Question about Linksys ProConnect 2-port KVM Switch
wanted to love this switch. However, the best thing that I can say
about it is...it works as advertised. Whoa, so what's the problem?
Well, the switch has two major problems. The first isn't really
Linksys' problem; it's apparent on other manufacturer's switches as
well. The switch doesn't support 4th mouse buttons or scroll wheels*.
Once the mouse is connected to the switch, those functions are
disabled. The Belkin literature (for the OmniView mentioned above) even
goes as far to say you should use generic 2-button mouse drivers! While
it's not the end of the world, it's pretty frustrating to lose those
The other problem, however, renders the switch useless for me. Instead of having to reach for the button on the switch to change PC's, they have built in a keyboard shortcut. Sounds like a great feature right? It would be except that they have made the keyboard shortcut CTRL CTRL. If you hit the CTRL key twice quickly, you will change PC's. The CTRL key?? Why would they choose a key that is used often? I use the CTRL key for firing during games. Imagine what happens when you fire rapidly. Yes, you get the strobe effect as you switch back and forth between PC's! Also, if you use the CTRL key for editing (CTRL C, CTRL V, etc.), an inadvertant double stroke on the CTRL key will switch PC's. This is unbelievable. Unfortunately, the hotkey can neither be changed nor disabled. In contrast, while it is also unchangeable, the Belkin unit uses the Scroll Lock key. This is a much more logical choice because the Scroll Lock is basically obsolete in today's computing experience.
This is some hope, though, because their 4-port switch uses a a keyboard combination of ALT CTRL SHIFT # (where #=1,2,3 and 4). While it is a little more cumbersome, it prevents accidental switching of PC's. Also, the 4-port version has Auto-Scan, which allows you to automatically cycle between your PC's. That option is not available on the 2-port version.
I recommend getting the switch kit instead of just the switch alone. While it doesn't cost a lot more ($18), the SuperVGA cables are worth the price. They are normally $23 each! I tried standard VGA cables on the Belkin switch and the signal degradation was unacceptable. hope that you get the information u need
Posted on Aug 31, 2010
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