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By Rick Stevenson. KVM. Content. What is a KVM ?. Types of KVM. What is a software KVM?. What is a hardware KVM?. The difference between passive and active KVMs. Advantages and disadvantages. Summary. What is a kvm?. KVM is an abbreviation for K eyboard, V ideo and M ouse.

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By Rick Stevenson

KVM


Content

  • What is a KVM?

  • Types of KVM

  • What is a software KVM?

  • What is a hardware KVM?

  • The difference between passive and active KVMs

  • Advantages and disadvantages

  • Summary


What is a kvm?

  • KVM is an abbreviation for Keyboard,Video and Mouse

  • Control multiple computers using a single monitor, keyboard and mouse (standard)

  • Connect multiple monitors, keyboards and mice to a single computer (reverse)


Types of kvm

  • Software

  • Hardware

  • Standard

  • Passive

  • Active

  • Reverse

  • Active


What is a software KVM

A software KVM is very similar to a hardware KVM however:

A software KVM generally cannot share a monitor, only the keyboard and mouse

A software KVM does not require external hardware and can run on any existing network

One of the best software KVMs (synergy) costs $0.00 and is completely open source


What is a hardware KVM?

This is a hardware KVM

Computer Selector

Console Keyboard and Mouse

Console Monitor

Client Keyboard and Mouse

Client Monitor

Power


the difference between passive and active

  • A passive KVM switch changes the keyboard, video and mouse to interact with each computer by using a hardware switch or knob.

  • An active KVM switch changes the keyboard, video and mouse to interact with each computer by using an electronic switch (either a button on the KVM or a keyboard shortcut)


the difference between passive and active (cont.)

In short,

Passive = Mechanical

Active = Electronic


Advantages and disadvantages

Hardware KVM


Advantages and disadvantages (cont.)

Software KVM


Summary

If you need to control more than one computer using the same keyboard, mouse and monitor

Or

If you need to have more than one active user on a single computer

Or

If your desk looks like this…


Then a KVM could be of benefit to you

END.

Random fact: Throughout the duration of this presentation over 300,000 songs were downloaded illegally off of the internet.


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