I have 2 towers connected, how can I use printer & internet from both?
I purchased a KVM switch & connected my 2 towers together but I don't know how to get both towers to use the Internet or the same printer. One tower is a HPwith Windows XP. The other is basically a Heinz 57 with Windows XP. Both have been connected to the Internet & the printer separately. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, I've tried 'sharing' the networks, other than that I don't know if I'm on the right track. Please help!!!
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this is not uncommon. many kvm switches cannot work with those types of wireless mice. the reason for this is due to connection codes. these mice require a connection to secure the use with each computer. you can attempt to do this with your setpoint software. located in C:\Program Files\Logitech\SetPointP you will find the program CONNECT.EXE run this to redo your mouse connection. i will however inform you that even if this works there is a large chance that upon switching to the next pc the mouse wont work and you will need to repeat this process with each pc switch everytime you toggle pcs.
rule of thumb. if the mouse is wireless don't use it with a kvm.
You may have a bad ethernet cable. I would try the easy thing first and just go to Best Buy, Amazon etc... and purchase a new RJ45 CAT5 or CAT6 ethernet cable. Since you are receiving an orange light it is indicating that the port is not active. Also check the cable make sure its seated properly at both ends even with a new cable. Cheers! Hope it helps! J the Guru.
The GCS632U is just one KVM switch. But if you're going to check it out,
it has actually two separate connections.
It will just switch
once you toggle from one computer to another.
Try to power cycle
the KVM switch.
1. Shut off both computers. 2. Disconnect the
KVM switch from the computers. (make sure that not even a single cable
is connected to the computer, even the audio). 3. Leave it
disconnected for 10 minutes. 4. Reconnect the KVM and boot up the XP
first. 5. Boot up the Vista, try to toggle from one computer to
another. 6. LASTLY, shut off the Vista and see if same problem will
If you get the same problem, then you need to contact
IOGEAR and have them RMA the device. Because this is the first time that
I heard of this problem.
KVM switch: This is a Keyboard video and mouse switch. It is used to connect multiple computer/servers to the same Keyboard Monitor and mouse. It is typically use in Racks housing multiple servers to swap between server without having to use a Keyboard Mouse and a Monitor per server. SMC switch: I believe is a brand for Ethernet switches, used to connect computer together in the same LAN.
This happens on KVMs, some more than others. I have a couple of Avocents that work great with Dell and HP servers, a Belkin OmniView that works great with two Dells and OK with a home built. Bottom line is some switches work better than others just like some PCs seem to behave better than others.
If you?re looking for suggestions I would stay away from the cheaper $50 and under switches unless you find a good, used, guaranteed one somewhere. I like the Belkin OmniView and Advocent (really expensive, meant for servers and other medium sized sites). I would stay away from LinkSys, they make good wireless equipment but haven?t heard much good about their KVM switches.
The original post was a few months ago so this is really intended to help anyone in the future who is researching a similar problem and winds up here.