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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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
This is a hardware KVM
Console Keyboard and Mouse
Client Keyboard and Mouse
Passive = Mechanical
Active = Electronic
If you need to control more than one computer using the same keyboard, mouse and monitor
If you need to have more than one active user on a single computer
If your desk looks like this…
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