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Monitor Switchbox?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ropenfold, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Ropenfold

    Ropenfold Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi all I'm currently putting together a Network in my room to mess about on, its gonna be a real frankenstein thing with bits from ebay and other stuff, I'm hoping to use a switch box so I can change between different workstations, Has anyone used one of these and can anyone advise a good one?
     
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  2. TimoftheC

    TimoftheC Kilobyte Poster

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    Ropen - if you get a monitor with both a dvi and vga connector you can normally switch between the two using a button on the monitor.

    Of course, if you already have a monitor that does not have dual connection and have no intention of getting one, please feel free to ignore the above statement:biggrin
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Usually called a KVM switch. They seem to be somewhat variable, some are very good and some flaky, and I've never found one manufacturer to be consistant.

    I have one which works fine as long as I don't use a Logitech radio keyboard/mouse combo with it. It uses a double tap on the Alt key to cause the switch to move to the next PC.

    Harry.
     
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  4. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

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    If it's for controlling mulitple pc's with one monitor, keyboard and mouse then you need a KVM switch, or you can use remote desktop/vnc or similar.
     
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  5. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    I'm currently using a Claxan CL KVM-5004 on my desk now. It's pretty good, pushbutton to change pc or double tap ctrl key, connects to 4 pcs and works well as long as you use ps2 connected keyboards and mice.
     
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  6. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Have used (and sold to customers) Belkin Omni series ok (tho they don't like wireless kb/mou) and also Lindy :

    http://www.lindy.co.uk/kvm/

    Hope it helps
     
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  7. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    I use a KVM switch by starview, they are excellent. Mine has 4 inputs and you just double tap CTRL and then press the number key of the corresponding computer you want to change to, it also has a button on the switch aswell.
     
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  8. Spilly

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    D-link USB ones are good as well.

    I use mine at work all day every day no problem, switching between my 2 PC's, image server & target client.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    ahahhahahhh, hoohoohohooohoh, heeeheehehehee!!! :hahaha "D-Link" and "good"... in the same sentence!! AAAAAHAAAHahahhahahaha!!!! :cheers oh... can't breathe!!! hahahaha!!!! :clap whew!!! :biggrin
     
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  10. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    <Cough> If D-Link were consistently junk would they still be in business?

    Just asking (as someone here often says :biggrin )

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  11. BosonMichael
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    Why, yes... yes, they would. People still buy things that are crap once to "give them a try".

    I can point you to several examples of this, if you'd like... 8)
     
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  12. BosonJosh

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    I've used Belkin KVM switches in the past. They're not too bad, but I've never found a KVM switch to be flawless. There's always some issue that ends up being so annoying I just connect individual monitors, keyboard and mice to each computer. I've since transferred most of my "lab" work to virtual machines. That being said, if you can, it's always better to be using real machines to test stuff out, and KVMs are generally good enough for that purpose.
     

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