Summary: I have had this KVM for 1.5 years now, and it is a good product. I found that it does have some issues, although I am anticipating that I will keep this KVM for some time to come. Let me get in to the pros and cons. Pro === * Comes with cables. It's pricey, but add $100 bucks or so for cables, and this becomes a very good deal. I like these cables. The keyboard/mouse cables are longer than the monitor cable, which prevents them from coming loose.
Summary: Bought this because our server room was getting more computers than our old switch could support. This performs exactly as it should with no hiccups at all. I did have an issue with the keyboard and mouse not responding on one of the servers, but I finally narrowed it down to bad ports on the server, and not a problem with the switch. I have nothing to complain about with this switch. It works perfectly 100% of the time and does exactly what it's supposed to do.
Summary: Update: 02-26-2010 Still the best KVM for the price! Tip if you want to turn it into an IP KVM you can hookup an adapter like the one made by BlackBox which will take the master input and redirect it to an ethernet cable which can be viewed over the internet. You will this KVM is a LOT of IT shops for a reason - it works! We just installed some Advocent IP KVM's at work but they cost $500? Then all the cables are proprietary at a cost of $75 each!
Summary: Unit functions fine as a KVM. The HotKey capability is somewhere between useless and dangerous. The key combination has to be done exactly in sequence and includes the enter key. If you mess up you end up executing some command unintentionally.
Great for servers but poor for multimedia & gaming rigs.
J. Knight "Physical Quantum Mechanic", Amazon
10 August 2005
Summary: I've had this unit for several months in my home office to control 8 servers/PC's. Overall, it works great and is easy to install and setup. It functions just fine for office or server environments. The unit itself is very heavy weight and seems built quite rugged. I'd have no reservations purchasing these units for my company to control servers.
Summary: Easy to set up. Just plug your ps2 beyboard and mouse as well as your VGA monitor into the white area in the back of the IOGEAR device, then connect the included cables to your other devices and to the ports in the back of the IOGEAR device and you are ready to go. For my installation, there were no problems with either the mouse or keyboard that are common with KVMs and the emulation they use.
Summary: Excellent video - Accurate keyboard repeat rate. Works great for me on Win2000 and several SuSE Linux servers. I tried another brand of 8 port KVM and had key repeat problems. This one worked perfect right out of the box.