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KVM recommendations

By Choppit ·
Does anyone have any recommendations for KVM solutions?

The unit needs to be 8 port and rack mountable. IP and stackability are not required. Connected systems will be a mixture of Linux/Windows and Netware servers.

Thanks in advance.

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Black Box or StarTech

by CharlieSpencer In reply to KVM recommendations

I've used both. BB equipment tends to be more expensive. Be sure the model you select allows you to daisy-chain additional switches in case of future growth.

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by jdclyde In reply to KVM recommendations

Have been using the Belkin KVM's for about five years now and I love them.

The only problem I EVER had was a four year old box had a keyboard port go, and they sent me a brand new model, no questions asked. Of course they couldn't give me the same model because the one I had was so old, I they had to upgrade me to the current one.

We use a four port and a stackable eight port. This allowed us to separate the servers that are under the heaviest use onto separate systems.

The eight port has sound and usb support for keyboards and mice as well.

Can be stacked to run up to 255 systems.

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USB - Good Point!

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Belkin

Choppit, make sure you get a model that will support both USB and PS2 mice.

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I just worked on a new dell

by jdclyde In reply to USB - Good Point!

and it doesn't have ps2 ports!

Just a ton of USB ports.

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Belkin indeed

by jaked In reply to I just worked on a new de ...

Their latest model F1DP116G is doing miracles.

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by Choppit In reply to Belkin

Are you using the Pro2 series kit?

The midrange Belkin kit seems reasonably priced although I'm a little wary due to my experiences of their SOHO kit.

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Aten Masterview

by DMambo In reply to KVM recommendations

I have an Aten MasterView 8-port. It's a couple of years old and has been fine. It's got a real simple On-screen display and it and the cables were reasonably priced.

I had a Cybex that just died on me after about a year and a half. It's such a pain in the *** when that happens that I'll never buy another Cybex product. If you go with Cybex, I have some cheap cables I can send you.

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Not standard cables?

by jdclyde In reply to Aten Masterview

Any system that doesn't use a standard extention cable I would personally stay away from.

Didn't Cybex cover the box for you?

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by DMambo In reply to Not standard cables?

One-year warrantee. The model was not in production any longer and they wanted $160 (if I recall) flat fee for me to send it in. That was more than 1/2 the price for a new one, and it would have been about 2 weeks. Toss the shipping charges both ways and I wouldn't even consider it. The electronics guy here narrowed the problem to a specific board, but the Cybex tech support didn't want any info, just $160 and the box. I'll stay away from them in the future.

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by jasong224 In reply to KVM recommendations

I have used the IOGEAR MiniView 8-Port KVM for a few years and have never had a problem with them. You can daisy chain them together for future expansion and they don't use any of those proprietary breakout boxes where the cables cost more than the switch.

Hope this helps,

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