[OT] USB KVM switches

From: Eric Smith <eric_at_brouhaha.com>
Date: Tue Feb 1 13:45:42 2005

I wrote:
> And I sure wish I could find some *reliable* USB KVM switches. Ideally
> without spending an arm and a leg, but given that the inexpensive ones
> are terrible, maybe I'd be willing to spend real money for one that
> actually works.
> Given that USB and the HID class have much more well-defined
> specifications
> than the PS/2 keyboard port, it astonishes me that USB KVM switches are
> so bad.

Doc Shipley wrote:
> Most of them - maybe all - assume Windows. Don't ask me how a KVM
> that works with PCs running Windows WON'T work correctly with the same
> PCs running Linux or *BSD, but it's common.

The Belkin specifically claims to support Linux and MacOS X, and
exhibits the same defect with both. I have not tried it with Windows.

> I had an 8-port Aten KVM that works reliably and perfectly with PCs,
> I recently spent the arm & leg on a Raritan 16-port MasterConsole II,

Thanks, I'll look into both of those.

Received on Tue Feb 01 2005 - 13:45:42 GMT

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