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IOGEAR MiniView GCS1762 DVI KVM Switch - GCS1762

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Overall Satisfaction
4.3
Value
4.3
Ease of Use
4.7
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The GCS1762 is very easy to setup in a Windows environment. It comes out-of-box configured with hot keys for switching systems easily on Windows keyboards; MAC users will want to get into the utility to customize the hot keys which is a little more work. I bought the product to take advantage of the higher quality and better performance of DVI digital connectivity to my Dell 24" widescreen monitor from both my desktop and laptop (docking station). To that end, I accomplished my goal. The display looks significantly better on both systems when connected via DVI as opposed to VGA. The Windows Vista AERO interface was lagging a bit on VGA and sometimes I would see delays in painting the screen where one applications' window would "bleed through" to another as I toggled from one to the other. No more issues with DVI. The only problem I've seen thus far occurs when switching systems through the hot keys, the keyboard is either a bit slow or erratic when a key is pressed immediately. It either does not register the key press, or it repeats the key press 4 or 5 times (not good when your entering a password on the target system). To avoid the issue, I wait a few seconds after switching with the hot keys if I am entering a windows logon or locked computer password. Strangely enough, the problem does not seam to occur when I use the front panel buttons.

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Solid Product -- Good Performance

by Gary777NJ@yahoo.com on 6/22/2007

The GCS1762 is very easy to setup in a Windows environment. It comes out-of-box configured with hot keys for switching systems easily on Windows keyboards; MAC users will want to get into the utility to customize the hot keys which is a little more work. I bought the product to take advantage of the higher quality and better performance of DVI digital connectivity to my Dell 24" widescreen monitor from both my desktop and laptop (docking station). To that end, I accomplished my goal. The display looks significantly better on both systems when connected via DVI as opposed to VGA. The Windows Vista AERO interface was lagging a bit on VGA and sometimes I would see delays in painting the screen where one applications' window would "bleed through" to another as I toggled from one to the other. No more issues with DVI. The only problem I've seen thus far occurs when switching systems through the hot keys, the keyboard is either a bit slow or erratic when a key is pressed immediately. It either does not register the key press, or it repeats the key press 4 or 5 times (not good when your entering a password on the target system). To avoid the issue, I wait a few seconds after switching with the hot keys if I am entering a windows logon or locked computer password. Strangely enough, the problem does not seam to occur when I use the front panel buttons.

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Works / Aluratek does not

by Albert Lewis on 9/24/2007

Bought this card after I purchased an Aluratek DVI KVM of the same specs . . . the Aluratek did NOT recognize a Nvidia GeForce 8600T through the KVM -- gave a NO SIGNAL report. Checked it out extensively with Nvidia, NEC and Aluratek, swapping cables, video cards, VGA adapters, etc. (Aluratek was not very helpful). When I hooked up the IOGEAR, it worked immediately and without any incident with all cables. I reconfigured the HotKey (it is compatible with NON Scroll-Lock keyboards including the MAC) easily and without problem. Have not experimented with all the USB features, but looks to be an excellent piece of hardware.

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Product Overview

Enjoy the digital video. The IOGEAR DVI KVMP Switch GCS1762 charts a revolutionary new direction in KVM switch functionality by combining a 2-port USB KVM switch with USB peripheral sharing capability at the same time as it provides an interface for a digital monitor (DVI).

As a KVM switch, it allows users to access two computers from a single USB keyboard, USB mouse, and DVI monitor, and any USB peripherals such as printers and scanners.

The GCS1762's independent (asynchronous) switching feature, allows the KVM focus to be on one computer while the USB peripheral and audio focus is on another. You can now do your work on computer#1, and play your favorite MP3 music from computer #2.

The GCS1762 further improves on previous designs with DVI (Digital Video Interface) connectors, and the transfer of keyboard and mouse data to the computers via a fast, reliable USB connection. DVI supports both digital input (flat panel displays, data projectors, etc.) and analog video input (CRT monitors).


Key Features
  • DVI Monitor Support: IOGEAR’s MiniView DVI switch allows you to share one DVI monitor, USB mouse and keyboard with two DVI computers. No software installation or system configuration is required. Simply plug your devices to the KVM and share them with all your computers.
  • Supports Audio Sharing: Connect one microphone and set of speakers to the KVM, and share it with all the computers in your setup.
  • Supports USB Peripheral Sharing: The built-in USB hub allows you to share your USB devices by connecting them to the USB peripheral ports on the KVM switch. You can share devices like USB scanners, hard drives, printers, etc.
  • Independent Switching: Take full control of your computers with independent switching of console, Audio, and USB Peripherals. You can now do your work on computer#1, and play your favorite MP3 music from computer #2.
  • Powerful Hotkey Functions: The built-in Hotkey functions allow to quickly switch ports from your keyboard without having to move from your desk. In addition, advanced hotkey features allow you to perform independent switching of audio, USB hub, and console, configure your operating system platform and customize hotkey commands.
  • All Cables Included: IOGEAR’s MiniView DVI KVM switch is a complete solution. There is no need to purchase additional equipment; everything that you need is included in the box, including cables for all your computers.
Package Content
  • 1 1 2-port DVI KVMP switch (GCS1762)
  • 2 6’ custom cables
  • 1 Firmware upgrade cable
  • 1 Power Adapter
  • 1 User Manual
  • 1 Quick Start Guide

Specifications

Manufacturer IOGEAR, INC.
Mfg Part# GCS1762
SKU 10410378
UPC 881317003034
UPC 14 00881317003034
Features
Dual function KVMP-USB switch
One console controls two computers
Independent (asynchronous) switching of KVM and peripheral USB/Audio ports
Fully compliant with the USB 1.1 specification - supports transfer rates of up to 12 Mbps
DVI digital and analog monitor support - fully compliant with the DVI specifications
Computer selection via front panel switches and hotkeys
LED display for easy status monitoring
Auto Scan Mode for monitoring all computers
Complete keyboard emulation for error free booting
Superior Video quality - 1600 x 1200; DDC2B
Easy installation
Hot pluggable - add or remove computers for maintenance without powering down the switch
Supports Windows and Mac host systems
Tech Specs
System Requirement for Console:
DVI Monitor
USB style mouse
USB style keyboard
Microphone and speakers (optional)
For Computer:
A DVI port (The quality of the display is affected by the quality of the DVI display card)
Type A USB port
Audio ports (optional)
Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
Mac OS 8.6 or greater
Linux, UNIX and other USB supported systems*
*Additional drivers and support may be needed
For Audio:
Requires 2-piece powered speaker system
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