2-port KVM Console Adapter - Laptop-to-Server

Instantly turn your laptop into a 2-port KVM console, by connecting it to this rackmounted crash cart adapter

Product ID: SV231USBLC

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  • Save cost with an innovative design that uses your laptop as a 2-port KVM console
  • Hassle-free 2-port server access with intuitive design and software
  • Intuitive software included for laptop-to-server file transfers and screen capturing
Your price
$19,464.79 MXN
VAT included in the price

This 2-port USB crash-cart adapter gives you KVM control of your servers, directly from your laptop. It’s a convenient solution for routine diagnostics, maintenance and updates for small-scale server applications, giving you full console access to servers located in small spaces, or congested server racks. It’s also perfect for environments where a fixed-installation console server isn’t feasible, such as in a server closet or wall-mounted server rack.

Maximize your IT budget, minimize your hassle

The USB crash-cart adapter offers a cost-effective and convenient way to access and control your servers. At a fraction of the cost of a rack-mounted LCD console, installing this easy-to-use adapter means not having to wheel around a conventional server-room crash cart.

Instead of the expense of a dedicated rack console, or hassle of a full-scale crash cart, you can multi-purpose your laptop and save your IT budget by using equipment you already have on hand.

Streamline your server maintenance

Using the included software, the adapter can do things that regular KVMs can’t. The software provides a robust and flexible interface that lets you view your servers on your full laptop screen, without scroll bars, and lets you reduce the viewing window so that you can work on your laptop and servers at the same time to maximize your productivity.

The software also supports file transfers between your laptop and the servers, which is perfect for server software updates and patches. The adapter’s software also offers video capture support, so you can record your activity on the servers as video, which you can later use for verification or instructional purposes.

Get up and running in minutes

The USB crash cart is easy to install, using the included mounting brackets and 2-in-1 USB and VGA cables. Installing the included software on your laptop is also easy, using the included pre-loaded USB key.

The SV231USBLC is backed by a 2-year StarTech.com warranty, and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Access your servers using your laptop, to avoid the expense of a rackmount console
  • Gain full console access to servers located in small spaces, or congested server racks where a fixed-installation console is not feasible, such as in a server closet or in a wall-mounted server rack
  • Create instructional videos or keep records of your server activities, using screen captures you've taken from your servers

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030862998

Compatibility

  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 8 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 10 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
Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15, 11.0
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11 (LTS Versions only)

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Console Interface(s) USB Mini-B (5 pin)
2 - Host Connectors VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub)
USB B (4 pin)
1 - Other Interface(s) VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub)
USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
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 2
PC Interface USB
PC Video Type VGA
Number of Monitors Supported 1
Rack-Mountable Yes
Daisy-Chain No
Indicators 1 - LED Indicators port 1 activity LED
port 2 activity LED
console activity and link LED
keyboard/mouse activity and link LED
host/server video (VGA) Link
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 3.2 lb [1.5 kg]
Package Length 14.4 in [36.5 cm]
Package Width 11.3 in [28.8 cm]
Package Height 2.8 in [70 mm]
Performance IP Control No
Maximum Analog Resolutions 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
Maximum Number of Users 1
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Steel
Cable Length 16.4 in [41.6 cm]
Product Length 7.7 in [19.5 cm]
Product Width 3.9 in [100 mm]
Product Height 1.0 in [25 mm]
Product Depth 10.2 in [26 cm]
Weight of Product 12.9 oz [365 g]
Power Power Source AC Adapter Included
Input Voltage 100 - 240 AC
Input Current 0.75 A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Output Current 3 A
Plug Type N
Power Consumption (In Watts) 15
Software OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019
macOS 10.6 to 10.15, 11.0
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11 (LTS Versions only)
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 2-port laptop-to-KVM console adapter
2 - Included in Package mounting brackets
2-in-1 USB and VGA cables - 6 ft
1 - Included in Package USB A to Mini-B cable
USB software key
universal power adapter (NA/EU/UK/AU)
quick install guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

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 KVM console adapter, you must install the software package either from the USB stick or the StarTech.com 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 StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

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

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select 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 select 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.

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

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 StarTech.com 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 StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). 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 Pack.zip 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.

Troubleshooting

Wanneer u problemen probeert op te lossen met een USB-crash cart adapter, zijn er enkele snelle tests die u kunt uitvoeren om mogelijke problemen uit te sluiten. U kunt testen of de volgende componenten goed werken en niet de oorzaak van het probleem zijn:

  • Videokabels
  • Videobron
  • Computersysteem
  • USB crash cart adapter

Probeer het volgende om uw installatiecomponenten te testen:

  • Gebruik de videokabels, videobron, computer en USB crash cart adapter in een andere configuratie om te zien of het probleem door de componenten of de configuratie wordt veroorzaakt.
  • Gebruik een andere videokabel, videobron, computer en USB crash cart adapter in uw configuratie om te zien of het probleem nog steeds aanwezig is. Idealiter zou u een component moeten testen waarvan u weet dat deze in een andere configuratie werkt.

Bij het testen van uw kabels raden wij u het volgende aan:

  • Test elke kabel afzonderlijk.
  • Gebruik kortere kabels.

Als u de videokabels, videobron en de USB crash cart adapter test, raden wij u het volgende aan:

  1. Druk op de Windows-toets + R, typ devmgmt.msc en druk op Enter om Apparaatbeheer te openen. 
  2. Als het apparaat een fout heeft, moet u de stuurprogramma's opnieuw installeren en daarbij de instructies op de website volgen.

Om de adapter goed te laten werken, moet de software op uw besturingssysteem worden geïnstalleerd. Nadat de software op uw besturingssysteem is geïnstalleerd, start u de software. De software detecteert automatisch de videobron, wanneer deze op de videopoort is aangesloten.

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.

If you experience issues when you attempt to change your resolution, complete the following:

  1. Click Video > Advanced > Set DDC2B max resolution.
  2. Select your desired resolution.
  3. Do one of the following:
  • Unplug the VGA connections from the servers and then plug them back in again.
  • Turn off the SV231USBLC and then turn it back on again.

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 www.StarTech.com 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 www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

Compliance letters

  • RoHS
    • Language: English
  • WEEE
    • Language: English

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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