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Buyer`s Guide - Windows IT Pro
BUYER’S GUIDE
KVM
Switches
ILLUSTRATION BY DANIEL GUIDERA
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eyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switches are a necessary accessory for server rooms,
lab environments, Help desks, and any place multiple computers exist and space is
limited. Antiquated manual switches have given way to intelligent devices, which
boast new features that increase reliability and productivity.
Keyboard and mouse emulation—–a must-have feature
for most environments—–ensures that all connected devices can boot without the errors that an unplugged keyboard or mouse usually generate. Basic KVM switches
consist of one master keyboard, a video and mouse port,
and two or more sets of ports that let you switch between
systems. Typically, you switch by pressing a button on the
switchbox or a hot-key sequence on the keyboard. Additional valuable features are onscreen display, scanning, concurrent multiple-user access, multiplatform CPU
support, and audio switching. Some KVM switches use
Category 5 UTP cabling and consist of a master console,
transmitters, and receivers to transmit KVM signals for
remote control capabilities. Each controlled system still
requires KVM cables that run from the back of the system
to the console or transmitter. If you don’t want to manage
a lot of cables, you can choose a box-free solution that
uses an internal PCI card and one cable for each controlled
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system. Another feature you might want to consider is
the KVM switch’s ability to pass a high-resolution video
signal without signal degradation.
With so many KVM choices available, you can narrow
your options by deciding how many devices you need to
switch among, how many concurrent users you need to
connect (and the distance of those users from the main
console), and the maximum video resolution you’ll use.
Most devices employ programmable hot keys for switching, but make sure that the device you select has at least
one key sequence that doesn’t conflict with another function in your organization. If you need to support many
systems, you’ll most likely need to cascade multiple KVM
switches. In that case, look at how clean the cascading process is for both implementation and operation. In addition
to the device’s features, you need to consider form factor,
cable quality, and ease of use.
—–Ed Roth
AUGUST 2000
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KVM
Switches
BUYER’S GUIDE
Compiled by Sue Cooper
Contact Information
Product Name
Price
Description
APC • 800-788-2208
http://www.apc.com/
AP9258
$1064
Apex • 425-497-5404
http://www.apex.com/
40DX
$299
180DX
$879
140ES
$839
180ES
280ES
1160ES
$995
$1295
$1695
2160ES
$2195
CS-428
$1579
CS-1004
$479
CS-1008
$949
CS-1016
$1579
Belkin • 800-223-5546
http:// www.belkin.com/
F1D208-OSD
$1000
CompuCable
Manufacturing Group
800-344-6921
http://www.compucable.com/
KVM-201LT
KVM-401LT
$86
$139
KVM-401PR-OSD
KVM-801PR-OSD
$250
$370
KVM-XT
$300
AutoView 200
$1295
AutoView 400
$1495
Eight-port switch; hot-pluggable operation; can control as many as
64 PCs; advanced security for total control over system access;
offers a 2-year comprehensive warranty
Four-port push-button OutLook console switch; supports multiple
platforms; supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
Eight-port OutLook console switch with On Screen Configuration and
Activity Reporting (OSCAR) menu system; controls as many as 64 PCs;
supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
Four-port OutLook console switch with OSCAR GUI; can control as
many as 64 PCs; supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
Eight-port OutLook console switches with OSCAR GUI; can control as
many as 128 PCs; supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
Sixteen-port OutLook console switch with OSCAR GUI; can control as
many as 256 PCs; supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
Dual-user 16-port OutLook console switch with OSCAR GUI; can control
as many as 256 PCs; supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
Lets four users share eight PCs; provides built-in onscreen
display and full multimedia sharing; supports 1920 × 1440
video resolution
Can control as many as 128 PCs; provides onscreen display and audio
support; uses custom-built cables; no software required
Eight-port switch can control as many as 256 PCs; provides onscreen
display and audio support; uses custom-built cables; no software
required
Sixteen-port switch can control as many as 512 PCs; provides
onscreen display and audio support; uses custom-built cables; no
software required
OmniView Matrix 2 × 8 switch lets two users simultaneously
access eight servers from two sets of keyboards, monitors, and
mouse devices; supports 1600 × 1200 resolution; has an onscreen
menu system
The KVM-201LT lets you control two PCs; the KVM-401LT lets you
control as many as four PCs; both support 1920 × 1440 video
resolution; both feature automatic scanning mode, hot-key
controls, and a compact enclosure
The KVM-401PR-OSD lets you control as many as four PCs; the
KVM-801PR-OSD lets you control as many as eight PCs; both include
keyboard and mouse emulation, onscreen display, hot-key switching,
and auto scanning; both support 1600 × 1200 video resolution
Uses conventional Cat 5 network cables that can extend as far
as 500'
Rack-mountable 2 × 8 matrix switch lets two users independently
access eight attached servers simultaneously (the second user can be
as much as 500' away); controls as many as 64 servers; features
extensive mouse support
Rack-mountable dual-user switch supports multiple platforms;
supports a simultaneous user as much as 500' away
ATEN Technology
949-250-1260
http://www.aten-usa.com/
Cybex Computer Products
800-932-9239
http://www.cybex.com/
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Product Name
Price
Description
Cybex Computer Products
continued
Key-View II
$5995
Controls servers by using either a modem, the Internet, or a network
connection; provides access to all levels of control, from CMOS
settings to power-cycling servers
SwitchView OSD
$549
Eight-port switch lets you use one set of peripherals to control all your
servers; features onscreen display and multilevel security
XP series
Call vendor Multiuser, multiplatform switch gives you access to any server or
for pricing user; expands for multiple users and thousands of servers
1016-02
1016-04
$129
$199
The 1016-02 two-port switch and the 1016-04 four-port switch
support 1600 × 1280 video resolution, hot-key commands,
and a mix of AT and serial and PS/2-style PCs
1035-01
1035-21
$695
$795
Both models extend any KVM as far as 1000' through one Cat 5
cable; support PS/2-style and wheel mouse devices; offer optional
serial support; provide full keyboard and mouse emulation; offer a
1-year warranty
IOGEAR • 949-250-1260
http://www.iogear.com/
G-CS138
$499
Can control as many as 302 PCs; features built-in AutoScan mode
and onscreen display; supports 1920 × 1440 video resolution
Linksys • 800-546-5797
http://www.linksys.com/
KVM100SK
$89
Lets you connect two PCs with PS/2-style mouse devices and
keyboards or connect a PC with PS/2-style mouse and keyboard with a
PC using an AT keyboard and serial mouse; includes adapters; supports 1920 × 1440 video resolution; offers a 1-year limited warranty
PS2KVM2
PS2KVM4
$49
$85
The PS2KVM2 lets you control two PCs and the PS2KVM4 lets you
control as many as four PCs; both models run with most PS/2-style
and Windows 95 keyboards, are compatible with most PS/2-style
mouse devices, support 1920 × 1440 video resolution, and offer a
1-year warranty
PS2KVMSK
$69
Lets you toggle between two PS/2-style PCs while using one monitor,
PS/2-style keyboard, and PS/2-style mouse; lets you use your notebook PC to control the PCs from your monitor, keyboard, and mouse
SVIEW02
SVIEW04
$109
$129
Both models let you control multiple PCs; are compatible with most
PS/2-style mouse devices; support 1920 × 1440 video resolution; run
with most PS/2-style and Win95 keyboards; offer a 1-year warranty
SVIEW08
$339
Lets you control eight PCs; runs with all standard AT, PS/2-style, and
Win9x keyboards; compatible with all major serial AT and PS/2-style
mouse devices; offers a 1-year limited warranty
Minicom Advanced Systems
Duet UTP
888-486-2154
http://www.minicomusa.com/
$495
Lets you access CPUs from switches at distances of as much
as 850' using a Cat 5 cable; supports PS/2-style and AT keyboards;
works with KVM switches as well as PCs
Supervisor PHANTOM $699
Starter Kit
Box-free, cable-free switch supports 32 remotes at distances of as
much as 360'; no software to install; PCI card fits in any open slot;
controls four servers through onscreen display
Supervisor PRO 4
Supervisor PRO 8
Supervisor PRO 16
Supervisor PRO 4 lets two users access as many as four PCs;
Supervisor PRO 8 lets two users access as many as eight PCs;
Supervisor PRO 16 lets two users access 16 PCs; all models offer
PS/2-style and AT keyboard support
Dakota Computer Solutions
847-816-1337
http://www.dakota-us.com/
$495
$595
$1195
Video Splitter UTP and $189
USPR remote unit
Splits standard SVGA signals to as many as four locations through
one Cat 5 cable; uses the USPR remote unit for each remote monitor
at distances of as much as 360'
KVM
Switches
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Contact Information
Product Name
Minicom Advanced Systems
continued
Video Splitter UTP and $259
USPRL remote unit
NTI • 800-742-8324
http://www.nti1.com/
Raritan Computer
800-724-8090
http://www.raritan.com/
Video Splitter UTP
4-port and USP4
remote unit
Video Splitter UTP
2-port and USP2
remote unit
Supervisor MU 2 × 4
Supervisor MU 4 × 4
Supervisor MU 2 × 8
Supervisor MU 4 × 8
$299
KEEMUX-P2U
Modular ST-nXm
Matrix switch
$280 to
$4370
$1620 to
$19,445
Universal ST-nU
Multiplatform switch
Universal ST-nXmU
Matrix switch
$315 to
$4360
$2700 to
$4330
Cat5 Reach
$545 to
$585
CompuSwitch
$320 to
$695
$695 to
$1595
$2895 to
$8995
MasterConsole II
MasterConsole MX4
StarTech.com
800-265-1844
http://www.startech.com/
Price
Description
Splits standard SVGA signals to as many as four locations through
one Cat 5 cable; uses the USPRL remote unit for each remote monitor
at distances of as much as 850'
Splits standard SVGA signals to as many as four locations through one
Cat 5 cable; requires the USP4 remote unit for each remote monitor
$239
Splits standard SVGA signals to as many as four locations through
one Cat 5 cable
$895
$1195
$1195
$1295
The Supervisor MU 2 × 4 lets two users simultaneously access as
many as four PCs; the Supervisor MU 4 × 4 lets four users simultaneously access as many as four PCs; the Supervisor MU 2 × 8
lets two users simultaneously access as many as eight PCs; the
Supervisor MU 4 × 8 lets four users simultaneously access as many
as eight PCs; all models offer PS/2-style and AT keyboard support
Lets you control as many as 16 PS/2-compatible CPUs; supports
1900 × 1200 video resolution with no signal degradation
Lets eight users control as many as 32 (or 512 with expansion) PC,
Sun, and Macintosh CPUs; supports true autoboot KVM switching
for USB; supports 1900 × 1200 video resolution with no signal
degradation; OSD user interface (UI) provides password security and
dual-redundant power
Controls as many as 128 PC, Sun, and Mac CPUs; supports
1900 × 1200 video resolution with no signal degradation
Lets four users control 32 (or 512 with expansion) PC, Sun, and
Mac CPUs; supports 1900 × 1200 video resolution with no signal
degradation; lets you use adapter cables to change platforms
Paragon
$9000 to
$20,000
SwitchMan
SV821E
$169 to
$249
$539
SV4X8E
$1425
SV1621EM
$749
Lets you extend PCs as much as 650' using Cat 5 UTP cable; lets
a local user console connect to the transmitter as well as to the
remote user console
Multiplatform switch that can control as many as eight PCs;
expandable to control as many as 64 PCs from one console
Multiplatform switch that lets you control as many as 256 PCs
from one console with onscreen UI; rack-mountable
Multiplatform switch that lets four users simultaneously access and
operate as many as 256 PCs; has an onscreen UI and multilevel
security features; rack-mountable
Modular, scalable server-management system lets eight users
simultaneously access and control 32 PCs; expandable to 2048 PCs
at distances of as much as 1000' using Cat 5 UTP cable
Desktop switch that lets you control as many as four PCs from
one console
Eight-port enterprise switch with expandability for control of
as many as 64 PCs; features onscreen display; supports
1600 × 1280 video resolution
Lets you control as many as eight PCs from four independent user
consoles; features onscreen display; supports AT and PS/2-style
keyboard and mouse devices
Sixteen-port switch with expandability to control 128 PCs; features
onscreen display; supports 1600 × 1280 video resolution
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