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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RS Stock No. 123-8086
Mfr. Part No.SV841HDIEGB
BrandStartech
$1,566.18
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8 1 1 VGA PS/2 No Audio 404 x 224.5 x 43.2mm 1920 x 1440 224.5mm 43.2mm 404mm
RS Stock No. 123-8077
Mfr. Part No.SV211DPUA
BrandStartech
$204.18
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2 1 1 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 66 x 88 x 23mm 2560 x 1900 88mm 23mm 66mm
RS Stock No. 122-1405
Mfr. Part No.F1DS104Lea
BrandBelkin
$312.80
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4 1 - VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 327 x 140 x 49mm 2048 x 1536 140mm 49mm 327mm
RS Stock No. 179-8057
Mfr. Part No.SV231DPDDUA2
BrandStartech
$815.08
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2 2 2 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 161 x 100 x 57.5mm 3840 x 2160 100mm 57.5mm 161mm
RS Stock No. 144-9079
Mfr. Part No.CS1744
BrandAten
$377.86
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4 - - VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 270 x 88 x 55.5mm 2048 x 1536 88mm 55.5mm 270mm
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Mfr. Part No.F1DN104Uea
BrandBelkin
$476.30
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4 1 - VGA USB - 279.4 x 149.86 x 45.72mm 1920 x 1440 149.86mm 45.72mm 279.4mm
RS Stock No. 179-8050
Mfr. Part No.SV431HDU3A2
BrandStartech
$874.01
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4 1 1 HDMI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220 x 130 x 43mm 1920 x 1080 130mm 43mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 179-8053
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPU3A2
BrandStartech
$980.35
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4 1 1 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220 x 130 x 43mm 3840 x 2160 130mm 43mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 144-9075
Mfr. Part No.CL1000M-ATA-EE
BrandAten
$1,412.99
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1 - - VGA USB - 480 x 538.3 x 44mm 1920 x 1200 480mm 44mm 538.3mm
RS Stock No. 144-9071
Mfr. Part No.CS1732B
BrandAten
$176.62
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2 - - VGA PS/2, USB 3.5 mm Stereo 139.8 x 88 x 55.5mm 2048 x 1536 88mm 55.5mm 139.8mm
RS Stock No. 179-8052
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPUA2
BrandStartech
$940.48
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4 1 1 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220 x 131 x 45mm 3840 x 2160 131mm 45mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 144-9073
Mfr. Part No.CS1734B
BrandAten
$304.92
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4 - - VGA PS/2, USB 3.5 mm Stereo 210 x 88 x 55.5mm 2048 x 1536 88mm 55.5mm 210mm
RS Stock No. 898-8380
Mfr. Part No.SV1631DUSBUK
BrandStartech
$1,444.28
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16 1 1 VGA USB No Audio 440 x 190 x 45mm 1920 x 1440 190mm 45mm 440mm
RS Stock No. 179-8051
Mfr. Part No.SV431DVIUAQV
BrandStartech
$5,215.95
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4 2 4 DVI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 438 x 200 x 44mm 1920 x 1200 200mm 44mm 438mm
RS Stock No. 179-8055
Mfr. Part No.SV231MDPU2
BrandStartech
$236.70
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