17” 1U Rackmount Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse incorporating a 1,4,8,12,16-32 port cat5 cat 6 catX KVM BUS switch

The EXV-RMO-17B is a 1U 19” rackmount drawer containing a 17” monitor and a keyboard and (touchpad) mouse. It can be directly connected to a server or other PC type device, but is fitted with a catX (cat 5, 5e or 6) “BUS” KVM master switch module so that it can be switched between up to 32 PCs or servers, Mac, Sun or Unix machines, in fact almost any device which presents a conventional VGA video feed (HD15 connector) can be controlled by or displayed on the screen of the RKM17.

A BUS KVM system is one where the Master module (built into the EXV-RKM17) presents only one RJ45 connector, as opposed to a conventional KVM switch which has to have one port for each server to be controlled. The first connected computer is attached by an adapter (dongle) which has two RJ 45 ports, one in and one out, the “in” port connects to the Master module, and the “out” port connects to the next adapter in line and so on, up to a maximum of 32. The modules auto-address as they are added, so very little set-up is required, and a user can select which connected computer he wants to control either by a “hot-key” combination, or by selecting from an on-screen display menu (OSD). When the unit is not being used, it can either be folded back into its drawer out of the way, or can be put into a “scan” mode, where it will sequentially display the screen of each connected device for a chosen period of time.

Two levels of access are possible, “Admin” which allows access to everything connected and allows set-up of the switch, and “User”, which means that access to listed computers only is allowed. The system is hot-pluggable, so nothing needs to be turned off when adding a new device

The system  supports VGA, SVGA and XGA video standards and is DDC2 compliant, so attached computers need not be set to the same video resolution, and can manage servers with either PS-2 or USB Keyboard and mouse in  any combination.  This is an ideal solution for server control or multiple PC/computer control and is very simple to install – simply connect the nearest computer to the master unit, and then add as many computers in-line as required, up to a maximum of 32.

To Order a KVM BUS switch system you just need to order the BUS base station (either stand-alone or built into a 1U KVM console) and one adapter (dongle) for each computer you want to connect. Further computers can be added at any time in the future.