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8 Port 1U Rackmount USB PS/2 KVM Switch with OSD

Control up to 8 USB or PS/2-connected computers from one keyboard, mouse and monitor

Product ID: SV831DUSBGB

  • Connect USB and PS/2 based computer systems
  • OS independent – No software or drivers required
  • Auto-scan function cycles through computers sequentially
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  • Cascade configuration expands system capability
  • Front panel push-buttons and Hot-key functions allow for easy switching
  • On Screen Display (OSD) supports naming connected computers
  • USB & PS2 console interfaces for keyboard and mouse
  • OSD security option allows selected PCs to be password protected from unauthorized use
  • Rugged, all-metal 1U chassis for use in harsh environments and space-saving cabinets
€ 447,99 EUR exc VAT
€ 546,55 EUR inc VAT

Overview

The SV831DUSBGB 8 Port 1U Rack Mount USB PS/2 KVM Switch with OSD offers a dependable computer management tool that allows you to control up to 8 USB or PS/2 connected computers from a single keyboard, mouse and monitor.

The KVM switch offers maximum control, allowing you to switch computers using hotkey commands or front panel push-buttons, and offers the added convenience of an On Screen Display to quickly access configuration options.

A suitable addition to server room operations, the 8 port switch can be rack-mounted into 1U of cabinet space, and can be cascaded with multiple KVM switches to deliver control of up to 56 computers from this single switch.

This high quality USB PS/2 KVM Switch is TAA compliant and backed by a StarTech.com 3-year warranty with free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Cascade configuration adds scalability and offers support for control of up to 56 computers
  • Rugged, solid steel rack-mountable case offers durability even in harsh environments
  • Absolutely no software or drivers required providing a completely OS independent KVM solution

Applications

Add single console administration to your Co-location/ISP facility saving you time and money

Create a scalable, streamlined access solution in your Datacenter or Server Farm

Perfect for manufacturing line computer control, simplifying access to multiple systems

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

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 3 Years
Hardware
Audio No
Cables Included No
Daisy-Chain Yes
KVM Ports 8
Number of Monitors Supported 1
PC Interface USB and PS/2
PC Video Type VGA
Rack-Mountable Yes
Performance
Hot-Key Selection Yes
IP Control No
Maximum Analog Resolutions 1920 x 1440 @60hz
Maximum Cascaded Computers 64
Maximum Number of Users 1
On-Screen Display Yes
Port Selection Support Push Button, Hotkeys, and OSD (On Screen Display)
Software
OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Power
Center Tip Polarity Positive
Input Current 0.2 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 0.6 A
Output Voltage 9 DC
Plug Type M
Power Consumption (In Watts) 5.4
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Color Black
Enclosure Type Steel
Product Height 45 mm [1.8 in]
Product Length 438 mm [17.2 in]
Product Weight 2900 g [102.4 oz]
Product Width 180 mm [7.1 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 3.5 kg [7.6 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - StarView 8 Port KVM Switch
1 - Mounting Brackets(16/8 port only)
1 - PS/2 keyboard and mouse Y cable (16/8 port only)
1 - EU Power Adapter
1 - UK Power Adapter
4 - foot pads
1 - User Manual
Supports any operating system.
No additional drivers or software required.

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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.