KVM stands for “Keyboard, Video and Mouse”. KVM Extenders are particularly designed to increase the distance that a keyboard, monitor and mouse (KVM station) can be placed from a computer or KVM switch. Some KVM extenders can also extend the connection from a computer to audio and serial devices or even USB peripherals including security hardware, drives and printers.
KVM extenders have been available for the last 15 years or so and were introduced to overcome the distance-dependent bandwidth limitations of traditional VGA cable and the distance limitations of the PS/2 protocol. These extender units comprise of a transmitter and a receiver. Get more information about KVM Extenders at http://www.atennetwork.com/kvm.
How KVM Extenders Works?
While earlier it is connected to the computer with KVM cables, the terminal is connected to the keyboard, video and mouse. After this, these two are connected together with the help of Cat 5e/6/7 cables by eliminating the need for bulky and expensive VGA cables.
The sender and receiver both are connected to a power supply so that when powered on, they can transmit data and video signals with resolutions up to 1920 x 1440 T the rate of 60 Hz. They also have LED’s to show the status of the connected devices. Some models allow multiple computers to be controlled locally and remotely.
Compatibility with Operating Systems
These entities support multi-platforms such as DOS, Windows (3x, 9x, 2000, NT, ME, XP), Novell, Linux, UNIX, HP UNIX, QNX, SGI, FreeBSD, BeOS, Open VMS. The KVM extender provides easy installation with no additional software setup, plug and play functionality, hotkey command and control, high-quality data transmission and clutter-free environment. You can buy KVM Extenders from http://www.atennetwork.com/kvm/kvm-extenders.
It is also known as a cat5 extender, these extenders are available with optional stereo audio or RS232 control. They also have an auto console for switching between local and remote units and connecting a PS/2 console to any platform.