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 users 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 users 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. 898-8352
Mfr. Part No.SV211USB
BrandStartech
TWD1,701.00
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2 1 - VGA USB No Audio 88 x 66 x 23mm 2048 x 1536 66mm 23mm 88mm
RS Stock No. 123-8070
Mfr. Part No.SV431DVIUDDM
BrandStartech
TWD12,211.00
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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. 898-8346
Mfr. Part No.SV231USBGB
BrandStartech
TWD3,134.00
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2 1 - VGA USB No Audio 124 x 70 x 40mm 1920 x 1440 70mm 40mm 124mm
RS Stock No. 898-8333
Mfr. Part No.SV211KUSB
BrandStartech
TWD1,645.00
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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. 898-8365
Mfr. Part No.SV431DDVDUA
BrandStartech
TWD12,555.00
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4 2 2 DVI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 220 x 130 x 60mm 1920 x 1440 130mm 60mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 778-6391
Mfr. Part No.DKVM-4U
BrandD-Link
TWD3,221.00
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4 1 - VGA USB - 105 x 178 x 30.5mm 2048 x 1536 178mm 30.5mm 105mm
RS Stock No. 122-1411
Mfr. Part No.F1DG102U
BrandBelkin
TWD1,711.00
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2 1 - VGA USB 3.5 mm Stereo 101.6 x 93.98 x 25.4mm 2048 x 1536 93.98mm 25.4mm 101.6mm
RS Stock No. 122-1412
Mfr. Part No.F1DA104Zea
BrandBelkin
TWD6,911.00
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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. 123-8083
Mfr. Part No.SV431DUSBU
BrandStartech
TWD8,540.00
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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. 179-8050
Mfr. Part No.SV431HDU3A2
BrandStartech
TWD17,352.00
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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. 186-2760
Mfr. Part No.SV431DHD4KU
BrandStartech
TWD39,484.00
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4 2 2 HDMI USB 3.5 mm Stereo 22 x 13 x 6.3cm 3840 x 2160 130mm 63mm 220mm
RS Stock No. 122-1413
Mfr. Part No.F1DA108Zea
BrandBelkin
TWD11,680.00
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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. 898-8343
Mfr. Part No.SV411KUSB
BrandStartech
TWD3,229.00
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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. 898-8371
Mfr. Part No.SV831DUSBUK
BrandStartech
TWD16,088.00
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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. 186-3916
Mfr. Part No.RKCONS1901
BrandStartech
TWD56,709.00
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1 1 1 VGA USB - 53.3 x 48.3 x 4.3cm 1280 x 1024 483mm 43mm 533mm
RS Stock No. 179-8053
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPU3A2
BrandStartech
TWD19,463.00
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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. 179-8065
Mfr. Part No.SV431DPDDUA2
BrandStartech
TWD33,017.00
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4 2 2 DisplayPort USB 3.5 mm Stereo 127 x 215.9 x 63.5mm 3840 x 2160 215.9mm 63.5mm 127mm
RS Stock No. 898-8380
Mfr. Part No.SV1631DUSBUK
BrandStartech
TWD28,527.00
Each
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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. 122-1414
Mfr. Part No.F1DA116Zea
BrandBelkin
TWD16,247.00
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16 1 - VGA PS/2, USB - 438 x 190 x 89mm 1920 x 1440 190mm 89mm 438mm
RS Stock No. 123-8081
Mfr. Part No.SV231HDMIUA
BrandStartech
TWD6,629.00
Each
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2 1 1 HDMI USB HDMI 124.8 x 70 x 40mm 1920 x 1200 70mm 40mm 124.8mm