Remote management made easy

Aten International has unveiled two new KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switches. These products allow one user to monitor and control up to eight networked PCs using a single USB keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  July 20, 2005

Aten International has unveiled two new KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switches. These products allow one user to monitor and control up to eight networked PCs using a single USB keyboard, mouse, and monitor. A KVM switch allows a user to control multiple computers from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse. A user first connects a monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the KVM device and then uses either the device’s USB or PS/2 port to connect it to one or more computers. Control is switched from one computer to another using the buttons on the KVM device. This way, separate monitors, keyboards and mice aren’t needed for each computer connected to the KVM switch, potentially saving company cash. Aten’s new KVM switches – the four-port CS-1754 and eight-port CS-1758 - feature USB and PS/2 interfaces, are rack-mountable, and support Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris software platforms. According to Aten International, this provides enterprises with a reliable investment for universal connection and long-term use. “Our latest KVM switches provide users with exceptional capabilities,” said Kevin Chen, CEO of Aten International. “A single console manages all of the computers, eliminating the expense of having to purchase a separate keyboard, monitor, and mouse for each computer. These products save the space those extra components would occupy, conserve energy costs and eliminate the inconvenience involved in constantly moving from one computer to another.” The 1754 and 1758 switches also provide multimedia keyboard support and can be connected to speakers and microphones. Thus a single microphone or speaker, claims Aten, can provide audio input and output to each of the computers connected to the KVM switch. Users can select any computer connected to the network, using the front panel buttons on the KVM switches or through an on-screen display (OSD) and via hot-keys. The CS-1754 can support a maximum of four PCs, while the 1758 supports up to eight PCs simultaneously. Businesses today use KVM switches to save money when one person uses more than one computer. These switches are also suited to use in server farms where it is only necessary to periodically access each separate server one at a time. KVM switches are also popular among users who have upgraded their home PC systems and want to use their old computers without also investing in a second keyboard, monitor and mouse.

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