VGA Monitor Manual Switch Box, 2-port

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Sewell Part # SW-4495

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Overview

Use this switch to select between two VGA monitors while using one source (such as a computer) or select between two sources to share one VGA monitor.

The switch box is made with attractive heavy-duty steel and features a built-in manual switch on the face. If you are looking for a simple solution, it doesn't get much more simple than this.

Specifications

Mfg. Part Number

  • PS/15-AB

Brand

  • PI Manufacturing

Ports

  • 1 x 15-pin VGA I/O port (input/output designed for either a monitor or a VGA source)
  • 2 x 15-pin VGA A and B ports (designed for switching between monitors or sources)

Switching

  • Manual front panel dial

Contents

  • VGA switch only

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Question:

I have a Sony TV with VGA input that my cable box is conected to. I also have an XBox-360 with VGA cable that I need to conect to my TV but obviously I can't cause the Cable box is there already, now my question is, Would this switch box let me switch from TV/Cable to XBox-360 without loosing any type of resolution or image?


Answer:

Yes this box would allow you to switch between the different video sources without having to switch the cables. This box just passively passes the signal through to your TV and will not cause you to lose any resolution or quality of image.

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Being merely labeled VGA instead of SVGA, I want to make sure this will do the job. I have a Samsung 245bw which I currently use at its maximum resolution of 1920x1200 using the analog cable which came in the box, a 6-foot male-to-male D-sub with 15 pins, which I therefore assume is an SVGA cable. So I would GUESS that buying two of your SW-2403-6 SVGA cables plus this switch, I will be able to switch the display between my two computers, one with a Matrox-G550 and the other an NVS-285. Since either of these cards delivers a perfectly crisp display with the 6-foot cable, I am guessing that tacking another 6 feet on by using a 6-foot cable from the 245bw to the switch will still look good. It does not seem that you or anyone sells say a two-foot cable, to go from the monitor to the switch, which is all I really would need, from which I tend to infer that 12 feet of length must not be a practical problem. But anyway what really confused me was that the switch is labeled VGA, although by reading the Wikipedia articles it seems that the CABLE is absolutely identical for VGA and SVGA, therefore the switch must be up to this job, BUT THEN why isn't the SWITCH labeled VGA/SVGA ?


Answer:

Technically VGA and SVGA describe the supported resolutions, not the cables or connectors. VGA supported 640 X 480, when SVGA (800 x 600) was released, many devices and cables updated to show support. Then they started releasing a lot of variations using the same connector XGA SXGA, WSXGA, UXGA etc. The cables are still compatible with all resolutions, but all of the variations got confusing. VGA (and SVGA) became commonly used as an all inclusive reference to the cable/connectors rather than the exact resolution. So a VGA switch and an SVGA cable will be fully compatible with your WUXGA Samsung monitor. If you do use a passive switch like this, you will want to ensure that you turn off the computers and monitors before switching. If you want to do "hot" switching, without powering down your devices, you should consider an electronic switch or a KVM

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Question:

I would like to be able to switch output from a monitor to a projector. Can I use this switch to do so? Also, if I am able to use it do I have to shut down the computer each time I switch?


Answer:

As long as both the monitor and projector have VGA inputs, this will work fine for you. It is a manual switch, meaning it works, in effect, the same as simply unplugging one cable and plugging in another. You may need to adjust the resolution on your computer if the two outputs (the monitor and projector) use different resolutions, but you should not need to restart to do this.

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