The Screen Keeper is a personal, automated, computer privacy system, which blanks and locks your computer screen when you are away from your system. While most other system systems lock your computer based on the amount of time since the last activity, the Screen Keeper system is based on proximity. Walk away from your system and it will automatically blank the screen and lock out input. Come back and it automatically unlocks and restores your computer screen!
The Screen Keeper system comes with a dongle receiver, which plugs into your computer's USB port. A small, low-power RF transmitter can be attached to your clothing or put into your pocket. Whenever you are within a few meters of your system it will be active and you can use it normally. Whenever, the transmitter moves to 4-9 meters away, your screen is automatically blanked and the system locked to prevent tampering.
The distance at which the system is locked and blanked is adjustable over three ranges (short, middle, long). The software also allows you to let the monitor go into power-saving standby mode whenever you are away for the specified amount of time. The transmitter device will also go into power-saving standby mode whenever you are away for a while. To reset the device, simply turn it off, then back on and it will be ready to activate your system whenever you are within the appropriate range.
The single CR2025 battery in the transmitter device will last about a year, based on a standard 5-days/week, 8-hours/day work schedule. For best results, the receiver dongle should be placed on top of the desk, next to the keyboard, which may require the use of a USB extension cable.
Pros: Works as listed with different distances and a screen lock.
Cons: Requires software with minimal features. Devices causes the screen to flicker at times, more so when placed in a pocket rather than around the neck.
I would tentatively recommend to anyone looking to lock their screen for business reasons when they walk away. There are password prompts on startup and when the device is not in proximity to allow for forgetting the device at home. I do wish for an update that is plug and play without installed software.
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Rating: (5 out of 10)
Reviewer: Anonymous from Lloydminster, AB
6/4/2014 2:04:31 PM
Pros: Showed up in good time
Cons: No software
Why do we have to ask for the software? There's a link on the PID 8228 page, but it's broken. Please send me the software installation by email
by Monoprice Administrator Hello,
Thank you for your review. The drivers can be found on this link and you may access the link with the name "customer" and password "customer. Thank you!
Without software cannot even test it. The link on this page does not work. Where can I get the software? Please update the link rather than sending each user the software individually.
by Monoprice Administrator Hello Orhan,
This item should've came with a mini disc for the drivers, did you not receive in the package? Please let me know, thank you!
John Lingo Tech Support
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Rating: (1 out of 10)
Reviewer: Dharmesh Naik from Monroe Township, NJ
1/9/2014 7:29:25 PM
missing vital components
Pros: cool concept
Cons: missing the software to make it work
the directions state to download the manual and drivers off the ID page on monoprice.com- the manual is there but the link for the drivers is not where the "how to" video state and the link i did find under some other tab is no longer in service. now i read the reviews and a customer service agent responded back to someone that had the same exact issue that there should be a mini-disc that accompanies the item- but like the other consumer, i never got this disc
by Monoprice Administrator Hello Dharmesh,
Thank you for your review and my apologies for the issues you have experienced with PID 8228. A shame it was missing the required software. I've gone ahead and sent you an email with the necessary software with some instructions. Sorry again for the trouble and hope this helps!
Regards, Jonathan Arteaga Tech Support Associate ------------------------------------------------------------------
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Rating: (6 out of 10)
Reviewer: James from Dallas, TX
7/17/2013 1:03:19 PM
Pros: Inexpensive easy to install does function
Cons: Short range on transmitter distance adjustment
Using this on a Laptop.
Thought I would give this little unit a try here at corporate. The unit is easy to install. You will, however, need to pull down the software and manuals from here. They do not come with the package (nothing wrong with that, just advanced notice).
My PC (Windows 7 Pro) did require a reboot after initial install. So make sure everything is closed out.
The unit seems to work as advertised. When I walk away from the PC, it locks with its own little screen saver (blank screen with an orange lock symbol).
The biggest problem the unit has would be range limitation. Literally if the remote unit is further than 1.5 feet from the dongle, it locks the station. The manual that was downloaded from here talks about attaching a USB extension cable (NOT included), so that the remote can be closer to the user's seat, which I did, but the range is still quite short. As it was, the distance before I placed an extension cable on was about 2.5 feet. Basically I carry this in my pocket, and need to drop it on the desk next to the receiver when I sit down.
Second issue is the distance adjustment. There is none. What you have instead is a delayed timeout before locking. Default is three. Want to change the active distance? Then set for a longer delay time. Not really a distance sensitivity adjustment.
Finally, I run three 23" monitors. I use display fusion for the screen control. The program does not seem to have an issue with this device, except that the screen, when locked, blinks blank and back to the lock icon constantly. After 15 minutes, when the official station lock from the domain policy kicks in, the screen goes to the traditional Windows screen saver (not the Display Fusion screen saver). Although, I was not surprised on this. Display Fusion is kind of quirky that way.
In short, you get what you pay for. I think this could be a great little device if the range was better. Adding range control (instead of lock timeout delay) would be another good feature. I'd pay more for a better quality device. But hey, for $10 it's a toy.
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