KVM Switches

What is a KVM Switch?


A KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switch or sometimes referred to as a server switch or CPU switch is a hardware device that enables a user or multiple user’s reliable access to control a number of computers using a single keyboard, monitor (video display) and mouse.


How does a KVM Switch work?


A KVM switch pushes multiple video and peripheral signals and produces a single output to a single keyboard, video or mouse, allowing for quick access to several computers and data sources.


Some KVM switches allow users to alternate audio and USB devices between computers and many are designed for connections of up to thousands of users and servers controlled from a single console.


When are KVM Switches used?


Control multiple computers: KVM switches are commonly used in environments when you need to control multiple computers like in a data centre. With a single switch, the administrator can alternate access from one computer to another.


Multi-user computer control: by using a KVM Matrix switch, multiple users can control one to many shared computers, enabling cross-functional access to data.


Control of Multiple Operating Systems: KVM switches enable users to switch across multiple operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux


What are the different types of KVM Switches?


DisplayPort KVM switch: are becoming increasingly popular as video display manufacturers are moving away from DVI-I and VGA. DisplayPort KVM switches are beneficial for peripheral sharing. This setup allows users to share many USB peripherals across all computers.


DVI KVM switch: used with DVI compatible monitor(s). These are intended to deliver reliable digital video capabilities, providing a better solutions by overcoming resolution limitation of VGA formats. The switches can work with either single or dual link DVI-D or DVI-I and can also offer reverse compatibility. This can be useful for those users who need to work with high-performance workstations.


HDMI KVM switch: this is an ideal switch for those looking for HDMI signal switching that does not affect video quality. The HDMI KVM switches are known for quick switching without interruptions. They are commonly used in broadcasting, medical imaging, home and commercial theatres and digital signage.


USB KVM Switch – A common type of switch that uses USB cables for keyboard video & mouse connections, some models will also work with PS/2 connectivity and allows for audio sharing and wireless connectivity.


KVM-over-IP switch: these types of switches give user’s access or monitor multiple PCs and servers in a dedicated network, LAN or even over a WAN from anywhere with IP remote access. KVM/IP Switch are mostly found in medium or large data centres who need multiple users to monitor several computers or servers.


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Description Price Number of Ports Number of Displays Supported Number of Video Outputs Video Connection Type Keyboard/Mouse Connection Type Audio Connection Type Dimensions Maximum Resolution Depth Height Width
RS Stock No. 778-6391
Mfr. Part No.DKVM-4U
BrandD-Link
$172.82
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4 1 - VGA USB - 105 x 178 x 30.5mm 2048 x 1536 178mm 30.5mm 105mm
RS Stock No. 898-8352
Mfr. Part No.SV211USB
BrandStartech
$92.88
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2 1 - VGA USB No Audio 88 x 66 x 23mm 2048 x 1536 66mm 23mm 88mm
RS Stock No. 898-8374
Mfr. Part No.SV231DPDDUA
BrandStartech
$591.64
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2 2 2 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 161 x 100 x 57.5mm 2560 x 1600 100mm 57.5mm 161mm
RS Stock No. 898-8333
Mfr. Part No.SV211KUSB
BrandStartech
$89.81
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2 1 1 VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 96 x 60 x 20mm 2048 x 1536 60mm 20mm 96mm
RS Stock No. 122-1407
Mfr. Part No.F1DD104Lea
BrandBelkin
$481.70
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4 1 - DVI PS/2, USB 3.5 mm Stereo 327 x 140 x 49mm 1920 x 1200 140mm 49mm 327mm
RS Stock No. 898-8355
Mfr. Part No.SV215MICUSBA
BrandStartech
$106.18
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2 1 1 VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 810 x 690 x 260mm 2048 x 1536 690mm 260mm 810mm
RS Stock No. 898-8346
Mfr. Part No.SV231USBGB
BrandStartech
$164.56
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2 1 - VGA USB No Audio 124 x 70 x 40mm 1920 x 1440 70mm 40mm 124mm
RS Stock No. 122-1415
Mfr. Part No.F1DF102U
BrandBelkin
$80.18
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2 1 - VGA USB - 101.6 x 93.98 x 25.4mm 2048 x 1536 93.98mm 25.4mm 101.6mm
RS Stock No. 123-8081
Mfr. Part No.SV231HDMIUA
BrandStartech
$365.14
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2 1 1 HDMI USB HDMI 124.8 x 70 x 40mm 1920 x 1200 70mm 40mm 124.8mm
RS Stock No. 898-8343
Mfr. Part No.SV411KUSB
BrandStartech
$163.06
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2 1 1 VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 95 x 61 x 25mm 2048 x 1536 61mm 25mm 95mm
RS Stock No. 123-8078
Mfr. Part No.SV211HDUA
BrandStartech
$204.18
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2 1 1 HDMI USB HDMI, 3.5mm Stereo 66 x 88 x 23mm 1920 x 1200 88mm 23mm 66mm
RS Stock No. 123-8080
Mfr. Part No.SV231DPU2
BrandStartech
$200.23
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2 1 1 DisplayPort USB No Audio 82 x 177 x 25mm 3840 x 2160 177mm 25mm 82mm
RS Stock No. 123-8067
Mfr. Part No.NOTECONS02X
BrandStartech
$1,233.77
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1 1 1 VGA USB No Audio 88 x 115 x 22mm 1920 x 1200 115mm 22mm 88mm
RS Stock No. 123-8084
Mfr. Part No.SV431DVIUAGB
BrandStartech
$430.18
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4 1 1 DVI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 253 x 115 x 45mm 2560 x 1600 115mm 45mm 253mm
RS Stock No. 898-8387
Mfr. Part No.SV831DUSBGB
BrandStartech
$681.95
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8 1 1 VGA USB No Audio 438 x 180 x 45mm 1920 x 1440 180mm 45mm 438mm
RS Stock No. 123-8068
Mfr. Part No.SV231DVGAU2A
BrandStartech
$388.69
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2 2 2 VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 104 x 130 x 57mm 1920 x 1200 130mm 57mm 104mm
RS Stock No. 123-8065
Mfr. Part No.NOTECONS01
BrandStartech
$865.33
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1 1 1 VGA USB No Audio 74 x 115 x 15mm 1920 x 1200 115mm 15mm 74mm
RS Stock No. 123-8079
Mfr. Part No.SV211KDVIGB
BrandStartech
$254.18
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2 1 1 DVI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 154 x 65.5 x 27mm 1920 x 1200 65.5mm 27mm 154mm
RS Stock No. 123-8069
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPUA
BrandStartech
$528.84
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4 1 1 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220.7 x 130.6 x 44mm 2560 x 1600 130.6mm 44mm 220.7mm
RS Stock No. 898-8365
Mfr. Part No.SV431DDVDUA
BrandStartech
$634.21
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4 2 2 DVI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220 x 130 x 60mm 1920 x 1440 130mm 60mm 220mm
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