Increase your office's productivity and reduce the clutter of unnecessary equipment with a KVM switch. A KVM switch stands for a Keyboard, Video, Mouse switch and lets you control multiple computers from a single console, eliminating the need for numerous sets of keyboards, mice and monitors. The number of ports that a KVM switch has will dictate how many computers can be controlled and ports range from as little as two ports to as high as 32 ports. Complete your control center with various KVM switches and accessories.
There are two popular types of KVM switches - rack-mount switches and desktop switches. A rack-mount switch is great for placement in a rack enclosure that also contains multiple servers and other networking equipment. A rack-mount design helps conserve space in cramped environments. A desktop KVM switch is better when only a few computers need to be controlled and are generally compact for flexible placement options.
The types of computers and displays that can be connected to a KVM switch depend entirely on what types of ports the switch has built in. For connecting computers, look for either a PS/2 port, a USB port or a Cat5 port, which let you link a computer up with a Cat5 networking cable or other KVM-specific networking cable. For connecting a display or monitor, look for VGA, DVI or DisplayPort connections. DisplayPort connections work well when handling monitors that boast a high resolution rate, such as 3840 x 2160 pixels.