New IOGear DualDisplay Port KVM Switch

I for one love KVM Switches because I have two screens for dual view and multiple computers, I have had my run of dual display KVMs for some time now and I always end up going back to IOGear, they are the best at it and their hardware lasts a long time, with excellent support over the years. Now they have come up with the innovative “4-port DualView Mini DisplayPort KVMP Switch” (GCS1924). Most graphic cards these days come with Display ports, a few of them in fact and for a while I didn’t know what to use them for since most KVMs are DVI and some are VGA but now with this KVM you can use them for this KVM, and the best part is the cable is so small and the KVM switch itself is so small. Its MSRP price is for $880 but you can find it on Amazon for about $650 and for a lovely piece of hardware such as this, its a great price. One of the best things about this KVM is it’s size, it is very small and I like that the connections for the screens are on two different sides, usually with my KVM when you have four machines connected there are a lot of wires to keep connected but this one is really different then the rest.

Video resolutions:

  • Single Link 1920×1200
  • Dual-Link 2560×1600
  • Supports special monitors with 3840×2400

IOGEAR’s newest KVMP product also improves on previous KVM designs with the latest Mini-DisplayPort and Mini-TOSLINK connectors. The connectors ensure ultra-high resolution audio and video performance for dual-link 2560 x 1600 resolution and ultra high resolution up to 3840 x 2400, with vivid picture quality and convenient surround sound.

Tech Overload – 5 Hour Trouble Shooting

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This is probably the most intense network trouble shooting I have done in my life. I have spares for most situations, back up plans, and tools ready to go but what happened to me confused the hell out of me.

Problems:

  • Network Went Down, No Internet (Kems Connection)
  • Internal Network was inaccessible as well

Possible Issues:

  • External Issue with Internet – Internet Down
  • Modem could be malfunction – Internal Network Issues

Solutions:

  • Kems to Solve Issue
  • Replace Modem
  • Replace Switch

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What Happened:

I changed both the modem first and I was still facing issues, I redid the external wiring from MOC into the house and installed the best connectors and cleanest route and still faced the same issue. Then I installed the modem, configured it which got complete and it was connecting but packets were bouncing. Basically I was also going nuts not being able to access my tv shows, movies and anime, it was cutting off so it wasn’t watchable. Since the internal network was still facing problems I installed a new switch to see if that was the issue, even though it was working fine for over two years.

So replacing the modem didn’t help, replacing the switch didn’t help, rewiring the external telephone line didn’t help. So the next step was cable testing but I didn’t have the equipment, so KEMS sent their engineer to test everything out but any work was sent by an external company recommend by Kems and they did the work. We went through and tested over 23 different Cat-6 Cables on three different floors to find that issue was that with the two networks the computer face an issue with a conflict of an internal router addresses so I redid that. We tested every cable and arranged every one of them once we test each one, one by one and cleared it, one cable was causing an issue and the switch was facing an issue whenever we connected it, I’m not sure how it went bad. After 5 hours of testing and going through everything and slowly getting everything up, the machines all worked at last.

Conclusion:

  • KEMS support is the best in Kuwait
  • Make sure to check router main address whenever configuring the modem, conflicts from the modem can cause major problems.
  • Label cables for easy trouble shooting. I have a spaghetti for a network even though in my head it was all completely logical.

Access Point Search in London

We have internet at home, even though its a little bit on the slow side but I needed an access point to put another location to cover the whole house because the one from the modem is very weak. I thought that would be simple enough, but it turned out to be a lot more difficult then I expected. I was in Harrods and decided to ask if they sell access points in the computer section, the lady looked at me like I was speaking Chinese to her so I thought I would go to Totenham Court road and find many there. I walked over there and I stopped at nearly 9 different electronic and computer shops on that street and every one of them don’t sell access points any more, they sell so many kinds of modems, routers and switches but no access points. It seems London is no longer in need of access points so I decided to order it from Amazon.co.uk and it came the next day, much simpler then running around for a few days.

Review: Linkskey Dual DVI KVM Switch

Looking for a high resolution dual output DVI KVM has been a very long process. I have at least found one with Linkskeys’ KVM and I waited a little while for the price to drop too. The best part is that the KVM comes with all the connections for all the computers with Dual Display, so you don’t need to purchase any other wires. I have had this unit for about 10 months now and putting it through its paces, I haven’t done a firmware upgrade to it but I don’t really see the point since its working as need with a few kinks. This is a very heavy duty unit which can take whatever you throw it, 1080p movies, high paced games, and complete multi-tasking on multiple screens across multiple computers, the only problem I really see with it is the price thats the major reason why I only gave it four out of five, but over all its an excellent product.

Pros:

  • Can Handle 4 Dual Screen Computers at very high resolutions
  • Simple setup
  • Boots Mouse and Keyboard in computer so it always detected even if they are connected
  • USB Connection for Mouse and Keyboard to Computer and KVM Switch
  • All keyboard and mouse features work with Vista which didn’t work with the previous KVM, such as touch pad and volume
  • The standard resolution remains at your setting when rebooting and not choosing the specific computer, on my previous KVM it resets to the lowest resolution because you didn’t select it when it was restarting

Cons:

  • One Special USB for wireless items
  • Hot Key Switching isn’t working with Windows XP (With or WithOut the Software)
  • Hot Key Switching only works with software for Windows Vista
  • A bit pricey

Price: $739
Link: Amazon
Rating:
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Centralizing the Network

My network consolidation steps have failed as I post about this earlier. My main problem was that I have multiple machines and multiple storage machines, so for the longest time I  had a lot of items spread out in different locations.

I have two separate networks since I have two ISPs coming in and I want to combine there speeds which is possible with the right setup but it didn’t work out for me and I’m not up for testing all over again. I’m thinking about trying a piece of equipment later, but I don’t want to purchase a load balancer.

I tried something different this time around, I connected both network cables to the two ethernet ports on the back of my power house PC. Its an Nvidia motherboard with two ethernet ports and I wasn’t sure how it was going to be if I plugged them both in, but as soon as I did it accepted the second IP Address. At that point I was able to see both networks and so for the past week I have been shifting data to my Windows Home Server (Bunker-Server).

Data:

  • TV Shows (Done)
  • Anime (Done)
  • Movie (Done)
  • Photos (TBD)
  • Music (TDB)
  • Other Files (TBD)

But the drawback is that the transfer has to go through the main PC but luckly the main PC is powerful enough to handle the huge transfers while doing other tasks and I have delegated downloads to the two other PCs.