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Re: KVM Switch Suggestions -- Are The Ebay Cheapies Okay?



jack wallen wrote:
> Robert L Cochran wrote:
>> Are the no-name-brand, two-port, USB 2.0 PS2 KVM switch boxes with two
>> cables which sell for $14.99 and free shipping on EBay any good? Here is
>> an example: item 140294824343 from seller insidecomputer. Recent
>> discussions (from 2007) suggest IOGear and Trendnet switches as good
>> brands. If I can get a cheap switch that works, though, I'm willing to
>> do it.
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Bob Cochran
>> Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
>>
>>   
> avoid them. i bought one on ebay - a cheap USB one. it did two things:
> prevented Fedora from being able to read the modes from the monitor so
> I couldn't get proper resolution and, even worse, killed every usb
> port on my system. i now have to get a PCI usb card in order to use
> any USB device.
>
> so, yeah, i wouldn't bother.
That's a rather convincing damage report. I was really tempted to get
the el cheapo units. I'm looking at IOGear KVMs now.

Bob


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