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Glossary of Technical Terms

Desktop KVM switch



A Desktop KVM switch (Keyboard Video Mouse switch) is a device used to connect a single peripheral set (including mouse, keyboard and monitor) to multiple computers. KVM switches serve many purposes including use as server control points in data centers, or simply to save desk space when multiple computers are being used by one user. This device is classified as "desktop", based on it's form factor, which is designed to discreetly integrate into a desktop setting, as opposed to a rack-mountable environment.