Combo KVM switches feature PS/2-USB connectivity support
December 1, 2008 -- ATEN Technology, Inc. has expanded its KVM switch offering with the introduction of the MasterView PS/2-USB KVMP line of eight and 16-port switches.
December 1, 2008 -- ATEN Technology, Inc. has expanded its KVM switch offering with the introduction of the MasterView PS/2-USB KVMP line of eight and 16-port switches for controlling up to eight or 16 directly connected servers.
Geared toward small and medium-sized businesses, the company's CS1708A and CS1716A KVMP switches provide dual interface functionality, a front panel USB port for sharing peripherals, two-level password security and extreme scalability, claims the company. By daisy-chaining up to 31 additional units, users can control up to 256 or 512 servers from a single KVM console.
Via the dual interface functionality, the new units support PS/2 or USB keyboards and mice for both servers and consoles. In addition, the rack-mountable 1U devices feature a front port for connecting USB peripherals. Thus, each computer directly linked to the MasterView PS/2-USB KVMs via a USB cable set connection can share any peripherals connected to the KVMP switch on a one-at-a-time basis.
"The new MasterView PS/2-USB KVM switches support all major operating systems, such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Linux, Mac, and Sun," comments John Owen, director of sales, ATEN Technology, Inc. "These units combine extreme scalability and dual interface functionality, making them an ideal solution for businesses with growing IT demands. Plus, they also provide secure, centralized server management with two-level password security to ensure only authorized users can access the servers."
A single MasterView PS/2-USB KVM switch allows users to control up to eight or 16 computers from a single console, and as many as 256 or 512 computers when installed in a daisy chain of 31 units. The switch auto-senses its position on daisy-chained installations while LEDs at the front panel of the switch indicate the position of the units. With the broadcast mode of these KVM switches, users can perform operations simultaneously on all selected computers, and conduct firmware upgrades to all chained KVM switches at the same time via the daisy-chain cable.
Available now, the CS1708A and CS1716A KVMP switches are priced at $499.95 and $679.95, respectively.
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