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16 Port 1U Rackmount USB KVM Switch with OSD

Control up to 16 USB computers from a single keyboard, mouse and monitor

Product ID: SV1631DUSBU

  • OS Independent – No drivers or software required
881,99 € EUR exc VAT
1 102,49 € EUR inc VAT
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Overview

The SV1631DUSBU 16 Port 1U Rack Mountable USB KVM Switch with OSD lets you control 16 USB computers from a single console (USB keyboard, USB mouse, VGA monitor).

Convenient push-button and hot-key controls provide quick, reliable switching between connected computers while manual and auto-scan switching modes and an On Screen Display (OSD) offer additional control options.

Designed to ensure maximum space efficiency, the USB KVM switch features a slim 1U design that fits neatly into a server equipment rack/cabinet with the included brackets, and can be cascaded with multiple KVM switches to deliver control of up to 136 computers from this single switch. Rear cable connections help to eliminate cable tangles and minimize workspace disruption.

Backed by a StarTech.com 3-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The SV1631DUSBU only works with specific 2-in-1 VGA and USB cables (sold separately), a list of StarTech.com approved cables are below:

6 ft Ultra Thin USB VGA 2-in-1 KVM Cable
6 ft Ultra Thin USB VGA 2-in-1 KVM Cable
10 ft Ultra Thin USB VGA 2-in-1 KVM Cable
15 ft Ultra Thin USB VGA 2-in-1 KVM Cable

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 3 Years
Hardware
Audio No
Cables Included No
Daisy-Chain Yes
PC Video Type VGA
Rack-Mountable Yes
Performance
Hot-Key Selection Yes
IP Control No
On-Screen Display Yes
Wide Screen Supported Yes
Connector(s)
Console Interface(s) 2 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Female
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Power
Input Current 0.6A
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 18
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 16 Port USB KVM Switch
2 - Mounting Brackets
1 - Bag of Screws
1 - Pack Rubber Feet
1 - Power Adapter
1 - User Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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Accessories

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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.