High Quality Construction - Dismal Performance
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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