has a new MiniView II USB KVM (keyboard-video-mouse) Switch, the first product to incorporate USB “sniffing” technology. Sniffing? Yep, it uses hot keys and on-screen displays to switch between various computers, according to Kevin Luong, senior channel sales manager at IOGEAR.
It also eliminates the 4-6 second delay previously needed for the keyboard and mouse to re-synchronize with the computer, he adds. In other words, the technology provides mouse and keyboard emulation so users’ systems will not lose connection with their USB input devices.
“This eliminates the wait previously experienced for the keyboard and mouse to re-synchronize with the computer,” Luong said. “In addition, the OSD feature allows users to name each computer for simplified identification and access.”
With the US$299, four-port MiniView II USB switch you can operate four different computers with one USB keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The switch will allow control of up to 64 computers through a daisy chain configuration. MiniView II USB is capable of selecting a computer directly from a front panel push button switch or by pressing preset key combinations for each computer. Based on USB technology, the GCS124U also eliminates adapters previously necessary to link different platforms via one KVM switch, Luong said.
The switch includes four complete sets of two-in-one bonded KVM cables. It’s USB 1.1 compliant.