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C2G/Cables to Go 35566 TruLink 4-Port VGA/USB 2.0 and PS/2 KVM Switch with Audio and Cables
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Item #: N72314. The TruLink 4-Port VGA and USB 2.0/PS/2 KVM with Audio by Cables To Go enables a user to control up to four computers with a single keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speaker set. For added convenience, this KVM switch works with both USB and PS/2 mice and keyboards. The TruLink USB 2.0/PS2 KVM Switch also features a 3-port USB 2.0 hub, so any of the four connected computers can share USB devices. The added audio feature lets users enjoy audio from each of the connected computers as well, including listening to the audio from one computer while working on files from another!The sleek design of the KVM prevents clutter and saves space on a desktop, while the durable metal housing construction featuring rubberized ends protects the unit from damage. The unit is able to handle even the most power-hungry devices with support from the external power adapter or bus power if it is preferred. LED status indicators on the front take the guesswork out of which computer is selected. Product Description: Cables To Go TRULINK 4-Port VGA and USB 2.0/PS/2 KVM with Audio - KVM / audio / USB switch - 4 ports
Device Type: KVM / audio / USB switch
Form Factor: External
Dimensions (WxDxH): 7.9 in x 3.2 in x 1.7 in
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Ports Qty: 4
KVM Users Qty: 1 local user
System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98, SunOS, Linux, Apple MacOS 9.x, Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP, Microsoft Windows Vista
Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty
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In the box, you will find the KVM switch, an external wall-wart power supply, and four sets of cables to connect the VGA output, stereo audio line output, microphone input, and one USB port of each computer to the switch. The build quality of the components is excellent. The power supply and all of the cables from the computers, as well as the user-supplied cables from the switch to the monitor, speakers, and microphone attach to the back panel of the switch. On the front panel are three USB 2.0 ports, PS2 keyboard and mouse ports, a green auto-scan indicator LED, four selector pushbuttons with associated red and green LEDs, and a recessed reset button.
There are two switching modes. The first is auto-scan, which binds the video, audio, USB, and PS2 functions together. The second, independent mode acts like three separate switches - one for video, one for USB and PS2, and one for audio. It is important to note that the independent switching mode is only available from a PS2 keyboard. With a USB keyboard, only the auto-scan mode is available, and control is only via the switch's pushbuttons. That is a common limitation of KVM switches. However, a keyboard that is both USB and PS2 compatible can be connected, using a USB to PS2 adapter, and will work just fine. Unfortunately, most new keyboards are USB-only, so be prepared to invest in a PS2 or USB/PS2 keyboard, unless you have one on hand.
The switch is supplied with a Windows-only software switch utility. I don't use it in my mixed operating system environment, so I won't comment on it except to question why it is not OS X and Unix compatible.
The reset button is there for a reason. I spent over an hour getting the Vista machine to work, changing configuration settings, trying different switch ports, and pulling my hair out. Finally, I reset the switch and bingo, everything worked.
The KVM switch is cordless-friendly. I have tested it with the Logitech MX Revolution and VX Revolution cordless mice, and the keyboard of the Logitech LX-700 cordless keyboard/mouse combo. The only glitch in setup occurred when I installed Logitech SetPoint 4.4 on the Windows XP machine. The installation detected a touchpad, though there is none, and would install only the USB drivers. Also, SetPoint does not recognize the LX-700 keyboard when the MX or VX mice are installed, but I think that is a SetPoint problem, not related to the switch.
Switching commands from the keyboard are initiated by pressing the scroll lock key twice. In auto-scan mode, one selects a computer by pressing scroll lock, scroll lock, then 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the QWERTY side, not the numeric keypad, of the computer, or by pressing the appropriate button on the switch's front panel. To switch in or out of the independent mode, press scroll lock, scroll lock, h. In the independent mode, after the double scroll lock sequence, 1, 2, 3, or 4 selects the video source, q, w, e, or r select the USB/PS2 connection, and z, x, c, or v selects the audio. There is a delay of a second or two before the switching is complete. The front panel LEDs indicate the connection state.
My main criticism of the switch is that sometimes, after switching computers, the keyboard is slow to wake up. On those occasions, I bang in a bunch of nonsense, like sfaowjhfpaw, to get it going. I've experienced the problem with both cordless and corded keyboards. Other than that, it is an effective device for simplifying the control of multiple computers.
After reading reviews on many products I chose the CablesToGo TruLink VGA and USB/PS2 KVM with Audio, model 35566.
The unit comes bundled with power supply and four cable sets to support keyboard, mouse and audio for each connected PC.
The cable sets appear to be of high quality but are only four feet long and it would be nice if they were a bit longer.
The unit itself is compact and well built, with a confidence inspiring heft that keeps it flat on the desk and rubber endcaps that keep it from sliding around. On the front panel are four PC selection buttons, LED indicators to show active PC video and USB ports, three USB ports for keyboard, mouse and another USB device that can be shared, and PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports. Connectors for power and for the cable sets to each PC are on the rear.
The unit can use hotkeys to switch between PCs but that only appears to work with PS/2 keyboards. Perhaps the included software could be used to switch but being that I work on three different OSs I didn't try it, relying instead on the front panel buttons to switch between computers.
For the first hour or so it seemed as if I had hit the "holy grail" of KVMs as the unit worked flawlessly. Then it happened, after switching from one computer to another the unit became confused, with LEDs showing video from one PC and also that the Keyboard and Mouse were simultaneously connected to TWO PCs. What? Well, the keyboard and mouse stopped working and the unit refused to respond to further front panel button presses.
Fortunately there is a small paperclip reset hole on the front panel. After resetting the unit started working again. This problem then repeated itself every few hours throughout the day.
Originally I used a USB Kinesis brand keyboard with a wireless Logitech trackball. Thinking that maybe there were compatibility problems I switched to a wired Dell USB keyboard with a wired Dell USB mouse. No joy, the problem continued.
I contacted CablesToGo support and was asked to return the unit for an exchange since it was defective. To their credit they had a real human answer the email quickly and politely. I asked the support representative if they had ever seen this problem before and was assured that they had seen the problem and it was always due to a defective unit.
Amazon quickly shipped a replacement unit overnight. I swapped it out and it worked for a few hours before the inevitable lockup occurred. The new unit locks up as often as the old "defective" one so it seems logical that they all have this problem.
I'll keep the unit and live with having to reset it every couple of hours but CablesToGo should really either fix the bugs or, at the very least, replace the inconvenient paperclip reset with a real reset button since it is needed so frequently.
My advice would be to pass this unit by when looking for a KVM and try something else. I'd recommend another brand but, alas, they all seem to have these quirks. Inexcusable really.
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