The Dual View GCS1742 USB KVMP Switch brings dual head video functionality to IOGEARs USB KVM switch technology. Now two dual-display computers can be accessed and controlled from a single console that consists of a USB keyboard, USB mouse, and two VGA, SVGA, or Multisync monitors. In addition, the GCS1742 allows the computers to share USB peripherals connected to the USB peripheral ports, such as printers, scanners, portable hard drivers, etc.
Recognizing the importance of sound, this switch is also audio-enabled. A single microphone can provide audio input to each of the computers, and you can enjoy the audio output of each computer on a single set of speakers.
|Manufacturer||IOGEAR, Inc |
|Manufacturer Part Number||GCS1742 |
|Manufacturer Website Address||http://www.iogear.com |
|Brand Name||IOGEAR |
|Product Line||MiniView |
|Product Name||MiniView GCS1742 2-Port Dual View KVM Switch |
|Product Type||Analog KVM Switch|
|Number of Computers||2 Computer(s) |
|Number of Users||1 x Local User |
|Video Signals||VGA |
|Graphics Resolution||2048 x 1536 |
|Scan Intervals||1-99 Seconds|
|Operating Range||72" |
|Cable Length||4 x 72" KVM Cable Included|
|User/Console Ports||1 x 4-pin USB Type A Female Keyboard |
1 x 4-pin USB Type A Female Mouse
2 x 15-pin HD-15 Female VGA/SVGA
1 x Female Line Out
1 x Female Microphone
|Computer Ports||2 x 15-pin SPHD-15 Female Video/USB |
2 x 15-pin SPHD-15 Male Audio/Video
|Other Ports||2 x 4-pin USB Type A Female Peripheral |
1 x RJ-11 Flash-upgrade
|Input Voltage||5 V DC |
|Power Consumption||1.25 W|
|Temperature||32°F (0°C) to 122°F (50°C) Operating |
-4°F (-20°C) to 140°F (60°C) Storage
|Humidity||0 to 80% Non-condensing Relative Humidity|
|Dimensions||1.65" Height x 7.87" Width x 2.93" Depth |
|Package Contents||1 x MiniView GCS1742 2-Port Dual View KVM Switch2 x Custom audio/video cables (6 ft long)2 x Custom USB/video cables (6 ft long)1 x Firmware upgrade cable1 x User Manual1 x Quick Start Guide|
|Additional Information||Independent switching of KVM, USB, and audioEasy to install - no software required - connecting cables is all it takesEasy to operate - computer selection via push button switches or hotkeysAuto Scan function to monitor computer operationHotkey selection for OS and keyboard languageLED display for easy status monitoringCaps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock, states are saved and restored when switchingHot pluggable - add or remove computers for easy maintenanceKeyboard and mouse emulation for error free bootingEfficient, ergonomic design - logical connector layout|
Console:2 x VGA monitors1 x USB mouse1 x USB keyboard
Computer:2 x VGA, SVGA, or Multisync port1 x Type A USB portOperating Systems:
- Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
- Mac OS 8.6 or greater
- Sun Solaris work station
- Linux, UNIX and other USB supported systems*
Audio:Requires 2-piece powered speaker system
*Additional drivers and support may be needed
|Compatibility||Supports multimedia USB keyboardsSupports Mac & Sun keyboards|
|Platform Support||PC |
|Standard Warranty||3 Year Limited |
|Submited By: N. Moulton on 09/08/2008|
I have been using this KVM since June 2008 with no problems. I have it connected to 2 desktop PCs with dual monitors both running at 1280x1024 resolution with a USB keyboard and USB mouse. I ve seen in the past that sometimes "bad" KVMs degrade the analog monitor image, but I ve had no problems with this unit at the stated resolution. The monitors are LCD, so the refresh rate is only 60Hz. Both PCs are set to "sleep" after inactivity, and I haven t seen any problems related to this either. I normally use the keyboard short-cut to switch it from 1 to 2 (Scroll-Lock, Scroll-Lock, Enter, Enter) so I literally hardly ever have to touch it.
|Submited By: Netizen on 12/04/2008|
I ve been using this product for about six months now. I purchased it to allow me to switch between a Mac PPC (MDD dual 1.25 ghz) and a Dell Optiplex PC. I have several mice, but the one I use most is Logitech s MX Revolution. I left one non-cordless mouse hooked up for reasons I will explain later in the review. Let me say that if you are technically challenged, you may find setting this up a bit daunting, but if you are reasonably comfortable with basic networking and the like, you won t have trouble. I don t use the keyboard shortcuts for the switch at present (maybe I will start, now that I think of it), so I can t yet comment on those.
This unit has worked very well for me. It does take some getting used to. The rocker switches on the front of the unit represent each CPU. Press once and release, and the monitor image switches from PC to Mac or vice versa. Press and hold, and your USB devices also switch.
Which leads to caveat numero uno: The USB ports on this baby are only USB 1.1 compliant, so gamers need not apply, or will have to settle for having devices requiring USB 2.0 connections wired directly to each machine. I think this is the greatest weakness of this unit, but that said, I find it livable. I do some programming and have to switch back and forth between PC and Mac fairly frequently, and this switch lets me do that with relative ease.
When switching between computers, there is a lag time as the CPU and monitor synch up through the switch. Also, if you are using a cordless mouse, it takes a moment to activate (Like 20 to 30 seconds). I leave a wired mouse hooked up to be sure that I can wake a sleeping machine, or in the rare event that the cordless doesn t activate (usually solved by unplugging and replugging the transmitter device). Lately I haven t had to use the corded mouse at all.
I had to laugh when I read the review where the fellow states that when typing at above 60 wpm the switch has trouble keeping up with him. I only occasionally hit 60 wpm, and never when filling in passwords, so I guess I ll just have to take his word for it. I will say that I have never experienced any problem with the (Mac) keyboard connection, and I do type fairly fast when I m replying to emails or writing lightweight material.
The second caveat for this KVM is that with a set of Altec Lansing speakers and a little boom box, the volume on the speakers must be set at less than full volume. The reason for this is that the audio picks up sounds from the computer otherwise. As you drag a window, say, you get an audible "z-z-z-zzzt!" I have found that the speakers work fine if the master volume switch is set at about half, which actually allows them to play at volumes that most non-rockers will find quite acceptable, even when they wish to soar to unusual Mozartian heights for a few minutes. Perhaps this indicates a grounding problem with my electrical supply, but I mention it here so that you are aware.
One last comment on an intermittent, but minor, phenomenon. Namely a thin line very occasionally appears on the monitor (19" LCD). This disappears spontaneously, is really negligible, and in the rare instance that it persists, seems to disappear completely on rebooting either the CPU or the switch. I mention this because it has occurred once or twice, but it is rare and easily fixed. The monitor connections on the included cables are
So why put up with these several negative points? Because reading reviews for the other switches available in this price range, I found none that dazzled without problems. KVM switches seem generally to be a dodgy proposition, and you would be better off with a Mac Pro dual-core laptop and Parallels, for sure. But you knew that didn t you? You are looking at this because you aren t ready to commit the necessary moolah for a dual OS system, and this might just do the trick.
Well, I think you are right, it will. It s been great for me. I just wish that Logitech would upgrade the USB ports on the switch (two for devices, one for keyboard, and one for mouse) to USB 2.0 compliance. That would be cream on our strawberries! It is important to mention that this switch comes with all the cables you will need to hook up to CPU s to one DVI monitor. Check out the price of cables and you will be impressed with the economy of this choice, if you weren t already.
In summary, I recommend this switch to the serious user who is reasonably technically-minded, and who has a specific need for a device like this. KVM s are not perfect, but this one is good quality and is currently providing me with reliable service, thus allowing me to easily switch between systems to carry out different tasks.
|Submited By: S. Yao on 08/20/2009|
Using this device to connect my laptop, vista desktop and a linux (ubuntu) server.
1. My vista desktop and my laptop docking station each has one HDMI and one analog. While this switch s both ports are analog, the dual view does not work well. Did some research, it turns out that HDMI normally does not pass the analog signal through adapters (HDMI-DVI-Analog). Haven t figured out how to fix this. So I hooked the desktop HDMI to one monitor directly. Then I connected all three machines analog to this device. Now only the vista desktop has a dual-view while the other two are single-view. It works OK.
2. The printer through the peripheral USB does not work. My understanding is that the USB peripheral connected always focuses on one port even if you have switched KVM to another machine. In other words, that USB port does not switch together with the KVM devices. To move the printer to your next machine, you have to use some hotkeys on your keyboard to do the switch rather than hitting the switch buttons. So when I work on computer A, the printer is still connected to computer B. I think this design is a little problematic.
3. I use an old PS2 keyboard. With a USB-PS2 adapter, I am able to connect the PS2 keyboard to this switch, which is nice.
Overall a nice device.
Some update. I now have a MacBook Pro. The device also is compatible with the Mac. But the dual view does not work.
BTW, if anyone knows how to solve the dual-view problem, let me know :)
|Review Average: ||Amount of Reviews|
|4 stars, based on 5|
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