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Great switch unless you own a Wii U
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2015
I have edited this post as I found a solution to my issue. See the end for details;
There are very few 8 to 1 HDMI switches out there. This (GHSW8181) is my third one, and by far the best. The quality seems fine, and the remote is easy to use and works at odd angles.
I rate at 3 stars because of an issue I am having with the unit. The Power On Detection allows the switch to automatically switch to devices when they are turned on. That sounds convenient, but when your Nintendo Wii in sleep mode "wakes" up extremely briefly every few hours, the Power On Detection feature becomes nightmarish. On top of that, the Amazon Fire TV will install updates every now and then, and when it restarts, the switch auto-switches to it as well. The manual says it "might not work with some devices", but it appears to be working too well on this model.
Luckily the manual states that by using an RS-232 cable you can program the device and turn the feature on or off. Being and IT administrator, that sounded like an easy task. Problem is that I could not get the command "pod off" to work. It kept coming back as an invalid command. To test my connection I tried other commands, such as "sw i03", and the device switched to port 3 as expected. "sw +" and "sw -" also worked, and incremented/decremented the port as expected. I attached my terminal output for reference.
I searched online for updated firmware and found nothing. Live chatting with IOGear online support for 30 minutes about the faulty command resulted in the response "This is really out of our line of support because you're dealing with Serial Port. If these commands are not working but others are it can be an issue with your system. Sorry but I can't offer any other support with this issue". Thinking it was a problem with my particular unit, I returned it as defective to Amazon and received a replacement, but the replacement had the exact same problem.
Needless to say, I will be searching for device #4 as this one does not meet my expectations, but as long as the Power On Detection feature is fine with you, then it is a very nice unit.
Reading through other reviews, I found that the chip inside this think is an ATEN ship. Going to ATEN's website, I found the manual for their VS0801H model. In that manual, it states that the command to turn off auto switching is "swmode default". That command miraculously works on this model, and has the intended result that "pod off" was supposed to have.
Upping my review from 3 to 4 stars, however I strongly recommend IOGear updates their user manual. I will be chatting this to their online support team tomorrow.