Linksys ProConnect KVM Switch - PS2KVM4

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This slightly flimsy and cheap feeling plastic box could do with non-slip pads underneath and better alignment of the ports... It draws its power from the monitor (no external power supply) which is both good and bad. Its bad because you really need to power *everything* down if you want to swap things round. Failing to do so will render something not working right... Also I found that my Compaq laptop won't start the mouse driver ("The device cannot start - error 10") if the KVM switch is switched to the laptop during the boot. A call to Linksys' free 24/7 technical support reveals that you get what you pay for... Still - what does one expect from about the cheapest 4-port KVM out there? It all works fine now, and the hot key swap is great as the KVM itself can simply sit under the desk.

-Dave Stow quote

I had no problems setting it up in just a few minutes and it hasn't glitched once. I used the StarTech cables. They were a tad more expensive but much more rugged and all 3 cords are attached together so there isn't a mess of individual wires. There are several methods of switching including a hot-key on the box. The keyboard methods are pretty clumbsy (Alt-release, Ctrl-release, Shift-release, then a number from 1 to 4, then Enter). A two-button command would have been nicer. But it has a feature to cycle back and forth just using shift keys (set up: Alt-release, Ctrl-release, Shift-release, 9, Enter), but if you want to make a change on a screen, you have to press spacebar which disables Shift-switching, then to go back to Shift-switching you have to go through the whole setup process again. I know nothing of electronics so I imagine they couldn't think of any way less clumbsy to switch with the keyboard, but it's not pretty. The button on the box works fine. Another feature (Alt-release, Ctrl-release, Shift-release, 0, Enter) does automatic cycling among all four computers, but the delay is only a second or so, which is too fast to actually see anything on the screen. One thing to remember, like the picture shows, the cords attach to three sides of the box, which makes for a lot of wires going out in right directions to each other. It takes up a lot of desk space if it is on top of the desk and is a mess below. It would have been nicer if all the cords could have attached to the same side of the box. But, hey, it works fine and even with adding 4 cable sets it is only $115. One think I especially appreciate is that I can set up the monitor for 4 different screen resolutions and color depths and it remembers each one without having to resize the screen.

-Ronald.Cain@Cox.net quote

Inexpensive, delicate but does the job OK

by Dave Stow on 2/13/2002

This slightly flimsy and cheap feeling plastic box could do with non-slip pads underneath and better alignment of the ports... It draws its power from the monitor (no external power supply) which is both good and bad. Its bad because you really need to power *everything* down if you want to swap things round. Failing to do so will render something not working right... Also I found that my Compaq laptop won't start the mouse driver ("The device cannot start - error 10") if the KVM switch is switched to the laptop during the boot. A call to Linksys' free 24/7 technical support reveals that you get what you pay for... Still - what does one expect from about the cheapest 4-port KVM out there? It all works fine now, and the hot key swap is great as the KVM itself can simply sit under the desk.

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by Ronald.Cain@Cox.net on 4/15/2002

I had no problems setting it up in just a few minutes and it hasn't glitched once. I used the StarTech cables. They were a tad more expensive but much more rugged and all 3 cords are attached together so there isn't a mess of individual wires. There are several methods of switching including a hot-key on the box. The keyboard methods are pretty clumbsy (Alt-release, Ctrl-release, Shift-release, then a number from 1 to 4, then Enter). A two-button command would have been nicer. But it has a feature to cycle back and forth just using shift keys (set up: Alt-release, Ctrl-release, Shift-release, 9, Enter), but if you want to make a change on a screen, you have to press spacebar which disables Shift-switching, then to go back to Shift-switching you have to go through the whole setup process again. I know nothing of electronics so I imagine they couldn't think of any way less clumbsy to switch with the keyboard, but it's not pretty. The button on the box works fine. Another feature (Alt-release, Ctrl-release, Shift-release, 0, Enter) does automatic cycling among all four computers, but the delay is only a second or so, which is too fast to actually see anything on the screen. One thing to remember, like the picture shows, the cords attach to three sides of the box, which makes for a lot of wires going out in right directions to each other. It takes up a lot of desk space if it is on top of the desk and is a mess below. It would have been nicer if all the cords could have attached to the same side of the box. But, hey, it works fine and even with adding 4 cable sets it is only $115. One think I especially appreciate is that I can set up the monitor for 4 different screen resolutions and color depths and it remembers each one without having to resize the screen.

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Product Overview

Linksys ProConnect KVM Switches allow you to instantly toggle between four PS/2-equipped desktop or notebook PCs while using a single monitor, PS/2 keyboard, and PS/2 mouse. Switch between four PCs with the press of a button. Plug your note-book PC into the KVM Switch and control it from your desktop PC's monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Built to last and ready to run directly out of the box, Linksys ProConnect Compact KVM Switches eliminate cable swapping while saving you desktop space and hundreds of dollars of hardware costs.

Because they don't use software, the ProConnect Compact KVM Switches are compatible with all major desktop and note-book computers. They're the perfect choice for the home, the office, or anywhere else you manage multiple PCs.

Specifications

Manufacturer Linksys
Mfg Part# PS2KVM4
SKU 10232551
UPC 745883549313
UPC 14 00745883549313
Features
VGA Yes
PS/2 Port Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports 10
Number of VGA Ports 1
Product Type KVM Switchbox
Manufacturer Part Number PS2KVM4
Manufacturer Belkin International, Inc
Product Name ProConnect KVM Switch
Product Line ProConnect
Brand Name Linksys
Package Contents One 4-Port Compact KVM SwitchOne User Guide and Registration Card
Weight (Approximate) 6.08 oz
Height 1.4"
Width 5.1"
Depth 3.9"
Number of Computers Supported 4
Number of Local Users Supported 1
Maximum Video Resolution 1920 x 1440
Limited Warranty 1 Year
Tech Specs
Computer Ports 4 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Female Keyboard / 4 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Female Mouse / 4 x 15-pin HD-15 Male Video
User/Console Ports 1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Female Keyboard / 1 x 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2) Female Mouse / 1 x 15-pin HD-15 Female VGA
Humidity 0 to 80% Non-condensing Operating / 0 to 80% Non-condensing Storage
Temperature 41°F (5°C) to 104°F (40°C) Operating / 14°F (-10°C) to 140°F (60°C) Storage
Product Type Analog KVM Switch
Manufacturer Part Number PS2KVM4
Manufacturer Website Address www.cisco.com
Manufacturer Cisco Systems, Inc
Product Name ProConnect KVM Switch
Product Line ProConnect
Brand Name Linksys
Additional Information Control Multiple Computers from a Single Keyboard, Monitor, and Mouse Switch Instantly Between PCs Save Hundreds of Dollars in Equipment and Energy Costs Serves as a Quick Docking Station for Notebook Computers Full Plug-and-Play Monitor Support Caps Lock, Number Lock, and Scroll Lock Settings Are Automatically Recalled for each PC Runs with Most PS/2 and Windows 95 Keyboards Compatible with Virtually All Major PS/2 Mice No Software Required LED Indicators: - PC 1 - PC 2 - PC 3 - PC 4
Package Contents One 4-Port Compact KVM Switch One User Guide and Registration Card
Compatibility PC
Certifications & Standards FCC Class B CE Mark Commercial
Dimensions 1.40" Height x 5.10" Width x 3.90" Depth
Weight (Approximate) 6.08 oz
Color Black
Input Voltage 5 V DC
Input Current 20 mA
Number of Computers 4
Graphics Resolution 1920 x 1440 @ 85 Hz
Scan Intervals 3 seconds
Number of Users 1 x Local User
Video Signals VGA
Additional Warranty Information Linksys guarantees that every product will be free from physical defects in material and workmanship when used within the limits set forth in the Specifications section of this User Guide. If the product proves defective during the warranty period, specified in the user guide, call Linksys Technical Support in order to obtain a Return Authorization Number. BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE ON HAND WHEN CALLING. When returning a product, mark the Return Authorization Number clearly on the outside of the package and include a copy of your original proof of purchase. RETURN REQUESTS CANNOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT PROOF OF PURCHASE. All customers located outside of the United States of America and Canada shall be held responsible for shipping and handling charges. IN NO EVENT SHALL LINKSYS'S LIABILITY EXCEED THE PRICE PAID FOR THE PRODUCT FROM DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OF THE PRODUCT, ITS ACCOMPANYING SOFTWARE, OR ITS DOCUMENTATION. LINKSYS OFFERS NO REFUNDS FOR ITS PRODUCTS. Linksys makes no warranty or representation, expressed, implied, or statutory, with respect to its products or the contents or use of this documentation and all accompanying software, and specifically disclaims its quality, performance, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose. Linksys reserves the right to revise or update its products, software, or documentation without obligation to notify any individual or entity.
Parts Warranty/Labor 1 Year Part / 1 Year Labor
Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited

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