The 2-Port DVI-D KVM Switch with Audio and Mic from Iogear allows you to share a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor between two computers. It features a push-button interface with a wired remote for quick and easy switching. The KVM Switch works with computers that use USB connections for the keyboard and mouse, and a DVI-D connection for the display. It installs easily, with clearly labeled ports to connect cables. The switch supports resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 pixels, allowing you to use the switch with large monitors. This is a great solution for anyone who wants to share a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse between two computers.
Travis Kautzer (verified owner) –
This is suppose to be Mac compatible and of course it is not at all. The only way to get into the setup is with a PC keyboard and believe it or not a Mac keyboard will not work. I have confirmed this with their tech support. Also between two older MacPro’s they both have to be on in order to use just one, or the monitor flashes and never sync’s up.
Fermin Trantow (verified owner) –
This product works great, allows you to share a single keyboard, mouse, and monitor between two computers.
Raul Lynch (verified owner) –
I would have given this item a 5-star rating were it not for one issue: If you have peripheral devices such as a printer or scanner that you want to share between two different computers, contrary to the info in the Advanced setup, you will not be able to. I have two PCs connected to this unit, one a Windows Vista, the other a Windows 7 machine. My printer and scanner are connected to my Vista machine, while my Windows 7 machines has no peripherals attached. The manual shows two configs for the unit. In the basic configuration, the keyboard and mouse used to control either computer are connected to the unit via its two USB ports (one is dedicated for mouse, the other for keyboard) and so are shared when switching between one or the other computer. Also shared is the audio line-out (green), and mic-in (pink). In this basic configuration the unit works quite well: the single mouse, keyboard, monitor and audio are shared between one or the other computer. In the basic configuration there’s no mention of sharing a printer or other peripheral, so if you have any USB devices connected directly to the two computers they will continue to work as usual, which is to say directly off whichever computer they are connected to. However, you may want to share your printer (or other USB device) between the two computers so that you can print from either for example, which is where the advanced configuration comes in. In the advanced configuration, one of the USB output that normally would go to the central mouse is instead connected to a powered USB hub, and the hub, in turn, is where you connect your mouse and any other devices such as a printer (or other external USB devices). In this configuration you are supposed to be able to share a printer (or whatever else is connected to the USB HUB) with whichever computer has been selected. It is in this advanced configuration the the KVM does not work as described: The mouse which was connected to the USB Hub was not detected by either computer, only the keyboard which was connected directly to the IOGEAR unit’s USB Keyboard port worked. I even switched the connections on the IOGEAR KVM for the HUB and keyboard in case I made a mistake – didn’t matter. I did not take the time to call IOGEAR Tech Support because my goal was mainly to switch the video DVI-PORT between two different PCs and for that purpose the unit performs as described. The unit also comes pre-built with the required DVI-cables and USB (one for the mouse port, the other for the keyboard) as well as the audio line-out, and mic-in, that gets connected to each computer – so you really do not have to purchase any additional cable to get going. You can switch between the two computers either through keyboard commands or optionally with a small wired switch that attaches to the main unit. Overall, this is a decent (but limited) KVM switch if all you need to do is switch video/audio from two computers to a central monitor and central audio device. But for sharing peripherals it did not work as described so buyer beware.
Name Jast (verified owner) –
I bought this to connect two PCs to a monitor using a Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 keyboard and mouse. The connections were so obvious that I didn’t think I would need the instructions. But the two USB ports are not general purpose but are specifically designed for a 101 Key USB keyboard and a standard USB mouse. Out of the box, they did not work with the Microsoft keyboard and I almost returned the KVM switch as defective. I started reading the manual and discovered that a certain hot key combination removes the mouse emulation from the second USB port on the KVM switch. I had a 101 Key HP wireless keyboard that sometimes sort of worked with the KVM switch and after multiple tries, I was able to get the mouse emulation switched off. Then after plugging in the wireless Microsoft USB FOB into the mouse port everything worked great. All of the special function programmable keys on the keyboard and mouse work as programmed. All the other functions, Monitor switching, Sound, and Microphone work fine. This KVM switch would have been unusable had I not had access to a keyboard that worked with the unit as configured out of the box so be careful about obtaining it for use with wireless USB keyboards as no guarantee is made that it will work with such devices. The hot keys for the KVM switch do not work with the Microsoft keyboard so I need to use the supplied switch to change computers. Also one of my computers is a little slow in recognizing the Microsoft keyboard, so there is a delay when connecting to it before the password can be entered.
King Ritchie (verified owner) –
If you’re looking to de-clutter your desk and still work from two computers, this is the perfect device. Well priced and does exactly what it says it will do. A must buy for the multitasking neat freaks out there!
Liam Terry (verified owner) –
Setup was easy and stright forward. No issues
Destiny Watsica (verified owner) –
It. Just. Works. Period. I bought this to replace an ancient Belkin VGA KVM. Worked the first time with no problems. Switches perfectly. No hassle. Great product and great price.
Linwood Crooks (verified owner) –
I usually configure multiple computers with almost similar images and being able to switch from one to the other allows me greater accuracy when doing so.