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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

  • 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
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  • Supports resolutions up to 1920x1200
  • Mounting hardware included
£802.99 GBP exc VAT
£963.59 GBP inc VAT
17+ In stock

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Overview

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

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Audio No
Daisy-Chain No
KVM Ports 2
Number of Monitors Supported 1
PC Interface USB
PC Video Type VGA
Rack-Mountable Yes
Performance
IP Control No
Maximum Analog Resolutions 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
Maximum Number of Users 1
Connector(s)
Console Interface(s) 1 - USB Mini-B (5 pin) Female
Host Connectors 2 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub) Male Input
2 - USB B (4 pin) Female
Other Interface(s) 1 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub) Female Input
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Female
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
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
Indicators
LED Indicators 1 - port 1 activity LED
1 - port 2 activity LED
1 - console activity and link LED
1 - keyboard/mouse activity and link LED
1 - host/server video (VGA) Link
Power
Input Current 0.75 A
Input Voltage 100 ~ 240 AC
Output Current 3 A
Output Voltage 5 DC
Plug Type N
Power Consumption (In Watts) 15
Power Source AC Adapter Included
Environmental
Humidity 80% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -40°C to 70°C (-40°F to 158°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 416 mm [16.4 in]
Color Black
Enclosure Type Steel
Product Depth 260 mm [10.2 in]
Product Height 25 mm [1 in]
Product Length 195 mm [7.7 in]
Product Weight 365 g [12.9 oz]
Product Width 100 mm [3.9 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 1.5 kg [3.2 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - 2-port laptop-to-KVM console adapter
2 - mounting brackets
2 - 2-in-1 USB and VGA cables - 6 ft
1 - USB A to Mini-B cable
1 - USB software key
1 - universal power adapter (NA/EU/UK/AU)
1 - quick install guide

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11 (LTS Versions only)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

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.

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.

Troubleshooting

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. Do one of the following:

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.

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

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