KVM Switch: Reduce Investment in Peripherals by Using a KVM Set
Multiple computers may be controlled with a single set of peripheral devices. This is possible using a KVM Switch. Saving space and ensuring better management of cables, these switches are a boon in places where there is a shortage of space. Supporting multiple platforms like SUN, IBM, HP, Dell, Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000, UNIX and MAC, these switches allow the network personnel to access, control & manage the company’s servers even when the corporate network is non-functional. They are vital in improving productivity & overall server management by allowing Out-Of-Band access to the company’s servers and IT devices. Available in many shapes, sizes and designs, these devices support both USB as well as PS2 peripheral devices.
The switch supporting PS2 devices is known as a PS2 KVM Switch. These switches come in 2, 4, 8 and 16 port versions. Being hot pluggable, these units allow control to be switched between systems via hot keys, on screen display as well as push buttons in front of the unit. Some models are also available with optional audio and include the ability to switch audio from each PC that is connected and transmit the sound to a set of peripheral speakers. Available in rack mount versions, the Dual Video PS2 Switch help to control multiple computers with dual video connections. With advanced technology, the newer versions of these switches have the benefit of increased distance between the computers and peripherals by using Cat5 cables for the connections.
A Switch which secures connections via category cables is known as a CAT5 KVM Switch. It allows access to servers up to 40 meters. Typically, you can connect from 2 to 32 computers, but by daisy chaining these switches access can be increased up to 256 Servers. Providing VGA video resolution up to 1600 x 1200, the KVM over Cat5 switch is available in 16 or 32 port configurations in 1U of rack mount space. Main features of this device are: multi lingual on screen display menu (OSD), advanced user profiles and configurable OSD hot key combinations, dual power with fail over, 12, 24 and 48 volt DC power options.
In situations where multiple computers are involved, a KVM Switch may be used since it frees valuable physical space and decreases demand/consumption of power.
View some other useful types of kvm switches- DVI KVM Switch, IP KVM Switch, 2 port KVM Switch
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