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  Linksys ProConnect 2-Port KVM Switch
 
 

By:Agi

If you have continually upgraded your PC over the years, you probably have a stash of spare parts laying around. If you are lucky, it's enough to build another complete PC. Or maybe you just want to run a dedicated server on your local network (LAN). However, space and money constraints may leave you with a monitorless PC. What can you do? A keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switch may meet your needs.

Since my latest round of upgrading left me enough to build that third PC but I didn't have enough room for another monitor, I decided to purchase a KVM switch. I've had a little experience with KVM switches because I recently got a Belkin OmniView SE at work. Unfortunately, the OmniView is very expensive and doesn't come with cables. A cost effective solution was Linksys's PS2KVMSK.

Features

-- Control Multiple Computers from a Single Keyboard, Monitor, and Mouse
-- Switch Instantly Between PCs
-- Supports 1920 x 1440 Maximum Screen Resolution
-- Serves as a Quick Docking Station for Notebook Computers
-- Full Plug & Play Monitor Support
-- Caps, Num, and Scroll Lock Settings Are Automatically Recalled by each PC
-- Runs with Most PS/2 and Windows 95 Keyboards
-- Compatible with Virtually All Major PS/2 Mice
-- No Software Required
-- Free Technical Support
-- Comes with 2 cables for hookup
-- One Year Warranty
-- $65 Street Price

Construction

The PS2KVM is a very compact unit measuring approximately 4 1/2"L x 3 1/2"W x 1"H and is well constructed.

Three of the sides contain the connectors for the two PC's and the Keyboard-Video-Mouse. Thw fourth side contains the button for switching between PC's. The cables that come with the unit are excellent - heavy duty and group in threes to reduce cable clutter. As the features above indicated, no software is required to operate the switch.

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Table of Contents
Page 1: Features and Construction
Page 2: Evaluation and Conclusion

 
      Posted by: , March 18, 2001, 6:00 pm  

 
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