KVM switch

(redirected from Desktop switch)

KVM switch

(1) See also KVM.

(2) (Keyboard Video Mouse switch) A device used to connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to two or more computers. KVM switches are deployed to control a group of servers, as well as to save desktop space when multiple computers are used by one user. Switches may have standard VGA, DVI, USB, mouse and keyboard sockets, while others use a custom combination cable that plugs into one socket on the switch.

KVM Over Longer Distances
To extend the distance up to several hundred feet between the user and computers, the keyboard, video and mouse plug into a "KVM extender," which is cabled to its counterpart unit at the computer. Some KVM switches support terminals at both ends of the connection, allowing local and remote access to all of the machines.

KVM devices can also control machines across the Internet or attached to the LAN. Software in the client PC converts keyboard, video and mouse signals into IP packets that are sent over the network. At the receiving end, the IP-based KVM switch is cabled to the computers. With an IP-to-KVM device, which converts IP packets to KVM signals, regular KVM switches can be used in an IP network.

KVM Switches and Cables
StarTech.com makes the StarView line of KVM switches. The KVM cables shown here combine keyboard, monitor and mouse cables into one for less clutter. These units control, four, eight and 16 computers.

References in periodicals archive ?
Tenders are invited for Lan Switch,8-Port 10/100 Desktop Switch Unmanaged Switch Make- Cisco/Zixel
5-Port Gigabit Unmanaged Metal Desktop Switch (DGS-105)
This slim, desktop switch features mounting holes on the bottom casing for securing unit in a fixed location.
IN ITS continuous effort to improve D-Link's energy-saving product range, the networking leader launched its second-generation 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (DGS-1005D), which provides up to 73 per cent reduced power consumption* without sacrificing network performance.
Networking solutions provider D-Link introduced on Wednesday (18 February) the DGS-1005D, the second-generation D-Link 5-Port gigabit desktop switch, which is claimed to provide up to 73% reduced power consumption without affecting network performance.
A pioneer in Token Ring switching technology, Madge is providing the first true desktop switch for Token Ring networks.
For wired connectivity, pick up the environmentally friendly 5-port Gigabit Desktop Switch (TL-SG105) at 29 percent off, increasing the speed of your existing network and backbone connections while reducing power consumption by up to 65 percent.
The Model 8449 Desktop Switch allows a device connected to the Common port to access devices connected to the A and B ports and simultaneously switches all five channels via front-panel rotary switch.
The new 'ProSafe Plus Switches' include two fast Ethernet versions - the 16-port FS116E desktop switch and 24-port JFS524E rack-mounted switch, and one gigabit Ethernet version - the 5-port GS105E desktop switch.
Extreme created and established the Enterprise Desktop Switch with its introduction of the Summit48.
Cisco Desktop Switch Leader While market share figures decreased for other switching vendors in the first half of 1998, Cisco's position in both the fixed Ethernet and Fast Ethernet desktop switch markets increased considerably.
3af PoE-enabled networking solutions with the Q3 2005 addition of the ProSafe 16 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch with PoE (FS116P), ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with 2 Gigabit Ports and PoE (FS726TP), and ProSafe 48 Port 10/100 L3 Managed Stackable Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports and PoE (FSM7352SP).