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StarTech SV841HDIE 8 Port Rack Mount PS/2 Digital IP KVM Switch

  • 8 Ports Computer Connections
  • 1 Port Monitor Connections
  • Video Resolution 1920 x 1440

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This Digital IP KVM Switch offers secure and flexible local and remote administration of critical systems and services, combining our dependable Server Remote Control technology with a proven Enterprise-class digital KVM switch. Server Remote Control Unlike software solutions that require installation and work through your server operating system, this easy-to-configure IP KVM Switch delivers BIOS level control and full interaction with connected system boot processes over a TCP/IP connection. Users can reboot the system, access the BIOS and have full control over the keyboard and mouse as if they are on site - a cost-effective solution for outsourced server/IT hardware management and access to mission-critical corporate datacenter servers.


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  • Paul B.
  • 4/6/2011 7:34:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsVery good product

Pros: Works quite well with Windows systems. VNC host built into the switch; supports both "Native" VNC and JAVA/Web clients - automatically launches Java/Web client. Indeed, overcomes the limitation of some Windows apps that have a video overlay that will NOT show up on a VNC client running under Windows, but WILL show up using this KVM.

And lots of buttons are available through a toolbar at screen-bottom for switch/computer control.

The connecting cables are inexpensive enough - a big plus, and they're available in both USB and PS2 versions.

I remember some competing devices that tried to extract HUGE licensing fees to add machines to their KVM switch. I have avoided these like the plague, and am glad I tried this one.

Cons: Since this takes the VGA out from a computer, creates a bitmap, and lets you view it THROUGH THE KVM SWITCH ITSELF, the display redraws can be a little slow, but the trade-off is worth it. You can get a balky machine working and THEN go in through Logmein, PCAnywhere etc.

In order to have the mouse pointer properly synchronized, you MUST follow the instructions (it's simple) and turn off mouse acceleration (Enhance Pointer Precision) and move the Pointer Speed slider to the center in Control Panel/Mouse/Pointer Options. I have done this with Windows 2000/XP/2003 32/64 machines and they are all fine.

You can't add a second (etc.) user with "admin" rights. Any other users have much more limited rights on this switch.

Other Thoughts: This is one cool tool. You connect the KVM to the network, open a port on your firewall, and the video is transmitted over the LAN/WAN DIRECTLY FROM THE KVM SWITCH. Since this is not OS-dependent, with a remote power switch (Startech sells one and there are others), you can restart the computer, press DEL or whatever, go into setup, and tweak the BIOS.

User interface is a trifle "clunky" but this is not a real limitation. Don't expect to be gaming or doing graphic design through this switch. It's really designed for server support and maintenance, and is very good it it - has already helped out LOTS in the week that I own it.

This is a serious tool, and is not for casual users. Takes some time and understanding to set up but it's worth it!

After reading the one review here, and since my requirements are for a Windows-only computer center, I decided to try this. Glad I did. I have not used this with VMWare or anything non-Windows, so these comments apply only to such us

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  • Stuart B.
  • 12/10/2010 4:16:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsavoid this unit

Pros: nice feature set, but don't expect to have this work with anything other than Windows systems

Cons: doesn't work with VMware hosts or other console connections. Startech has never made a single firmware update available and their support on the product is terrible. Stick to Startech for consumer products only

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