Summary: Be aware that the computers must be near each other ( in the same room, pretty much ) or an extra long usb printer cable must be added.
Pros: This switch works very well! I was having a problem printing from my second computer using printer sharing through the Homegroup option in Windows 7 ( 64 bit, Home version ). The directions are simple and easy. I followed them and everything worked perfectly, right out of the box.
Summary: Didn't think it was going to be this difficult.
Pros: It's going to be really useful. The technician that helped me did a good job. Online help is good.
Cons: Doesn't install easily. Got it set up once, then went to bed and next morning it would not switch. Finally had to uninstall my printer on both computers, reboot both and download latest software from IOGear website. Then I re-installed the IOGear S/W and rebooted both puters. Works now. Technicia...
Summary: It's disappointing that a good product can't work the way i need it to. WHY CANT I JUST HAVE MY BUTTON!?
Pros: It would be great for Printer sharing.
Cons: Using it for other devices isn't the best idea. If it wasn't fully automated it would be better. I can't just click a button to do the switch. It has to be done through your OS. (and both computers need to have the iogear software installed.
Summary: I don't understand why everyone sings the praises of NewEgg. For instance, I got this defective thing and had to make an RMA. Then I had to go to the Post Office and pay the shipping. Now I have to wait for NewEgg to receive my RMA before they mail it to me. How is that stellar service?
Pros: The unit didn't work so it's impossible to note any Pros.
Cons: This device has two printer input channels each with it's own light. On the unit I got, only one light lit. I could print with either printer through that port, but the other port remained dysfunctional.
Pros: Small, works well with OSX Snow Leoprad and below, also with Windows 7
Cons: Does not work with 10.7 (Lion) despite specifications listed on NewEgg. If it did I'd give it 5 stars as it worked great until I upgraded to Lion. In fairness to IOgear, their d/l page only lists support up to 10.6
Summary: I built a system for doing e-learning modules for work, used a Triplte unit for K/B, video and sound. Needed a bi-directional setup for printer and just for grins plugged in a usb bus and added the aircard (only internet access available out here in the sticks) .
Pros: Small, LED indicating which computer is assigned, works with an AIR card and a printer. Got it cheap from the EGG.
Summary: Only a short wait to speak with or use chat support. Using a scanner ties up switch functions even after closing scanner program. Simple fix, Click Exit on menu and restart with desktop Icon. It is a good buy.
Pros: Allows easy USB printer switching between 2 computers. Works great with printer/scanner unit. Simple to use once you figure how it was designed to function. Very helpful support personnel. (See Cons)
Cons: Horrible instruction book. Desktop Icon appears not to function unless you are carefully watching toolbar for icon to appear. (Installation in Windows 7 places icon in the hidden folder). Instructions failure to provide information, i.e. Icon changes color, green = connected to printer, yellow pr...
Pros: Shortly after writing that scathing review I remembered that there was a bit of software that was installed with the IOGEAR Printer Auto Sharing Switch. I right clicked on it and clicked on just about the only option available, "switch" and it started printing my documents. My heartfelt apologies...