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2 Port USB HDMI KVM Switch with Audio and USB 2.0 Hub

Share a keyboard, mouse and HDMI® monitor between 2 multimedia computers

Product ID: SV231HDMIUA

  • Supports push button and hotkey PC Switching
  • Integrated USB 2.0 hub - Share USB peripherals between PCs
  • Supports High Resolutions Digital video up to UXGA (1600x1200), WUXGA (1920x1200), and 1080p (1920x1080)
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  • No software drivers required; OS independent
  • Supports Plug&Play operation
  • Supports both HDMI® audio and 3.5mm analog audio
  • Independent Audio switching
  • Audible tone to indicate PC switching
  • User-defined scan time intervals
  • Manual video adjustments via rear function button
212,99 € EUR exc VAT
266,24 € EUR inc VAT

Overview

The SV231HDMIUA 2-port USB HDMI® KVM Switch lets you control two USB-enabled multimedia computers or devices with HDMI video interfaces, using a single peripheral set/console (USB keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and microphone).

A highly versatile KVM solution, the USB HDMI KVM Switch features an integrated 2-port USB 2.0 hub that lets selected computers access shared high speed USB devices, eliminating the cost of duplicate USB peripheral purchases.

Ensuring high quality video capability, the HDMI KVM switch supports HD resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200. Offering genuine digital signal transmission over the cable, this switch can be used to share one HD panel between multiple HDMI sources such as Blu-Ray players, Video Game consoles and HD media centers.

The switch also supports audio and microphone switching functions and allows you to select connected computers, USB device hub ports and audio/mic channels either simultaneously or independently using either front-panel push-buttons or keyboard hotkeys.

USB HDMI KVM switch configuration samples

This product is TAA compliant and backed by a Startech.com 3-year warranty with free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Eliminate duplicate display expense by sharing one set of peripherals and a single Display or TV between a Game console (Xbox360 or Playstation PS3) and PC
  • Versatile audio support for both HDMI® audio and 3.5mm analog audio
  • Integrated USB 2.0 hub and Mic/Audio ports allow the user to have full multimedia control of two computers and share USB peripherals eliminating the expense of duplicate devices

Applications

Ideal for sharing two newer HDMI® multimedia PCs with an HDMI monitor

Students can use a single monitor and connect their gaming console along side their PC or laptop

Allows multimedia PCs to share peripherals and a single high definition television

Use in the Office to connect two multimedia PCs to a single console connection increasing productivity

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 3 Years
Hardware
Audio Yes
Cables Included No
Daisy-Chain No
KVM Ports 2
Number of Monitors Supported 1
PC Interface USB
PC Video Type HDMI
Rack-Mountable No
Performance
Hot-Key Selection Yes
IP Control No
Maximum Digital Resolutions 1920 x 1200
Maximum Number of Users 1
On-Screen Display No
Port Selection Support Push Button and Hotkeys
Wide Screen Supported Yes
Connector(s)
Console Interface(s) 1 - HDMI (19 pin) Female
2 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female
4 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Female
Host Connectors 2 - HDMI (19 pin) Female
2 - USB B (4 pin) Female
4 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Indicators
LED Indicators 2 - Online/Active (Green - Connected PC is online, Red - PC is selected)
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 0.8A
Input Voltage 110V-240V AC
Output Current 1.5A
Output Voltage 12 DC
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 18
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 0~80% RH
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
Color Black
Enclosure Type Steel
Product Depth 70 mm [2.8 in]
Product Height 40 mm [1.6 in]
Product Weight 800 g [28.2 oz]
Product Width 124.8 mm [4.9 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 1.1 kg [2.5 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 2 Port HDMI KVM
1 - Package of Rubber feet
1 - Power Adapter
1 - User Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

Certifications

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Accessories

Product Support

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.