ATEN intros KVM console extenders

April 6, 2010
The new KVM console extender line employs Cat 5 cabling and targets a multitude of markets.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. -- ATEN has announced five new KVM console extenders. The company says the new units join an expanded console extender lineup that offers a multitude of uses for manufacturing-centric organizations, construction sites, warehouse/distribution, brick and mortar retail locations, small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and small offices/home offices (SOHOs).

The console extenders utilize CAT5 cabling and empower users to control a server or KVM switch from a convenient remote location, away from secure and loud server rooms. A console is also known as a keyboard, monitor and mouse – the interface between an end-user and the computer or KVM switch.

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"In the realm of connectivity products, one of the most overlooked, yet valuable, tools in the arsenal of the network administrator is the console extender," explains Sampson Yang, CEO, ATEN. "Our R&D teams researched an array of vertical markets and realized that our expanded line of console extenders could fill a centralized management void that would offer an array of commercial and consumer uses."

Available now, ATEN offers a full line of console extenders ranging in price from $200 to $700 and includes:

* USB Console Extender (CE700A): is a USB-based console extender capable of extending access to a computer or USB KVM from a remote console from up to 500 feet with a CAT5 cable. A resolution of 1920 x 1200 can be achieved at a distance of 100 feet.
* USB Console Extender (CE750): allows access to a computer or USB KVM from a remote console from up to 650 feet away with a CAT5 cable at video resolutions up to 1600 x 1200. This extender is unique in that it not only supports audio, but both units incorporate a RS-232 port for serial devices such as barcode scanners and touch screens.
* USB Console Extender (CE770): is a USB-based console extender which allows access to a computer from a remote USB console for up to 1,000 feet through a CAT5 cable. The unit features audio support, automatic signal compensation, an RS-232 serial port and De-Skew functionality that eliminates video artifacts and color bleeding often caused by long cable runs. A video resolution up to 1920 x 1200 can be achieved at distances under 500 feet.
* USB Console Extender (CE800B): allows access to a computer or USB KVM from a remote console from up to 820 feet away with a CAT5 cable. This extender is unique in that it not only supports audio, but both units also support external USB mass storage-compliant devices (Flash drives, USB floppy drives and USB-based CD-ROM drives). The CE800B also supports high video resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200.
* Digital USB Console Extender (CE790): is an IP-based console extender with automatic cable detection (Auto-MDIX) and RS-232 serial functionality that allows access to a computer via a remote USB console (USB keyboard, monitor and USB mouse) anywhere on the Intranet – no distance limitations. The CE790 also features audio support, superior video resolution up to 1920 x 1080, and ATEN's De-Skew technology to eliminate video artifacts.

The following are sample scenarios depicting the use of ATEN's console extenders product line:

* Factory/Manufacturing and Environment/Construction Sites: Ideal tool for harsh environments where it is important to separate the mouse, monitor and keyboard from the computer. This separation is essential in manufacturing where the computer can be harmed by dirt, dust, oil or moisture.
* Security/Surveillance Systems: For security and monitoring purposes, users can install a camera and microphone in one area while placing the console in a convenient location for easy access and monitoring.
* Healthcare/Hospitals: Medical records can be reviewed from one server via two separate rooms without the need to deploy a network.
* Brick and Mortar Retailers: With brick and mortar retailers trying to replicate the interactivity of the online buying experience, these units are perfect for kiosks such as store information, bridal registries, etc.
* Office Locations: For IT managers whose offices are located outside of the data center for security, noise or climate reasons, these products offer simple cost effective central and remote management tools to serve as console duplicators. A receptionist can access a computer located in a back office – away from the reception area.
* Home or Small Offices: For workers in the home or small office environment with one PC located in one part of the house and there is a need to access recipes in the kitchen or have to surf the Net for car parts in the garage, then these products are ideal.

ATEN's full line of console extenders are also beneficial the broadcast field and houses of worship. "Unlike our competitors, we are leveraging console extenders as a viable technology that can thrive within a diverse mix of usage scenarios from the data center to the server room to the home office," added Yang.


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