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What Is a KVM Switch and Its Benefits?

With the rapid growth of technology over recent decades, jobs now require increasing familiarity with various computer systems. Furthermore, it has become commonplace in many positions for workers to need access to multiple monitors, keyboards, and mice for the most efficient operations, that of which demands access to several servers in rack cabinets at a time. To realistically meet such demands, additional new technology was required, leading to the development of the KVM switch. This device allows users of a single monitor system to access multiple computers or servers and rapidly switch between all those connected. For your better knowledge, this blog will explore the working principles of such technology and the benefits of using a KVM switch for your various applications.

The KVM switch is connected directly to all PCs the user requires, uniting multiple computers in a single system. This system is also typically connected to a single monitor, as well as a keyboard and mouse configuration. In fact, the term KVM actually refers to “Keyboard, Video (monitor), Mouse,” as it allows these three components to switch the PC with which they are paired. A box-like hardware device, the KVM switch allows the user to alternate between all connected computers or servers via the simple press of a button. Typically, users may press a button on the KVM switch, press a hotkey on their keyboard, click on their mouse wheel, or use an on-screen display program to switch the display on their monitor. For example, a user may be monitoring data on one server, while recording observations on another, requiring frequent access to both servers.

Reducing the amount of screens and controls a user needs at their desk, KVM switches offer many practical benefits. While some desks are designed to accommodate double monitors, applications requiring any additional systems would occupy an impractical amount of space. In addition to reducing clutter and the space required to accommodate multiple servers, KVM switches also aid in cost savings, because investing in computer equipment can be costly. Some KVM switches even support USB peripherals, further consolidating equipment by eliminating the need for separate hubs.

The main working principle of a KVM switch is its use of signal emulation technology, that of which allows the keyboard, video, and mouse to clearly signal each PC without overlapping signals or interference. Each KVM has a maximum limit of servers it can accommodate, and within this limit, the KVM should perform ideally. This means that connectivity is uninterrupted which optimizes table video resolution and operating systems while supporting multiple computer platforms. As such, they can interface with many different brands of keyboards, mice, and monitors. Generally ranging from 2 to 64 port models, KVM switches work well for single desk applications and large installations alike.

Whether you require a KVM switch for your home office or for aviation, military, industrial, and other applications, it is important to source all of your technology from a reliable distributor like ASAP Integrated. Owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, we are a leading online distributor of top-quality KVM switches, and we boast access to an unparalleled inventory of over 2 billion new, used, obsolete, and hard-to-find parts from manufacturers around the world. Offering services around the clock, competitive pricing, and rapid lead times, make ASAP Integrated your trusted procurement partner today by submitting an Instant Request for Quote on any item that piques your interest. Within 15 minutes or less, a member of our team of professionals will contact you with a custom quote for your comparisons. To learn more, call or email us at any time.


October 27, 2022

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