Cracking open a KVM switch

Belkin KVM

Keyboard-Video-Monitor switches enable many technology professionals to share a single keyboard, mouse and monitor among multiple computers. Learn how one popular Belkin model is put together as we take it apart.

Belkin's OmniView E Series KVM Switch (model number F1DB104P) supports connecting four computers to a single keyboard, mouse and monitor.

Cable connections for the four computers, and the video port for the console's display, are located on the back of the unit. The console's keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports, meanwhile, are located on the device's front face.

By Erik Eckel

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...