IOGear GCS1804 4-Port KVMP Switch - GCS1804

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I could have purchased a 4-port KVM switch for a lot less, but, the IOGEAR GCS1804 had gotten some pretty good reviews on the Internet and the specs looked good. When I took it out of the box I was impressed. Stylish looks, solid feel, heavy construction and very nice cables - a real quality piece of work. Boy, I really wanted to like this switch. I have a cheap 2-port Airlink KVM/audio switch that has served me well for a couple of years, but, I recently added a new laptop to the stable so I needed more ports. I had occassionally gotten an Out of Range error message with the Airlink and my HP desktop, but, a quick reboot would correct the problem. The error occurred maybe once every 10 or 12 startups - a nuisance but workable. With the IOGEAR swithc I could not get my HP desktop to synch with my monitor - period. Tried everything - updated drivers, booted at low res, you name it. I could never get the monitor to sychn throught the IOGEAR switch. Also, with my new ASUS laptop, the cheapo Airlink switch works fine in dual monitor mode. I have complete flexibility to select resolutions on both the LCD monitor and the laptop screen. When connected through the IOGEAR switch I could only get 2 or 3 low resolution setting to work. I am using a wireless keyboard and mouse which has a single wireless USB receiver. Again, the old Airlink works fine. The IOGEAR was finicky and required constant resetting of the connection between the mouse and the receiver. If this switch works for you in your particular environment I recommend it for the quality construction. It is a beautiful piece of gear. But, with my combination of monitors, keyboard, mouse and computers it was marginal at best and totally nonfunctional with one of my PCs. I am going to exchange it for an el cheapo 4-port switch that, hopefully, works!!!

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High Quality Construction - Dismal Performance

by Skip on 6/17/2009

I could have purchased a 4-port KVM switch for a lot less, but, the IOGEAR GCS1804 had gotten some pretty good reviews on the Internet and the specs looked good. When I took it out of the box I was impressed. Stylish looks, solid feel, heavy construction and very nice cables - a real quality piece of work. Boy, I really wanted to like this switch. I have a cheap 2-port Airlink KVM/audio switch that has served me well for a couple of years, but, I recently added a new laptop to the stable so I needed more ports. I had occassionally gotten an Out of Range error message with the Airlink and my HP desktop, but, a quick reboot would correct the problem. The error occurred maybe once every 10 or 12 startups - a nuisance but workable. With the IOGEAR swithc I could not get my HP desktop to synch with my monitor - period. Tried everything - updated drivers, booted at low res, you name it. I could never get the monitor to sychn throught the IOGEAR switch. Also, with my new ASUS laptop, the cheapo Airlink switch works fine in dual monitor mode. I have complete flexibility to select resolutions on both the LCD monitor and the laptop screen. When connected through the IOGEAR switch I could only get 2 or 3 low resolution setting to work. I am using a wireless keyboard and mouse which has a single wireless USB receiver. Again, the old Airlink works fine. The IOGEAR was finicky and required constant resetting of the connection between the mouse and the receiver. If this switch works for you in your particular environment I recommend it for the quality construction. It is a beautiful piece of gear. But, with my combination of monitors, keyboard, mouse and computers it was marginal at best and totally nonfunctional with one of my PCs. I am going to exchange it for an el cheapo 4-port switch that, hopefully, works!!! Read More

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Defective KVM Switch

by A customer on 3/29/2011

Many reviews on the Internet say this product is not worth buying. I should have listened to those reviews. The design of the product, in my opinion, is the best among the KVM switches available in the market. However, when I installed the item, it simply did not work. The front panel switches does not switch from one CPU to another. I called the tech support and they helped me run some tests to discover the item I purchased was a defective item. I ended up returning the item. I never had issue with products from IOGear, and I expected that this item would be high-quality item as others that I own, but it wasn't the case. The only thing that I am happy with this purchase was that tech support of the manufacturer was helpful, and Buy.com has good return policy. Read More

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Product Overview

The GCS1804 4-Port KVMP Switch with stereo audio ports and an integrated 2-port USB 2.0 hub. Now users can control two computers and share multiple USB peripherals from a single keyboard, monitor, and mouse console. It features the patented asynchronous switching, which allows the user to independently switch applications between the connected computers. You can run an application on one computer while running another application on the other.

Specifications

Manufacturer IOGEAR, INC.
Mfg Part# GCS1804
SKU 207987759
UPC 881317009654
UPC 14 00881317009654
Features
Product Type KVM Switchbox / KVM Switchbox
Green Compliant Yes / Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE / WEEE / RoHS / RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution 2048 x 1536 / 2048 x 1536
Graphic Mode QXGA / QXGA
USB Yes / Yes
Number of USB Ports 4 / 4
Number of Computers Supported 4 / 4
Height 1.6" / 1.6"
Width 7.9" / 7.9"
Depth 2.9" / 2.9"
Brand Name Iogear / Iogear
Manufacturer Iogear, Inc / Iogear, Inc
Product Model GCS1804 / GCS1804
Product Name GCS1804 4-Port KVMP Switch / GCS1804 4-Port KVMP Switch
Manufacturer Part Number GCS1804 / GCS1804
Package Contents GCS1804 4-Port KVMP Switch4 x Custom USB KVM Cable1 x PS/2 to USB Adapter1 x Firmware Upgrade Cable1 x Power Adapter1 x Installation Guide1 x Warranty Card / GCS1804 4-Port KVMP Switch4 x Custom USB KVM Cable1 x PS/2 to USB Adapter1 x Firmware Upgrade Cable1 x Power Adapter1 x Installation Guide1 x Warranty Card
Limited Warranty 3 Year / 3 Year
Weight (Approximate) 1.60 lb / 1.60 lb

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