KVM Console to USB 2.0 Portable Laptop Crash Cart Adapter
Turn any laptop into a console for headless servers, PCs, ATMs, kiosks and more
Product ID: NOTECONS01
- Very small footprint with integrated KVM cables
- Self-powered – draws its power from the server USB connections
- Multi-platform support USB and PS/2 to the server or KVM (PS/2 for Keyboard Only)
The NOTECONS01 KVM Console to USB 2.0 Portable Laptop Crash Cart Adapter turns your notebook or netbook into a portable server crashcart, eliminating the need to lug around a large, heavy and awkward video screen, keyboard, and mouse. This adapter delivers the VGA stream from any host computer to a laptop and emulates the laptop mouse and keyboard outputs for simple access and control of connected servers, PCs or other "headless" devices.
With portability for the mobile administrator or repair technician in mind, this USB-powered adapter features a small-footprint design that requires no additional accessories to connect to most servers, and requires no server-side software installation. Plus, the pocket-sized adapter draws its power from the server-side USB connections, allowing the laptop/netbook to last longer without consuming battery power.
Ensuring full control of the connected units, the Laptop KVM Server Console Adapter provides immediate access to the POST screen and BIOS, plus the ability to handle full configuration of the attached PC or machine; administrators can connect to a headless server/device without the need of an expensive LCD rackmount console or bulky monitor, keyboard and mouse solution.
Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.
How it works:
The StarTech.com Advantage
- Ultra high resolution support up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz – The highest resolution portable console available
- No power adapter needed - Draws power from the server side USB connection saving your laptop’s battery life, and avoiding the hassle of finding 110V outlets in the server room or remote locations
- Small, ruggedized casing (similar to the size of a cellphone) is easily stored and transported; with no server-side software requirement, you will be up and running in seconds
Eliminates the need for huge, bulky crash carts in the server room or distributed networks
Cost effective solution for areas where dedicated rack mounted LCD Consoles are too pricey or cumbersome to install
Headless Server maintenance
Mobile server repair
ATM and VLT maintenance and repair
|Number of Monitors Supported||1|
|PC Interface||USB and PS/2|
|PC Video Type||VGA|
|Maximum Analog Resolutions||1920x1200 @ 60Hz|
|Maximum Number of Users||1|
|Console Interface(s)||1 - USB Mini-B (5 pin) Female Input|
|Host Connectors||1 - PS/2 (6 pin, Mini-DIN) Male|
|1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male|
|1 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub) Male|
|OS Compatibility||Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.9
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x (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|
|LED Indicators||1 - Host/Server Keyboard/Mouse (USB,PS/2) Link|
|1 - Host/Server Video (VGA) Link|
|1 - User Console/USB Link|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)|
|Storage Temperature||-40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)|
|Cable Length||1 x 15in (385mm) USB host cable, 1 x 3in (76mm) VGA host cable, 1 x 6ft (1.8m) USB Console cable|
|Product Depth||4.5 in [115 mm]|
|Product Height||0.6 in [15 mm]|
|Product Weight||6 oz [170 g]|
|Product Width||2.9 in [74 mm]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||0.9 lb [0.4 kg]|
|What's in the Box|
|Included in Package||1 - USB PS/2 KVM Console Adapter|
|1 - USB Cable|
|1 - USB to PS/2 Adapter|
|1 - USB Software Key|
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.9
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x (LTS Versions Only)
Turn any laptop into a portable console for rack servers, PCs, ATMs, kiosks and more
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
Instantly turn your laptop into a 2-port KVM console, by connecting it to this rackmounted crash cart adapter
Control and transfer files between two Windows computers using a single keyboard and mouse
Drivers & Downloads
Frequently Asked Questions
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 StarTech.com website. The software must be installed prior to using the device on your computer.
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:
- 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 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).
- When the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
- 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.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and software.
Install the hardware
- Connect the USB and VGA cables from the crash cart adapter to the host computer.
- 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.
Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).
- Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.
Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).
- After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
- In the list of extracted files, double-click the setup.exe file.
- Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.
- After your computer restarts, connect the USB crash cart adapter to your computer.
Your device should be ready to use.
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:
- 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).
- Double-click the Software Pack.zip file.
- Double-click the Mac folder.
- Double-click the Install.dmg file.
- Double-click USB Crash Cart Adapter.
The program is now located on the desktop and is ready to run.
To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:
- Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
- 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.
To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:
- Click the Apple icon.
- Click About This Mac.
- Click More Info or System Report.
- 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.
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:
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:
Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager.
Do one of the following:
- If you do not see the USB crash cart adapter listed, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#usb-cannot-detect-windows.
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.
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.
* Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.