A CAT5 KVM switch has replaced the bulky cables typically used to connect systems and uses Cat5 cabling for connecting the computers to the KVM switch. These switches allow a user to directly connect the switch to a keyboard, video display and mouse while giving the added benefit of longer distances and better cable management between all of the computer systems.
With the help of these Cat5 KVM devices, a user can be at a distance of up to 40 meters away from a server. These units can also be cascaded to achieve greater control. Standard KVM Switch models support PS2 mouse and keyboard peripherals and others support USB peripherals along with their VGA video. Key features of the CAT5 KVM are the reduction in desktop and server rack cable clutter, greater distances and the ability to control a mix of PS2 and USB systems. They can be operated with front panel push button controls, keyboard commands, RS232, and the OSD (on screen display). They are designed in a 1U rack mount form factor and available in 16 or 32 port configurations. These devices are compatible with Cat5/Cat5e and Cat6 cables, have dual power with fail over and 12, 24 and 48 volt DC power options. High quality images are delivered using these switches and a resolution of 1600 x 1200 is provided by them. They are compatible with SUN, Mac, IBM, HP and Dell. Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000, Linux, Netware and UNIX operating systems are all supported by the KVM over Cat5 switches.
IP Cat5 KVM units are another type of these switches which are becoming popular amongst users who need browser based access from anywhere in the world. These switches operate via IP and allow for 128 bit secure browsing. Equipped with multi layer security features, these switches are preferred by network administrators as it allows them maintain security and control the servers from any location. Financial institutions, server rooms, remote desktop applications, conference rooms, data centers, military, government and commercial applications are ideal places to use the CAT5 KVM Switch as these places involve controlling multiple computers with a single KVM console.