I was looking for a simple and inexpensive way that I could work on multiple computers at the same time in a confined space that would not allow multiple monitors, keyboards, and mice. A KVM switch was the solution. The problem was I tried another KVM switch from Walmart that did not work with my computers (Windows XP, and 98 to Linux) even after working with the manufacturer's tech support. At first I thought I had the same problem with the IOGEAR KVM, but after contacting their tech support it was simply a matter of how you invoke the hotkey mode. So if you get this product here are some tips I got from their tech support to invoke the hotkey mode not included in the manual: 1- Use one finger for the Ctrl + Alt + Shift combination --- DO NOT HOLD DOWN THE KEYS like Control / alt / delete. 2- Use the Ctrl + Alt + Shift combination on the same side of the Keyboard (either right side or left side, but not in the same operation). 3- Use the numbers on the top of the Keyboard -- not the number pad. 4- You must complete the entire operation (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + port number). If you don't the lights will flash on the kb and the keys will not work, hitting the space bar will regain control. After using these tips the IOGEAR KVM has worked flawlessly. It is compact, has plenty of length in the cables to connect up your computers, with all the cables connected to the switch you don't have to worry about a wrong connection or losing a cable. All in all it is a great product. The only reason why I didn't give it a 5-star for everything is that I thought the tips I was given by tech support should have been included in the manual and the switch is more expensive than others. Having said that I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a KVM switch and I would personally look at purchasing IOGEAR products in the future.
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