KVM.
Now, the big problem. Video is just fine. Switching between computers, shows both screens in brilliant resolution just as if the monitor was directly connected to each. But, no matter which system I connect to, my mouse/keyboard action is ALWAYS directed to computer #2!!!! Are you kidding me! How do you mess something like that up? If I switch the USB cable from computer #1 into the computer #2 slot on the KVM - then I now have keyboard/mouse control on computer #1. I have rebooted, reset, everything; keyboard/mouse action always goes to the computer connected to the KVM #2 slot!
Also, the HOT Keys for switching from computer to computer do not work.
Also, the installable software utility to manage hot keys etc does not work. In fact, it just does nothing and then fails and goes away. I only installed/tested it on XPpro.Read more ›
I tried working with the TrendNet technical support team, who had me plugging in a Windows keyboard and doing a reset of the KVM switch, only to finally admit to me later that this was a known issue with some Apple machines. It's really frustrating to go through all of the run-around, wasting time, and now having to return a product, when it was a known potential issue all along. I will not buy any TrendNet products in the future, and cannot endorse this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only did I overpay for this product, it stopped working soon after I bought it. Thought I could return through Amazon but by the time I got around to troubleshooting to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clompy
Perfect solution for a person having two computers with one screen and one printer. Just only a touch to switch and you are done.Published 23 months ago by Umberto J Patarca C
Doesn't seem to work well with wireless mouse and keyboard. Switches computers fine, but I often have to plug in my wired accessories to use it. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by JB
Received with non-functioning usb on port 2. After reading reviews I'm going to just cut my losses and go with a different device. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Works great for a short period of time and then fails. Replacement unit did the same thing!
DON'T BUY IT OR YOU'LL WASTE YOUR MONEY AND/OR TIME... Read more
I goth this product because I did not want to go through the headache of replacing video cards etc. I am glad it was still available, and it works great.Published on March 17, 2013 by WR
This KVM switch works. It is easy to set up. I have a Desktop and Laptop hook up to this KVM switch. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you can't use two monitors or two sounds systems, yet you need two computers, this product does a neat job of minimizing your mess. Enjoy.Published on November 13, 2012 by John B. Ames