KVM extenders are devices designed to increase the distance between a keyboard, monitor and mouse (KVM station) and a computer. KVM extenders are a convenient solution to transmit these signals over long distances up to 150m (CATx) or even farther via fibre or IP connections. The main purpose of KVM extenders is to provide point-to-point computer extension and scale the access to computers from remote locations.
There are different types of KVM extenders that are capable of transmitting various signals: VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI video signals, as well as keyboard and mouse, transparent USB, digital or analogue audio and serial formats like RS232. KVM extension works over CATx cabling, fibre optic cabling, or an IP network.
For users that require access to multiple computers, a KVM Matrix Switch is required.
A KVM Extender provides a point-to-point extension, while a KVM Matrix switch is generally a many-to-many configuration, which allows multiple users to have KVM access to multiple computers in your server room.
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