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. 179-8046
Mfr. Part No.SV231DPUA
BrandStartech
MYR1,458.47
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2 1 1 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220 x 130 x 44mm 3840 x 2400 130mm 44mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 144-9062
Mfr. Part No.CS62U
BrandAten
MYR185.15
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2 - - VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 87.5 x 60.8 x 28mm 2048 x 1536 60.8mm 28mm 87.5mm
RS Stock No. 144-9079
Mfr. Part No.CS1744
BrandAten
MYR1,192.10
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4 - - VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 270 x 88 x 55.5mm 2048 x 1536 88mm 55.5mm 270mm
RS Stock No. 898-8380
Mfr. Part No.SV1631DUSBUK
BrandStartech
MYR4,326.63
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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. 123-8083
Mfr. Part No.SV431DUSBU
BrandStartech
MYR1,303.51
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4 1 1 VGA USB No Audio 220 x 130 x 43mm 1920 x 1440 130mm 43mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 122-1413
Mfr. Part No.F1DA108Zea
BrandBelkin
MYR1,767.46
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8 1 - VGA PS/2, USB - 438 x 190 x 44.5mm 1920 x 1440 190mm 44.5mm 438mm
RS Stock No. 144-9075
Mfr. Part No.CL1000M-ATA-EE
BrandAten
MYR4,473.09
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1 - - VGA USB - 480 x 538.3 x 44mm 1920 x 1200 480mm 44mm 538.3mm
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RS Stock No. 196-3871
Mfr. Part No.HD2VID2
BrandStartech
MYR752.02
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3 - 1 HDMI - - 10.8 x 10 x 2.5cm 1920 x 1080 100mm 25mm 108mm
RS Stock No. 898-8371
Mfr. Part No.SV831DUSBUK
BrandStartech
MYR2,434.55
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8 1 1 VGA USB No Audio 435 x 180 x 45mm 1920 x 1440 180mm 45mm 435mm
RS Stock No. 144-9068
Mfr. Part No.CS64U
BrandAten
MYR376.78
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4 - - VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 94.1 x 97.2 x 26mm 2048 x 1536 97.2mm 26mm 94.1mm
RS Stock No. 179-8057
Mfr. Part No.SV231DPDDUA2
BrandStartech
MYR2,441.75
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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. 179-8052
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPUA2
BrandStartech
MYR2,817.40
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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. 179-8053
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPU3A2
BrandStartech
MYR2,936.84
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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. 122-1412
Mfr. Part No.F1DA104Zea
BrandBelkin
MYR1,045.77
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4 1 - VGA PS/2, USB - 279 x 150 x 44.5mm 1920 x 1440 150mm 44.5mm 279mm
RS Stock No. 898-8343
Mfr. Part No.SV411KUSB
BrandStartech
MYR488.48
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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. 123-8070
Mfr. Part No.SV431DVIUDDM
BrandStartech
MYR1,863.84
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4 1 1 DVI USB No Audio 131 x 275 x 44mm 1920 x 1200 275mm 44mm 131mm
RS Stock No. 123-8077
Mfr. Part No.SV211DPUA
BrandStartech
MYR588.36
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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. 123-8068
Mfr. Part No.SV231DVGAU2A
BrandStartech
MYR1,164.39
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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. 144-9067
Mfr. Part No.CS1642A
BrandAten
MYR2,291.51
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2 - - DVI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 262.3 x 76.8 x 44mm 2560 x 1600 76.8mm 44mm 262.3mm
RS Stock No. 898-8346
Mfr. Part No.SV231USBGB
BrandStartech
MYR479.64
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2 1 - VGA USB No Audio 124 x 70 x 40mm 1920 x 1440 70mm 40mm 124mm
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