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IOGEAR 2-Port Dual View KVM Switch with Audio and USB Peripheral Sharing, GCS1742
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- One dual monitor console controls two dual monitor computers ;Increase security for your intranet by separating a PC connected to the Internet and a PC connected to an Intranet
- Superior video quality up to 2048 x 1536; DDC2B
- Additional USB peripheral ports for the connected computers to share USB devices, such as printers, scanners, and portable hard drives, etc. ;Advanced control: Switch computers without interrupting USB or Audio operations
- Audio jacks provided for speaker and microphone sharing ;Auto Scan function to monitor computer operation
- Auto Scan function to monitor computer operation ; Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock, states are saved and restored when switching
- Hot Pluggable add or remove computers for easy maintenance
- Firmware Upgradable; TAA Compliant
- Keyboard and mouse emulation for error free booting
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The Dual View GCS1742 USB KVMP Switch brings dual head video functionality to IOGEARs USB KVM switch technology. Now two dual-display computers can be accessed and controlled from a single console that consists of a USB keyboard, USB mouse, and two VGA, SVGA, or Multisync monitors. In addition, the GCS1742 allows the computers to share USB peripherals connected to the USB peripheral ports, such as printers, scanners, portable hard drives, etc. Recognizing the importance of sound, this switch is also audio-enabled. A single microphone can provide audio input to each of the computers, and you can enjoy the audio output of each computer on a single set of speakers.
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The only reason for 4 star instead of 5 star review is that I occasionally have issue with resolution changing on a device to where I have to reboot device to get resolution back to original settings. I don't recall having that issue prior to using the KVM. In any case, it only happens a couple of times a month, and overall I'm happy with the product.
I bought this and it works great, but you MUST understand that this KVM handles analog video signals ONLY. If you have systems with dual vga ports, or a vga and DVI-I, or vga and DVI-A, you're fine because you can get a converter from DVI-I or DVI-A to vga/hd15 plug format to work with this. If, on the other hand, you have something with DVI-D (such as dell docking stations that have dual DVI-D and a single vga) you are out of luck without an expensive digital-to-analog converter for the second monitor. I had one of these and had to connect it directly to one of the monitors (bypass the kvm) which certainly works (occasionally have to manually select input on that monitor when you switch to that system using the kvm) but loses a little of the convenience you should have with this fairly expensive kvm.
With that said, there aren't many options out there and this thing is small and build like a tank, very easy to use and works as advertised. Particularly like the usb on the back to take your printer with you to each system as you switch... as well as the usb on the front for a thumb drive.
One other option for an analog signal (necessary for this KVM) is if you have available DisplayPort interfaces (which I had 2 of on my Dell Docking Station). Google it if your not familiar with it. The bottom line is that, while this is a digital format, it was created with intent of being friendly toward legacy display formats. In other words, you can buy a Display port to vga active converter for about $30. The key here seems to be the word "active". It's also very nice that this digital-to-analog conversion can be done with line power (no extra cords or bricks required).
Only issue encounter was that of the packaging which was damaged. The unit itself however, was not and works just fine.
All in all I am very happy with this unit. Now I can navigate between 2 to 3 different computers and have two screens available for each one.
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