User Manual
2-Port USB KVM Switch with Audio
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GCS632U
PART NO. M0104
Welcome
Thank you for purchasing one of the most feature-rich keyboard, video, and mouse switches on the
market. IOGEAR®’s MiniView™ Micro USB PLUS switches are first-rate connectivity accessories designed
to help reduce the frustration of managing multiple computer systems. With the MiniView™ Micro USB
PLUS by IOGEAR®, you can access two USB computers from a single USB console (USB keyboard,
USB mouse and monitor). MiniView™ Micro USB PLUS allows you to change ports easily by entering Hot
Key combinations from the keyboard. Setup is fast and easy; plugging cables into their appropriate ports
is all that is entailed.
We hope you enjoy using your MiniView™ Micro USB PLUS, yet another firstrate connectivity solution
from IOGEAR®.
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Table of Contents
Package Contents
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Overview5
Features6
Requirements7
Introduction 8
Installation9
Operation11
Appendix27
Specification
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Technical Support
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Radio & TV Interference Statement
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Limited Warranty
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Statement
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CE Compliance 34
Contact 35
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Package Contents
This package contains:
• 1 MiniView™ Micro USB PLUS 2 Port KVM Switch (cables built-in)
• 1 User Manual
• 1 Quick Start Guide
• 1 Warranty Registration Card
If any items are damaged or missing, please contact your dealer.
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Overview
Introducing the two port MiniView™ Micro USB PLUS KVM switch from IOGEAR® – A simple solution for
those with more PCs than hands. Use one USB keyboard, one monitor and one USB mouse to control
two USB computers. This self-powered KVM switch features the unique USB sniffing technology for USB
mouse & keyboard emulation to ensure smooth operation, as well as support for Plug-n-Play monitors and
most wheel mice. Our patented VSE Video Signal Enhancement® technology provides rich, 32-bit color at
resolutions up to 2048 x 1536.
Another big plus of this switch is the capability to provide audio support, it allows you to share your
multimedia speakers among the two connected computers.
This switch also offers multi-platform support, it is compatible with Macs and Sun Solaris workstations.
IOGEAR® made a huge breakthrough in supporting Mac and Sun, by allowing Mac and Sun special keys
to be functional, either with the Mac or Sun keyboard as the console keyboard, or with a standard PC
keyboard. When use a PC keyboard, a special set of hot keys are designated to emulate the Mac and Sun
special keys.
With KVM cables (6’ long) molded into the unit, all you need to do is to plug it into your computers, and
you’ve got a complete KVM solution from IOGEAR®.
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Features
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Use one USB keyboard, monitor and USB mouse to control two USB computers.
6’ long molded-in cables to simplify setup.
Share your multimedia speakers among the two connected computers.
Full support for Mac and Sun systems.
Supports special keys on Mac and Sun keyboards.
Port selection through convenient Hot Keys.
USB sniffing technology allows complete USB mouse and keyboard emulation for error-free boot-up.
Plug-n-Play monitor support.
Support video resolutions up to 2048 x 1536
No software required.
Built in AutoScan mode.
LEDs allow for easy status monitoring.
3 Year Limited Warranty.
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Requirements
Console
• A VGA, SVGA, or Multisync monitor capable of the highest resolution that you will be using on any
computer in the installation
• A USB Keyboard
• A USB Mouse
Computers
The following equipment must be installed on each computer that is to be connected to the system:
• A VGA, SVGA or Multisync card
• A USB type A port Requirements
• A multimedia sound card for audio sharing
Audio
• Only 2-piece, powered speakers system supported
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Introduction
1. Port LEDs (Refer to Appendix for LED
indications)
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2. KVM Cables
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3. Console Ports
4. Speaker Jack
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Installation
Step. 1
2. Plug your speakers into the speakerjack on
the GCS632U.
Before you begin, make sure that the power to
all the devices you will be connecting up have
been turned off.
NOTE: 2-piece powered speakers only
NOTE: To prevent damage to your installation
due to ground potential difference, make sure
that all devices on the installation are properly
grounded.
1. Plug your keyboard, monitor, mouse, into
their respective ports on the GCS632U. The
keyboard and mouse ports are labeled with
an icon, located at the bottom of the switch,
to indicate which is which.
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Step. 2
1. Plug the USB, video, and speaker
connectors of the attached KVM cables into
their respective ports on the computers you
are installing.
NOTE: The computer attached to the cable
with one dot at its base is the Por t 1
computer; the computer attached to the
cable with two dots at its base is the Port 2
computer (see hotkey port selection).
2. Repeat the above step for your second
computer.
3. Turn on the power to the computers and
refer to Operations Instructions.
NOTE: The GCS632U’s Power On default is
to link to the first computer you turn on.
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Operation
Hotkey Operation
key), refer to the section in the manual “Alternate
Port Switching Keys” for information on
re-configuring the KVM’s hotkeys, and page 15
for Mac keyboard operation.
The hotkey operations of the KVM assume the
use of a PC-Compatible keyboard with the
Scroll Lock key. If you are using a Mac Keyboard
(or a keyboard that does not have Scroll Lock
PC keyboard
Scroll Lock
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Port Switching
Hotkey Setting Mode (HSM)
For all Hotkey operations, you must use the
number keypad on the right side of your
keyboard
To toggle between the two computers, quickly
tap the Scroll Lock key twice:
[Scroll Lock], [Scroll Lock]
To Invoke Hotkey Mode (PC-Compatible
Keyboard):
NOTE 1: Please make sure the keyboard
is plugged into the keyboard port on the
KVM; otherwise the hotkeys will not work.
Keyboard and mouse ports are labeled on
the bottom side of the KVM with a small
picture of a keyboard and mouse.
1. Press and hold down Num Lock key
2. While holding down Num Lock key, also
press down Minus key ( - ) for one second
3. Release minus key and within one second,
release Num Lock key
NOTE 2: You can change this hotkey to [ctrl]
[ctrl].
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If the KVM did not enter Hotkey mode, repeat
the above procedure keeping in mind that this
procedure must be done quickly and in the
time-frame indicated.
The KVM will now enter Hotkey mode, and
the Caps Lock and Scroll Lock LEDs flash in
succession to indicate this. On PC-Compatible
keyboards this LED is usually located on top
right-hand corner.
PC keyboard
Num Lock
Minus
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To Invoke Hotkey Mode (Mac Keyboard):
The KVM will now enter Hotkey mode; indicated
by blinking of the Caps Locks LED. On some
Mac keyboards, this LED is on the Caps Lock
key itself.
1. Press and hold Clear key for two seconds
2. Press and hold Minus key [ – ] key for one
second
If the KVM did not enter Hotkey mode, repeat
the above procedure keeping in mind that this
procedure must be done quickly and in the
time-frame indicated.
3. Release Minus key [ – ] and within one
second also release Clear key
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Mac keyboard
Clear
Minus
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NOTE:
If using the Num Lock and Minus key to invoke
Hotkey function is not optimal, refer to the next
page for instructions on changing the hotkey
invocation keys.
Switching Ports
When Hotkey Mode is active, ordinary keyboard
and mouse functions are suspended – only
Hotkey compliant keystrokes can be input. At
the conclusion of some hotkey operations, you
automatically exit Hotkey mode. With some
operations, you must exit manually by pressing
the Esc or Spacebar on your keyboard.
2. Press and release the computer’s port
number (1 or 2)
You may also switch ports on the KVM by doing
the following:
1. Invoke Hotkey Mode
3. Press [Enter]
The KVM focus switches to the specified port
and automatically exits Hotkey mode
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Auto Scan Mode
Alternate Hotkey Invocation Keys
You may also switch ports on the KVM by doing
the following:
In case the default Hotkey Mode invocation keys
(Num Lock and Minus) are not optimal in your
setup, you may change them to Ctrl and F12,
respectively.
1. Invoke Hotkey Mode
2. Press and release the [A] key
To switch the Hotkey Invocation Keys, do the
following:
Once scanning begins, it continues until you
press the [Esc] or [Spacebar] to exit.
1. Invoke Hotkey Mode
2. Press and release H
NOTE: While Auto Scan mode is in effect,
ordinary keyboard and mouse functions are
suspended.
3. This will change the Hotkey Invocation key
to Ctrl and F12 (instead of Num Lock and
Minus).
NOTE: This procedure is a toggle between the
two methods. To revert back to the original HSM
invocation keys, repeat the above procedure.
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Alternate Port Switching Keys
The port switching key will now be the Ctrl key.
To switch between computers, simply tap the
Ctrl key twice: [Ctrl], [Ctrl]
The port switching keys can be changed from
tapping Scroll Lock key twice, to tapping Ctrl
key twice.
NOTE: This procedure is a toggle between the
two methods. To revert back to the original port
switching keys, repeat the above
procedure.
If you have a MAC keyboard (or a keyboard that
does not have Scroll Lock key), change the port
switching keys by doing the following:
1. Invoke Hotkey Mode
Restore Defaults
2. Press and release T
To restore the GCS632U to its factory default
settings, do the following:
1. Invoke Hotkey Mode
2. Press and release [R] key.
3. Press [Enter]
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The GCS632U’s factory default settings are as
follows:
Hotkey Invocation
[Num Lock] [ - ]
Port Switching
[Scroll Lock] [Scroll Lock]
Keyboard Platform
[Auto]
Keyboard Language
[English]
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Multi Platform (Mac, Sun, Win) and Multi
Language Setup
Operation
Keyboard
Platform
The default port settings are for a Windows
Compatible operating platform, and US English
keyboard language code (Refer to the previous
section).
Using a PC keyboard to control a
Window based PC
Auto
Using a Mac keyboard to control
a Mac
Auto
Some multi platform operations require you to
change the Keyboard platform in order to fully
support all the functions under that particular
platform. Once the appropriate Keyboard
Platform is set, such as Mac or Sun, you will be
able to use all the special keys on these special
platform keyboards (Mac and Sun).
Using a Sun keyboard to control a
Solaris based Sun
Auto
Using a PC keyboard to control
a Mac
Mac
Using a PC keyboard to control a
Solaris based Sun
Sun
Following is a matrix table showing the required
Keyboard Platform under various multi platform
operations:
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Keyboard Operating Platform
1. Bring the KVM focus to the desired port
The GCS632U default configuration is for a PCCompatible keyboard operating platform.
2. Invoke Hotkey Mode
3. Press and release the appropriate function
key (see table):
To change the keyboard operating platform, do
the following:
Keyboard Language
Function Key
Operation
Language
Code
[F2]
Sets the MAC keyboard operating
platform
US English
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French
08
Japanese
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[F3]
Sets the Sun keyboard operating
platform
[F10]
Auto detects the keyboard
operating platform (PC Compatible systems only)
After completing a setting, you automatically exit
Hotkey Mode.
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Using a PC keyboard to emulate a Sun
Keyboard
After you set up the appropriate Keyboard
Platform, you will be able to use a PC (101/104)
key keyboard to emulate the functions of the
Sun keyboard when the Control key [Ctrl] is
used in conjunction with other keys. The
corresponding functions are shown in the table
to the right.
NOTE: When using [Ctrl] combinations, press
and release the [Ctrl] key, then press and release
the activation key.
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Windows Keyboard
Sun Keyboard
Windows Keyboard
Sun Keyboard
[Ctrl] [T]
Stop
[Ctrl] [F9]
Find
[Ctrl] [F2]
Again
[Ctrl] [F10]
Cut
[Ctrl] [F3]
Props
[Ctrl] [1]
[Ctrl] [F4]
Undo
[Ctrl] [2]
[Ctrl] [F5]
Front
[Ctrl] [3]
[Ctrl] [F6]
Copy
[Ctrl] [4]
[Ctrl] [F7]
Open
[Ctrl] [H]
[Ctrl] [F8]
Paste
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Help
Using a PC keyboard to emulate a Mac
Keyboard
After you set up the appropriate Keyboard
Platform, you will be able to use a PC (101/104)
key keyboard to emulate the functions of the
Mac keyboard. The corresponding functions are
shown in the table to the right.
NOTE: When using key combinations, press and
release the first key [Ctrl] or [Alt]), then press and
release the activation key.
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Windows Keyboard
Mac Keyboard
PC Keyboard
Mac Keyboard
[Shift]
Shift
[Alt]
L Alt/Option
[Control]
Ctrl
[Prt_Sc]
F13
[Win]
[Scroll Lock]
F14
[Ctrl] [1]
[Desktop Menu]
=
[Ctrl] [2]
[Enter]
Return
[Ctrl] [3]
[Ins]
Help
[Ctrl] [4]
[Ctrl] [Win]
F 15
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List Hotkey Settings
USB Reset
To see a list of the current hotkey settings, do
the following:
If the USB loses focus and needs to be reset,
do the following:
1. Open a text editor (such as Notepad,
Textedit, or Word)
1. Invoke Hotkey Mode
2. Press and release F5 function key
2. Invoke Hotkey Mode
3. Press F4 to ‘paste’ the KVM configuration on
your text editor
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Appendix
LED Display Table
Activity
Indication
Off
Port is not selected
On (Steady)
Port is connected to an active computer
Flashing (On and Off Equal)
Port is connected to an active computer and is being accessed in Auto Scan
Mode
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Specification
Function
Specification
Computer Connection
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Port Selection
Hot Keys
LEDs
Selected
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Console
Connectors
Keyboard
1 x Type A USB port
Mouse
1 x Type A USB port
Video
1 x HDB-15 female
Audio
1 x Stereo earphone jack
Keyboard & Mouse
1 x Type A USB plug
Video
1 x HDB-15 male
Audio
1 x Stereo earphone plug
KVM Cable
Connectors
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Function
Specification
Scan Interval
5 Seconds (Default)
Operating Temperature
0 - 50° C
Storage Temperature
-20 - 60° C
Humidity
0 - 80% RH Noncondensing
Housing
Plastic
Weight
0.38 kg
Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.1 x 6.9 x 2.6 cm
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Technical Support
If you need technical support, please check out our IOGEAR Tech Info Library (T.I.L.) at
www.iogear.com/support for the latest tips, tricks, and troubleshooting. The IOGEAR T.I.L. was designed
to provide you with the latest technical information about our products. Most of the answers to your
questions can be found here, so please try it out before contacting technical support.
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Radio & TV Interference Statement
WARNING!!! This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause interference to radio communications.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B computing device
pursuant to Subpart J of Part 15 of FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection
against such interference when operated in a commercial environment. Operation of this equipment in a
residential area is likely to cause interference, in which case the user at his own expense will be required to
take whatever measures may be required to correct the interference.
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Important Product Information
Product Model
Serial Number
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant
to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential setting. This product generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used as directed, it may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
Although this product complies with the limits for a Class B digital device, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
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CE Compliance
This device has been tested and found to comply with the following European Union directives: Electromagnetic Capability (89/336/EMC), Low Voltage (73/23/EEC) and R&TTED (1999/5/EC).
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