Summary: We have this deployed as part of our test lab. I searched for a long while to find the "right" 8Port switch, but I think 2 of these work better than any 8 port (the 8 ports seem more server room oriented). I was most worried about the cables, which I ended up liking (but really could have used 10' versions instead of the included 6') Occasionally (~once every 50 "switches") the mouse seems to get "dropped" which is solved by switching again, and all seems well.
Pros: Love the 5 port network switch as part of the device as well as the USB device sharing (2 ports on the front of the device). Built very well and about as small as you could reasonably make a device like this
Cons: Cables are proprietary, but well constructed and help manage cable clutter (significantly!) Switching by using the buttons on the front of the device is "particular" (you need to hold for five seconds (until it actually beeps/switches ) or you only switch the monitor and Kb/Mouse (not USB hub or audio)
Summary: The Ethernet switch is 10/100, not gigabit. I could have gotten by with a less expensive IOGEAR switch, since I do not use the Ethernet switch. I still give it a 5-egg rating, because it is worth the price for my application.
Pros: Does everything you would expect of a 4-port KVM, plus a few extras. I actively use all four ports with my work, so this switch gets used heavily. Switches audio and USB independently of the Keyboard/ Video/Mouse. Has a built-in 5-port Ethernet switch, independent of the KVM. The unit appears to be well built and reliable.
Cons: The LCD screen and G-keys on my Logitech G15 keyboard do not work with this KVM when plugged into the keyboard port. Instead, I must plug the keyboard into one of the switched the USB ports in order to use those features (which I use a lot). The down side of this is that I cannot use the keyboard shortcuts to switch the KVM, audio, and USB. What’s worse is that I have to hold the pushbutton down for 5 seconds to switch the USB keyboard from one system to another. Othe...
Summary: Contacted IOGear support they have offered to replace the device. Unfortunately, that means I'll be swapping cables on 4 machines for 3 to 4 weeks. I suspect that when I get the new KVM I'll be so happy that I'll never complain again.
Pros: Initially, the device worked as advertised. It quickly switched between computers and appeared to keep a hot connection to each computer. This enabled it to switch to a new machine and immediately work.
Cons: After about a year the primary USB port died. I can only guess this port was used to monitor the keyboard (and the hotkeys that allowed switching). The secondary USB port continues to work, but now I can only switch machines from the buttons on the front of the KVM. The "hot swap" feature no longer seems to work, because it takes 3 - 5 seconds before the keyboard and mouse are recognized. Kind of working...but not as nicely as it did for the first year.
Pros: Does everything it's supposed to do, fairly reliably.
Cons: For some reason the mouse and keyboard will stop working on any device other than the one on port 1. I used to be able to unplug the USB mouse and keyboard, re-insert them, and it would work fine. I have tried that several times, as well as resetting the power to the KVM, and I still have no mouse or keyboard functionality. It was doing this infrequently at first, and now it seems to be constant. Pretty useless device.
Summary: I got it and it worked out of the box for about 4 months then just died. Sent it into IOGear and they replaced it quickly. You do need to know somethings about computers to get it to work with everything, but the basic features will always work.
Pros: Easy to setup. Comes with all of its own cords for all 4 ports. Swaps fast. Great support from IOGear. Sturdy structure and fits about anywhere. Network hub is a great feature
Cons: Does not work properly with all keyboard/mouse combos. You need to have a seperate plug for your keyboard and mouse. If you have a keyboard with extra features you may need to plug into the front peripheral slot to get to work properly, but even in back the basic functions still work.
Summary: I would buy another one, but hopefully IOGEAR will come through, i submitted a warranty inquiry to them a week ago and haven't heard anything yet.
Pros: Got this KVM to replace old belkins, and they do the job nicely. I love the USB sharing, and the cabling.
Cons: I have had to exchange one of the units 3 times already, since it will stop displaying video on any of the 4 ports anywhere between 3 weeks and 3 months. I need this KVM to to my job properly, and now I am down to only 1 working unit.
Summary: If sound is important, do not buy this product.
Pros: It's very nice to have a built in hub. I haven't seen too many KVMs that have this feature.
Cons: I spent the extra money on this KVM because it would also let me change speakers between systems. The sound quality through the KVM is bad. There is a constant hum that drove me insane. I do video editing and clean sound is very imporntant to me. I don't like the hotkey commands. It's just odd.
Summary: Make sure you attach a USB/PS2 compatible mouse for problem free operation.
Pros: Plug & Play right out of the box. I replaced my IOGEAR two port cables & connected all my 4 computers together. Runs XP, Vista, & Linux...No problems. Cable attachment was pretty straight forward with the markings..Good idea IOGEAR. So far I like the look and performance of the item.
Cons: It would be advantageous to have the front two USB Hub Ports located in the back or perhaps on top of the unit. In it's present location it's cumbersome and I don't intend on using them.