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Date:      Sat, 11 Aug 2012 13:30:54 -0700
From:      Gary Kline <kline@thought.org>
To:        "Mike." <the.lists@mgm51.com>
Cc:        FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: what is the best kind of KVM Switch?
Message-ID:  <20120811203054.GA28929@thought.org>
In-Reply-To: <201208111544030789.0047EB59@sentry.24cl.com>
References:  <20120811191856.GA28865@thought.org> <201208111544030789.0047EB59@sentry.24cl.com>

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On Sat, Aug 11, 2012 at 03:44:03PM -0400, Mike. wrote:
> Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:44:03 -0400
> From: "Mike." <the.lists@mgm51.com>
> Subject: Re: what is the best kind of KVM Switch?
> To: FreeBSD Mailing List <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
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> On 8/11/2012 at 12:18 PM Gary Kline wrote:
> 
> |guys,
> |
> |	can any of you with hardware background tell me which are
> |	the better KVM makes?  about three weeks ago my "Belkin
> |	soho" 4-port kvm switch started going flakey on port #1.
> |
> |	I ordered a new one, same make//model except with PS/2 
> |	plugs.   it arrived 100%  DOA.   I'Ve finally found 
> |	somebody willing to come over and help me.  Fry's is about
> |	12 clicks away.  they have not too many.  maybe an 
> |	"iogear" (sp?).  is there really that much diff between kvm
> |	switch? and if there is, which should I be looking for?
> |
> |	tia,
> |
> |	gary
> |
> |
> |
> |-- 
>  =============
> 
> My requirements may not be the same as yours, but I have experiences in
> two brands of KVMs: IOGear and Avocent.
> 
> The IOGear KVM worked well ... for a while, then quit.   I was not
> impressed by IOGear's customer service
> 
> The Avocent, though more expensive, just works and works.   I now have
> another on my DVI monitor.  It, too, works well and reliably.
> 
> 

	to kurt, 

	by best, I mean something that works reliably for > 3
	years.  by chance, years ago I had a a Belkin that lasted for
	6, 7 years.  in 2010 I bought a dual-LED switch//+speaker
	that broke on port 1 in july.  OR:: if *cables* can break,
	then the first cable broke.  nobody has time to fmess around
	with that kind of testing.

	Fry's has a limited kind that are "available" up the way.
	I don't want to have t o have this guy return another busted
	belkin.  bad enough that I have to ask my wife to return
	the DOA model.  

	ijust googled for "Avocent" at fry's.  nada.   ,,,well,
	thanks to you both.  if the same model I've got comes with an
	extended warrantee, maybe that's the way tto go.

	gary



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 Gary Kline  kline@thought.org  http://www.thought.org  Public Service Unix
              Twenty-six years of service to the Unix community.




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