Laptop-to-Server KVM Console with Rugged Housing

Use this USB crash-cart adapter to turn your laptop into a portable KVM console for accessing servers, ATMs and kiosks with file transfer and video capture


4 stars (3 reviews) |
  • Durable performance, with a rubberized housing
  • Maximum portability with a compact footprint, built-in KVM cables and USB power
  • Built-in cables with strain relief to prevent wearing or breaking
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$1,543.99 AUD excl. GST
$1,698.39 AUD incl. GST

This rugged and portable USB crash cart adapter lets you turn your laptop into a portable console for accessing servers, desktops and laptops, as well as ATMs, kiosks or any computing device that features both VGA and USB ports.

This adapter also supports local file transfer and video capturing built into the software.

Maximum durability

This crash cart adapter has been specifically designed for maximum durability. It features a rugged, rubberized housing that can handle drops by absorbing shock, to make sure that you’re equipped for unexpected challenges.

Hassle-free operation

Troubleshoot your devices quickly and easily. Simply connect the crash cart adapter to your laptop using the included USB cable, then connect the integrated USB and VGA cables to your server.

The crash cart adapter features a flexible software interface that offers robust performance. It enables you to transfer files from your laptop to the server, monitor and capture activity from the connected device as video for records or instructional purposes, and take screenshots and scale the display window to full-screen mode or smaller, without scroll bars. 

Compact portability

This compact crash cart adapter lets you connect to a headless device using only a laptop, eliminating the need to lug around an awkward, traditional server room crash cart. With optimal portability in mind for your mobile administration or repairs, this pocket-sized adapter features a small footprint and lightweight design that easily fits inside your laptop bag.

The adapter is USB powered so you won't need to carry a power adapter. Plus, the KVM cables are attached to the crash cart adapter so you won't need additional accessories to connect it to your server. The built-in cables have been engineered with strain relief, preventing them from wearing or breaking.

Universal connectivity

With no server-side software installation required, the USB crash cart adapter provides BIOS-level control of any PC or device that has both a VGA port and a USB port.

The NOTECONS02X is backed by a 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.


  • Travel to remote server rooms to perform on-site maintenance on a wide variety of servers and terminals
  • Keep your routine diagnostics and repairs portable, by replacing a bulky crash cart
  • Gain full console access to servers located in small spaces, or congested server racks where a fixed-installation console is not feasible
  • Perform maintenance on headless servers or other computers, such as ATMs and VLT terminals, that don’t support a monitor, keyboard or mouse

Partner Numbers

  • Dicker Data Australia NOTECONS02X
  • Ingram Micro Australia 3072736
  • UPC 065030862240


  • Linux logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows 11 logo
  • Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) logo
  • macOS Sierra (10.12) logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • macOS High Sierra (10.13) logo
  • macOS Mojave (10.14) logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
  • macOS Catalina (10.15) logo
  • macOS Big Sur (11.0) logo
  • macOS Monterey (12.0) logo
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.9 to 10.15, 11.0, 12.0
Linux 2.6 to 4.11 (LTS Versions Only; glibc 2.18 or newer required)


Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Console Interface(s) USB Mini-B (5 pin)
1 - Host Connectors USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Humidity 80% RH
Hardware Audio No
KVM Ports 1
PC Interface USB
PC Video Type VGA
Number of Monitors Supported 1
Rack-Mountable No
Cables Included Yes
Daisy-Chain No
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators Host/Server Video (VGA) Link
User Console/USB Link
Host/Server Keyboard/Mouse USB Link
Packaging Information Package Height 1,9 in [47 mm]
Package Length 11,9 in [30,1 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 1,0 lb [0,5 kg]
Package Width 6,5 in [16,5 cm]
Performance On-Screen Display No
IP Control No
Hot-Key Selection No
Maximum Analog Resolutions 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
Maximum Number of Users 1
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Plastic
Cable Length 16,4 in [416 mm]
1 x 15in (385mm) USB host cable, 1 x 3in (76mm) VGA host cable, 1 x 6ft (1.8m) USB Console cable
Product Length 4,9 in [12,5 cm]
Product Width 3,5 in [88 mm]
Product Height 0,9 in [2,2 cm]
Product Depth 4,5 in [115 mm]
Weight of Product 8,6 oz [244 g]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, 11
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.9 to 10.15, 11.0, 12.0
Linux 2.6 to 4.11 (LTS Versions Only; glibc 2.18 or newer required)
Special Notes / Requirements Note If you're interfacing with a Linux device, this adapter is only compatible with standard QWERTY keyboards in U.S English configuration
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package Rugged crash cart adapter
USB A to Mini-B cable
USB software key
Quick start guide


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Frequently Asked Questions


Starting in High Sierra 10.13, macOS enforces stricter security policies than previous revisions. As a result of these changes, software packages, like those used in this installation, will need to be allowed within the macOS Security and Privacy settings, immediately after the software has been installed, in order for the device to operate.

To allow the software, follow these steps after you've completed installation on your Mac:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Security & Privacy.
  3. Click the Allow button near the bottom of the General tab.

Note: The option to allow the software will be available within the Security & Privacy settings for 30 minutes. If the software is not allowed within that time frame, the software must be reinstalled in order for macOS to grant the opportunity to allow it again.

In order to view the computer connected to the laptop crash cart adapter, you must install the software package either from the USB stick or website. The software must be installed prior to using the device on your computer.

Hardware requirements

You require the following components in your hardware setup:

  • A host computer with a female VGA and USB ports. This is the computer that will be controlled.
  • A client computer running Windows with an available USB port. This computer will control the host computer.

Install the software

Drivers and software must be installed on the client computer before you connect the components. To install the software, complete the following:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the website ( You can find the part number and product ID on the product packaging.

Note: Windows typically saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. When the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, navigate to the Windows folder, right-click the Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and software.

Install the hardware

  1. Connect the USB and VGA cables from the crash cart adapter to the host computer.
  2. Connect the mini USB cable to the crash cart adapter and the client computer.

Plug in the crash cart adapter and run the USB Crash Cart software. The software automatically detects the settings of the connected computer and shows the display from the computer. When you move the mouse cursor to the display, the keyboard and mouse control is redirected from the client to the host computer.

In order to view the computer connected to the KVM console adapter, you must install the software package either from the USB stick or the website. The software must be installed prior to using the device on your computer. To install the software, do the following:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the website ( You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Mac OS X will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example,hard_drive_name\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Double-click the Software file.
  2. Double-click the Mac folder.
  3. Double-click the Install.dmg file.
  4. Double-click USB Crash Cart Adapter.

The program is now located on the desktop and is ready to run.


Monitors may begin flickering when they receive a signal of insufficient quality. There are a few potential fixes available that will help to improve the signal quality in order to eliminate flickering:

  • Replace Video Cables with high-quality Video Cables (e.g. upgrade DisplayPort 1.2 Cables to DisplayPort 1.4 Cables).
  • Use shorter Video Cables to reduce signal attenuation.
  • When possible, remove Video Adapters to use native Video Connection Types (e.g. go from VGA to VGA, or DisplayPort to DisplayPort)
  • For DisplayPort Monitors, try changing the DisplayPort Version on the Monitor. For information on how to change your Monitor Settings refer to the Manual from the Monitor Manufacturer.
  • Update the Drivers for the Computer’s GPU to the latest available from the Monitor Manufacturer.

When you troubleshoot issues with a USB crash cart adapter, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables
  • Video source
  • Computer system
  • USB crash cart adapter

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, video source, computer, and USB crash cart adapter in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
  • Use a different video cable, video source, computer, and USB crash cart adapter 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 test the video cables, video source, and the USB crash cart adapter, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  2. If the device is listed with an error, follow the instructions on the website to reinstall the drivers.

In order for the adapter to work correctly, the software must be installed on your operating system. After the software is installed on your operating system, run the software. The software automatically detects the video source when it is present on the video port.

You can use the USB crash cart adapter software to capture video. Videos taken on the attached host computer are saved on the client computer that's running the USB crash cart software.

Note: When you record videos, the file transfer feature is temporarily blocked.

To record videos, complete the following:

  1. In the USB crash card adapter software, click the record button.
  2. Specify the location where you want to save the files.
  3. Specify how long you want to record for in seconds.


If the video works on your client computer but the keyboard or mouse is not working with your laptop crash cart adapter, try the following:

  • Make sure that the USB cable on the laptop crash cart adapter is firmly connected to the host computer.
  • If you're using multiple monitors with the host computer, make sure that the VGA cable connected to the laptop crash cart adapter is connected to the primary monitor.
  • Under Keyboard, change the Active emulation type to PS/2.

How To

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

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

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 and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

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 and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Needs improvement.

By: radmanrugg - 10/07/2017
KVM usually works. Mac Software: Right now I upgraded to High Sierra and the software stopped working. Trying to find a solution. Before that I often have to reset the video to get it to take a change in resolution during POST on some servers rather that automatically. The MAC software could use more keys (del) on the optional key window or user selectable keys to keep handy. Also the keys should be mapped to button in the window title and not in a separate window. It is nice that I can get to F keys which on a Mac is a bit of a pain to use the keyboard since they default to other functions. Could also use a Video reset button. Also could scale the video captured to scale to the current window size. It does to some degree but has grey areas around the video if the resolution is smaller than the window. Hardware: It is fairly rugged. It has 2 wire connections on one side (console side) and a USB plug hole on the other. So I have to fiddle with unplugging the USB and trying to coil up the cords on the other side which includes a giant RFI core on the Video cable and the giant video cable end. Its ends up being messier than it should be to be put in a backpack. Also if and pins get bent on the 15 pin VGA cord you are done with no way to repair. It would be a huge improvement if the console side (VGA / USB) had just connectors so you could 1) use any cable length you want 2) allow you to replace the video cable once they inevitably wear out due to a large number of insertion cycles and normal wear and tear. As it is the video cable is short and after a so many insertion cycles won't stay in the connectors under its own weight. If I could just plug a cable of my choice in, I could rest it on the floor with a longer set of cables. I did purchase VGA and USB extension cables that help but the connections are again a disturbance in ability to coil up when done. Over all this needs improvement. 1 Mac Software needs Video reset button to affect sensed resolution on console window or better detection in the first place 2 Video capture should scale up if window is bigger than the capture. 3 Mac Software needs User define-able keys on for extra keys (lots of keys I don't use and 1 I don't have (del key)). 4 Mac on screen hot keys should be allowed in the title bar as compared to another window. 5 Hardware needs video connectors directly on the unit for all 3 cables. 6 Case could use a design that allows cables to be wrapped around it for storage / transportation. But right now this is probably the best portable console you can get right now. So I am not directing you to anything else. Just hope Star Tech upgrades this thing before someone comes along and makes a better one.
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Malcolm, Customer Support on 10/10/2017 12:09:21 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share your detailed feedback about our NOTECONS02X Laptop-to-Server KVM Console. This is the second model of this type of product we have released, and we are always looking for ways to improve. The latest drivers/software have been tested and confirmed working with macOS High Sierra (10.13). Please ensure you have downloaded the latest version available here: We have Technical Support Advisors ready 24 hours, 5 days a week, to help with any problems. To reach us, visit:
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Invaluable for working in the field!

By: richc - 11/02/2018
We purchased these because we often need to console a system in the field and console using the lights out management interface isn't reliable. With this KVM Console we can use our laptops to access the console on our systems in the field instead of configuring remote console over Ethernet and relying on out of band management to access our system consoles.
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(4 Stars)

I wish we could use this, but...

By: Joshua H - 12/09/2020
I am in the Military and work on a lot of secure systems with secure laptops. We use the NOTECONS01, which is a great tool to KVM into our servers with. The military does not allow USB mass storage drivers or file transfer through USB. The NOTECONS02X allows file transfer between the server it's plugged into and the laptop, which would be a major security violation on our networks. We'd love to upgrade to this device, but cannot due to this feature. We'll be sticking with the NOTECONS01 till a model comes out that does not support the file transfer options. Hope they don't stop making it till that happens.
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