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2 Port USB HDMI Cable KVM Switch with Audio and Remote Switch – USB Powered

Control two HDMI®, USB equipped PCs with a single monitor, keyboard, mouse and audio peripheral set

Product ID: SV211HDUA

  • Supports HD resolutions (1080p - 1920x1200)
  • Switch PCs via push-button, hot-keys or switching software
  • Space-saving design, minimal footprint
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  • Integrated KVM cables and remote switch
  • Switching software supports PC and Mac® platforms
  • USB Powered - No external power adapter required
  • Independent audio/mic switching for uninterrupted audio
  • Analog (3.5mm) and HDMI audio supported
  • Supports hot-plugging
  • Remote switch on 1.5m (5ft.) cable
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Overview

The SV211HDUA 2-Port HDMI® Cable KVM Switch with Audio and Remote Switching Control lets you control two HDMI, USB equipped PCs with a single monitor, keyboard, mouse and audio peripheral set.

To help organize your desk without sacrificing work space, this compact HDMI USB KVM  features integrated cables that can be connected directly to your system, while leaving a minimal footprint. The switch features a remote push-button on a 1.5 meter (5ft) integrated cable that can be placed in an easily accessible location, as well as keyboard hot-keys, and PC or Mac® compatible software for switching between systems. To eliminate the need for a bulky external power adapter and wall outlet, the HDMI KVM switch is USB-powered.

This KVM with HDMI video capability offers support for 1080p HD resolutions (up to 1920x1200) for the ability to drive a large HDMI display for applications that require high graphical output.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Avoid cabling hassles with integrated KVM and remote switch cables
  • Save desk space with a compact design
  • Switch between systems easily using the included remote switch

Applications

Great for PC test/burn-in computer control, saving the desk space required for two monitors, keyboards and mice

Perfect for sharing computers and attached peripherals in the home or home office

Dual system control for single user workstations increasing user productivity in the office

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
Cables Included Yes
Daisy-Chain No
Industry Standards HDCP
KVM Ports 2
Number of Monitors Supported 1
PC Interface USB
PC Video Type HDMI
Rack-Mountable No
Performance
Audio Specifications 3.5mm and HDMI audio supported
Hot-Key Selection Yes
IP Control No
On-Screen Display No
Port Selection Support Push Button, Hotkeys, and Software
Connector(s)
Console Interface(s) 1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female
2 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female
2 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Female
Host Connectors 1 - HDMI (19 pin) Male
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male
2 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Male
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS 10.6 to 10.9
Special Notes / Requirements
Note OS Compatibility refers to KVM software only - the KVM itself can be used without software on any platform
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - PC Selection indictor
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 0~90% RH Non-Condensing
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 33.5 in [850 mm]
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 0.9 in [23 mm]
Product Length 3.5 in [88 mm]
Product Weight 12.6 oz [356 g]
Product Width 2.6 in [66 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 16.4 oz [465 g]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - KVM Switch
1 - Software CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS 10.6 to 10.9

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Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

KVM stands for Keyboard Video Mouse and KVM switches allow you to switch the use of a keyboard, display and mouse between multiple computers.  KVM switches also commonly let you switch audio and USB devices between computers.

There are different types of KVM switches as well.

  • Standard box KVM switches. (e.g. SV231USB)
  • Cable KVM switches. (e.g. SV211USB)
  • Multi-Monitor KVM switches.  (e.g. SV231DDUSB)
  • IP KVM switches. (e.g. SV841HDIE)

Standard box and cable KVM switches are a simple way to switch the use of a keyboard, display, and mouse between multiple computers.  Multi-monitor KVM switches allow you to switch multiple displays between computers, and IP KVM switches allow you to remotely control the KVM switch and connected computers over a network.

Here are some important things to consider before purchasing a KVM switch.

  • How many computers do you need to control?  Purchase a KVM switch that supports the number of computers in your setup.
  • Which video connections do your computers and display(s) support?  It is best practice to use the same video connections wherever possible.
  • Will you be using a PS/2 or USB mouse and keyboard?
  • Do you need multiple monitor support?  Ensure every computer can support the number of monitors you are looking to use in your setup.
  • Do you need audio support?
  • What resolution(s) do you want your display(s) running at?  The KVM switch must support the resolution(s) you want to use.
  • Would you like hotkey support?  Some KVM switches support the use of hotkey combinations to complete tasks such as switching between computers.

There are a couple of other important things you may want to take note of:

  • Some KVM switches require proprietary cables to function.  These KVM cables may vary by each KVM switch.  For StarTech.com KVM switches that require proprietary cables, the KVM switches will either come with these cables, or they will be listed in the Accessories tab on the individual product pages.  For more information, see our video dedicated to KVM switch cables.
  • Basic mice and keyboards are recommended for use with KVM switches.  Wireless, gaming or combo mice and keyboards (mice and keyboards that use a single USB connection / receiver for both units) can cause performance issues, and in general, are not supported for use with KVM switches.

It can be difficult to tell which ones are right for the KVM switch you are interested in.  How can you tell which KVM cables you require?  How can you tell if a KVM switch requires proprietary cables?  How do these cables work? 

Standard KVM Switches and Cables

Note: You will need one bundle of KVM cables per computer you want to connect to the KVM switch.

Standard KVM switches have no special cable requirements.  If you have spare video and PS/2 or USB cables, you can use them to hook up the KVM switch to your computers.  StarTech.com still sells KVM cable packages, but they are just for the convenience of buying them in bundles and usually involve some savings.  Keep in mind that even if you have some of the cables you need, it still might be advantageous to buy the bundle.

KVM Switches with Opposite Gender Video Connections

Some KVM switches use male video connections for the computers and female video connections for the console ports.  In this case you simply need a video extension cable, or a KVM cable package appropriate to the KVM switch.  This is so you cannot accidentally plug cables from your computer into the console ports.

KVM Switches Requiring Proprietary Cables

KVM switches can also use proprietary KVM cables to connect to the individual computers.  This is often done with larger KVM switches and KVM switches intended for a server environment.  These cables use a proprietary pinout which does not conform to the video standard in use, as the cable carries both the video and PS/2 or USB data along a single cable.

If you are unsure whether or not you need special cables, complete the following:

  1. Check the Technical Specifications tab on the individual product pages for What's in the Box.  This section lists everything that comes with your purchase, and your KVM switch might come with the cables.
  2. Check the Accessories tab.  This section lists potential accessories for the product you are looking at.  StarTech.com will list the appropriate KVM cables for the KVM switch here. 
  3. Check the Gallery and look at a picture of the back of the KVM switch.

Note: If there are no PS/2 or USB ports on the back of the KVM switch other than for the console, you will require proprietary cables.

If at this point you require further assistance in deciding which cables to purchase with your StarTech.com KVM switch, contact our technical support team.  

Whether a specific mouse or keyboard will work with StarTech.com KVM switches can depend on the type of mouse or keyboard you use.  Any mice with additional functionality or keyboards that are not standard 104 key keyboards could cause issues.  This includes wireless, gaming, combination (one USB receiver for both the mouse and keyboard), and Apple keyboards.  We recommend that you use a standard wired mouse and keyboard with our KVM switches, especially when you troubleshoot issues.

If you cannot get a specific mouse or keyboard to work with your KVM switch, connect the mouse or keyboard into the USB hub ports, if available (they are marked on the back of the KVM switch). If the KVM switch has hotkey functionality, you will lose the functionality when using these hub ports.

This device outputs HDMI video signals. If you have a display or video destination that uses another type of video connection, there are ways that you can convert the video signal or connection. These options are outlined below and organized by the target connection.

HDCP

When you consider whether to convert an HDMI video signal to another connection type, it is important to know if the media that is being converted from the HDMI video connection is protected by High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP). If the media is protected by HDCP, you cannot convert to analog video connections because they do not support HDCP. You may experience this issue when you use devices like Blu-ray players, DVD players, and certain gaming consoles.

Target connection Conversion
VGA HDMI to VGA: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=HDMI&filter_AVOUTPUT=VGA.
DVI

HDMI to DVI: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/HDMI/HDMI-to-DVI/.

DisplayPort HDMI to DisplayPort: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=HDMI&filter_AVOUTPUT=DisplayPort.

 

This device has an HDMI input port.  If you have a video source that uses another video connection, there are options available to convert the video signal or connection. These options will be outlined below for each video source connection.

Source Connection

Conversion

VGA

VGA to HDMI: https://www.startech.com/AV/Converters/Video/?filter_AVINPUT=VGA&filter_AVOUTPUT=HDMI.

DVI

DVI to HDMI video converters: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/Video-Adapter/HDMI-Cable-Adapters/.

DVI to HDMI video cables: https://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/HDMI/HDMI-to-DVI/.

DisplayPort

DisplayPort to HDMI passive converters: https://www.startech.com/AV/Displayport-Converters/DP-HDMI/?filter_CONVERTTYPE=Passive.

DisplayPort to HDMI active converters: https://www.startech.com/AV/Displayport-Converters/DP-HDMI/?filter_CONVERTTYPE=Active.

DisplayPort Passive and Active Conversions

The converter that you require depends on the type of DisplayPort video source that you are using. For more information about converting DisplayPort video signals, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/DisplayPort_Converter_DP_Multi_Mode.

How to

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Troubleshooting

There are some quick tests that you can perform to rule out potential issues. Start by turning off all of the connected computers and peripherals, unplugging everything from the KVM, including power, and leaving it for 10 seconds.  Then connect everything to the KVM following the procedure in the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/kvm-switches-setup.

You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • KVM switch

  • Video source (such as a DVR or computer)

  • Video destination (such as a monitor or projector)

Note: When you are testing your setup components, it is recommended that you avoid using any video adapters. For example, if you are converting a VGA source to HDMI to be used with an HDMI extender, you should test with an HDMI source.

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cable, KVM switch, video source, and video destination in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, KVM switch, video source, and video destination in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video source and video destination, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Remove the KVM switch from your setup and test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together without the KVM switch.

  • Test to make sure that the video source and video destination work together at the resolution that you want to use.

Note: In order for your setup to work properly, the video source, KVM switch, and video destination all need to support the resolution that you are using.

There are four troubleshooting actions that you can try if some but not all of the ports and your computer are working with the KVM switch. 

  • To determine if a specific cable is the source of the problem, switch the cables that connect the KVM switch to the computers to one working port and computer, and one port and computer that is not working. Keep the computer plugged into the same ports and only switch the cables. If the issue persists when you switch cables, the issue may be with the cable itself.
  • To determine if the problem is between the computer and the KVM switch, using the same cables, connect the KVM switch to one computer that is working and one computer that is not working. If the issue persists when you switch computers, follows the issue may be with the computer and the KVM switch.
  • Try reinitializing the KVM.  This is done by following the setup instructions on the website.
  • To determine if the KVM switch is the source of the problem, if you have another KVM switch, disconnect the current KVM switch and connect the second KVM switch.

If the keys on your keyboard are repeating, complete the following:

  1. If the KVM you are using has USB ports, you can move your keyboard to the USB hub port on the back of the KVM (the USB hubs are marked).

Note: When you move the keyboard out of the keyboard port, you will not be able to access the hotkeys.

  1.  You can adjust the typematic rate in your operating system’s settings. Depending on the version of Windows you are running, you can adjust the typematic rate by doing one of the following:
    • Click Control Panel > Keyboard > Speed. Adjust the repeat delay and repeat rate until the keys no longer repeat.
    • Click Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers. Right-click Keyboard Settings. Adjust the repeat delay and repeat rate until the keys no longer repeat.
2 Port USB HDMI Cable KVM Switch with Audio and Remote Switch – USB Powered

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(4 stars) Good Product.

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Works very well in Windows 10, Easy to install. The only limitation is that the cables are too short. 24" more on each end would be dandy.
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(3 stars) Easy to use and setup Windows 7

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I got this KVM switch to test and it is handy as most of my work is on site but sometimes I have to bring work home and I have to unplug my system to be able to work on the client computer. I could not make it work properly on Windows 8 but it works ok on Windows 7 and 10. The price is not bad and the Switch work well, just hope they can fix the problem with Windows 8. “I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.”
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Hi, Thanks for your feedback and review. We are sorry this KVM didn't work with your Windows 8 computer. The KVM should work with Windows 8. We would like to help troubleshoot this situation so please get in touch with our Technical Advisors by clicking "Support" at the top of our website. Thank you.

(4 stars) Does what it's supposed to

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I got this unit as I am finding myself fixing my friends and families computers and was tired of constantly unplugging my PC to plug theirs in. It worked well on the Windows 7 PC's I tested but confirmed 8.1 was a no go. I will be trying a Windows 10 PC in a couple of weeks. Seems well built and the instructions are clear. Did not see any reduction in picture quality. I really enjoyed the toggle switch as it eliminates the need to be constantly bending over to reach for the switch on the unit as the case on most other KVM units. Having audio connections is a bonus as well. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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(5 stars) Solid, well built product and easy to use

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This is an easy to use and well built product. I tried this, switching from my Apple Mac mini and my Windows PC. The setup was very was easy and simple to use. There appears to be no quality loss for video which was very nice to see. The simple switch design is nice and easy to use. Overall the setup was simple and the way the product works is excellent. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review
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(3 stars) USB Powered KVM Switch with Audio

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I have been in the technology business for over 35 years and for the past 20+ years I have been asked to provide unbiased reviews of various products from both the AV and IT world. In review of this product I have found that this unit worked fine switching back and forth between a Mac and a Windows 7 PC. I especially liked the QuickSwitch Button and also toggling by way of the Keyboard Hotkeys. The 3rd method of switching which is by the KVM Switching software was fine but not as easy as the other two methods previously mentioned. The only negative is that this switch works fine with my MacBook and Windows 7 PC, but does not work properly with Windows 8.1. In the box: -KVM Switch -Software CD -Instruction Manual In summation, solid product, easy to use. I received this product in exchange for an unbiased review.
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(1 star) Doesn't work with Windows 8.1

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I had the exact same issue as the other reviewer. This switch works fine with my MacBook, but does not work properly with Windows 8.1
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Response from StarTech.com:
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Hello ChuckJ, Thanks for reviewing our SV211HDUA KVM switch. We apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced and would like to help. While the device itself will work with any operating system, the additional software that accompanies the SV211HDUA has been tested up to Windows 8, but not Windows 8.1 unfortunately. There are also no plans to update the software. We would suggest completely removing the software from your system to see if the issue persists. Please also try connecting the KVM to different USB ports. We also manufacture product SV231HDMIUA which is completely OS independent. It can be seen here: http://www.startech.com/SV231HDMIUA. Feel free to contact us if you would like to speak to a technical advisor regarding this issue. Please reference case number 303-248681 as well. Thank you. Customer Support StarTech.com http://www.startech.com/techsupport

(1 star) Does not work with Windows 8.1 Pro / USB3

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After multiple attempts at resolving an issue where Windows would display the error "USB device not recognized, has malfunctioned", StarTech recommended returning the product. The computer with the issue worked fine switching back and forth in its BIOS screen, so I ruled out hardware this way. Also, it does work fine between a Mac and a Windows 7 PC that we used to troubleshoot. After ensuring that all of the most recent Windows and System updates were installed relating to potential fixes for USB/power issues, we still were not successful.
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