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Item#: N82E16817402031

LINKSKEY LDV-212ASK 2-Port DVI + USB Audio & Mic KVM Switch w/ Cables

  • 2 Ports Computer Connections
  • 1 Port Monitor Connections
  • Video Resolution Digital: Up to 1920 x 1200
  • Analog: Up to 2048 x 1536
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Learn more about the LINKSKEY LDV-212ASK

Model

Brand
LINKSKEY
Model
LDV-212ASK

Spec

Type
DVI, USB
PC Connectors
2 x DVI-I Single Link (For PC Video)
2 x USB Type B
Console Connectors
1 x DVI-I Single Link
2 x USB Type A (For Keyboard / Mouse / USB Device)
1 x 3.5mm Audio Jack (For Speakers)
1 x 3.5mm Mic Jack (For Microphone)
Computer Connections
2 Ports
Monitor Connections
1 Port
Video Resolution
Digital: Up to 1920 x 1200
Analog: Up to 2048 x 1536
PC Selection
Push button / Hot-keys / Switching Software
LED Indicators
2 (Green - PC1, Blue - PC2)

Features

Audio Features
with Audio
Power Features
External Power Adapter DC 5V 2A (-)--(o--(+)
USB Features
with USB support
Features
2-port Slim Palmtop DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio & Mic
USB 2.0/1.1 specification compliant
USB console support high-speed USB devices
Support USB style keyboard and mouse
Support High Digital resolution (DVI) up to 1920 x 1200
Support High Analog resolution (VGA) up to 2048 x 1536
Audio and Microphone switching for uninterrupted multimedia experience
Independent/simultaneous switching of both PC and audio/mic channel
Channel selection by face-panel push buttons and keyboard hotkeys
Support Switching Software (For Windows and Mac)
LED for easy status monitoring

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Nicolas K.
  • 6/18/2012 8:35:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat KVM for the money

Pros: DVI out and USB KVM for only 60 bucks. Worked well straight out of the box (make sure you install drivers on each computer first, otherwise it won't switch). Hotkeys were a little clunky for switching - but work most the time (I noticed some interference if I had input director running). Also there's a tray program that runs which you can click to switch computers (so if the hotkey doesn't work, this is a great backup) - not to mention the physical switch on the KVM.

I was worried initially about the switch time, but it switches back and forth between my home computer and my work laptop in a full 2 seconds, which isn't bad at all for this price.

Overall I'm very happy with this purchase.

Cons: Wish it had all incoming and outgoing ports on the back or side (as is, the monitor/usb-in ports are on the front, which makes it a bit of an eye sore if you have the switch sitting on your desk - you have cables coming out both the front and back). I'd put it under my desk but I like having access to the physical switch button in case on of my computers isn't on. Beyond that its great.

Other Thoughts: I got this on sale for 60 bucks, and at that price for a KVM with DVI out...you can't really beat it.

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  • Michael B.
  • 4/25/2012 11:27:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHorrid KVM Switch

Pros: You get everything you need to the drive up, all cables etc.

Cons: Does not work. Destroyed connected input devices.


This device when installed correctly would not bring up one of the computers it was hooked to and after a few hours of tinkering i finally got both up and running. A short time later the switch got very hot, my monitor (Scepter 23") started to flash in and out. I turned off the switch and manually plug the cables into the primary monitor, the monitor would not work from this point on.

Other Thoughts: Would not buy it or any product made by this company again.

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  • Nathan A.
  • 9/2/2011 5:34:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSkip this -- might as well burn your money

Pros: hot-key available; works well, while it works

Cons: after two weeks, it just quit on me -- could exchange it, but really don't want the potential hassle of going through this another time (and clearly I'm not the only one). Also, the cables stick out both front and back, so there's no good way to position this so you can access the switch without having cords all over the place (every now and then it's necessary to manually toggle).

Other Thoughts: considering that the product was flat-out defective and that it will cost me nearly 30% of the original cost just to return it, I'd recommend you avoid even starting down this path.

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  • Jennifer T.
  • 6/15/2011 6:03:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Inexpensive, reliable and easy to use.

Cons: Included DVI cable doesn't work with all Samsung monitors - cable has analog pins (DVI-I) and some Samsung LCD monitors do not have them (DVI-D). So you may need to use an adapter or another cable.

Other Thoughts: We have 11 of these in our office (Engineering/CAD) as we all have two workstations and one monitor. Starting using them about a year ago and have had no issues. Will not hesitate to purchase more.

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  • Larry G.
  • 10/29/2010 7:40:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsHotkey discovery - NumLock!

Pros: In my previous post I stated that the Hot-Key, ScrLk+ScrLk, as stated in the manual, did not work. Two months later, by complete mistake, I discovered that NumLock+NumLock works perfectly to switch between Windows <> Ubuntu Linux using this Microsoft wireless keyboard. Was the manual wrong? Does using a wireless keyboard change the hot-key? Dunno, but I sure am happy that it works.

Cons: Never did get a reply to my email requesting help from LinksKey.

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  • Larry G.
  • 9/11/2010 4:06:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWindows OK. Linux not so much. No response from vendor

Pros: Cheaper than others similar USB/DVI solutions. Works with a Microsoft USB wireless mouse/keyboard. Comes with all necessary cables. No problem with booting either computer nor when switching to a computer that's asleep. Hotkey works well from Windows to Ubuntu - would probably be perfect between two Windows 7 PCs.

Cons: Hotkey does not work from Ubuntu linux back to Windows - despite assurances in the (poorly written) manual. I must reach over to the box and press the transfer button.
Email to Linkskey Tech Support requesting Ubuntu hotkey information has never been answered.
DVI Cables are massive thick wires that makes placement difficult. The front-panel DVI socket makes placement on a desk impossible... which would not matter if Hotkey worked in both directions.

Other Thoughts: Wanted a KVM switch that would connect my USB wireless Microsoft Mouse/Keyboard to either a Windows 7 PC or a Ubuntu linux box. This works mostly... with the exception of manually switching back from Ubuntu to Windows. For the most part, I got what I thought I was buying.

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  • Erik Z.
  • 6/4/2010 4:23:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsRepsonce to Errors

Pros: Works great, after tweaks...

Cons: Win7/Vista doesnt like the refresh rate on this item.

Other Thoughts: To get this to work, you have to turn UAC (User Account Control) off in the user account section of your control panel.

This provided me with a solution that works at least...

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/17/2010 9:26:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: + Switches between computers effortlessly ... well, at the time when it worked, it did.
+ KVM Software works on both Mac and Windows. Mac Mini is running Mac OS X Leopard while the PC was running Windows Vista (but now running Windows 7).

Cons: + Renders itself useless almost 2 years of use-- shorter life than expected. I bought this around April 2008.
+ However, it didn't just die flat-out. It was more gradual. First, one of the USB connectors died out, probably do to general wear-n-tear (went through four or five mice during it's lifetime) ... then the second one kicked bucket a couple weeks later, maybe due to overload since I plugged a 4-port hub into it after the first one blew out, even though only two of those four ports were used (well, I had to improvise somehow). That means I no longer had mouse and keyboard support, but could still change displays by pushing the green/blue button. Now today, video only comes out of one the output DVI ports instead of both. It's only a matter of time when this thing stops working all together.

Other Thoughts: The LED light is very bright ... well, it was two years ago. I eventually got use to it. Think of it as a night-light of some sorts if you use your computer in your bedroom.

During the last three months of it's life, however, I did mount this KVM on the wall using those sticky mounting pads that you can find in many arts and office supplies stores ... maybe it doesn't like to be mounted vertically ... who knows.

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  • Doug L.
  • 1/9/2010 11:03:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsok, but stopped working

Pros: looks nice, cables look solid

Cons: stopped working on my matx computer, cant get the video signal back after switching. light in button is very bright, probably not nice if you have it dark.

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  • Jason H.
  • 1/7/2010 9:54:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot Windows 7 friendly

Pros: Small, looks nice, and comes with cables. Works with the G15 keyboard.

Cons: I just spent the last 2 weeks trying to find away to make this switch work and was unsuccessful. The best I can come up with is that it doesn't like the way Windows 7 detects monitors or something to do with the Nvidia driver.

The switch works fine when I boot my computer and it works fine when I switch to my Linux computer, but when I switch back to my Windows 7 computer the monitor says no signal and shuts off. I have to pull the monitor cable out of the KVM and plug it back in again to get the display on my Windows 7 computer to show up.

I am sending this back and paying a little extra to get something that works.

Other Thoughts: If all you need is a KM switch instead of a KVM then this will work for you.

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