Re: auto switchers

Jeff Weiss ( )
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 15:54:26 -0400

problem with cheap KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switches (Belkin included):

if the computer attempts to load a mouse driver, such as when Win 3.1 is
loading or when 95 or NT are booting, the mouse will NOT be recognized IF
that copmuter is not set to be active on the screen.

That is, if you lose power, only one PC gets the mouse when power is restored.
This is not a big deal for DOS boxes or Novell servers, but for NT it is

Also, on the Belkin box, I have noticed a high failure rate in the serial
port pass throughs. These seem to consistently fail after about a year.
Furthermore, the boxes cam temporarily "freeze" when you are booting a
computer or your active computer locks up, thus preventing you from
switching PCs. Other than that, they're really not that bad for the money
- we DO use these quite a bit.

There are more expensive solutions, starting around $500 for 6 or 8 ports
that emulate a mouse on all ports. Look in the back of LAN magazine for
the best collection of ads.
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