kyrrin at bluefeathertech.com
Sun Aug 13 10:41:06 CDT 2006
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On 12-Aug-06 at 15:48 Don wrote:
>It doesn't take long to realize that this is a non-solution:
>- keyboards are PS2, Sun, USB, ADB, etc.
>- mice are PS2, Serial, Sun, USB, ADB, etc.
>- video is Sun's 13W3, HD15, DEC's RGB, apple's DB15, etc.
>Does anyone make a *truly* universal KVM (i.e. so that
>I can mix and match all of these flavors)? And, how
>outrageously priced is it?
Yes indeed. I've seen a couple of them at RE-PC in Tukwila (Washington). They were made by Cybex, and bear the name 'Commander.'
They consist of a mainframe which is configured for different system types through the use of different plug-in modules. The cables are interesting in that they're all high-density D-sub shell (D-25 sized, but about 70 or so pins) at the switch end, and the other end fanned out into KV and M plugs appropriate for the system you were working with. The mainframe itself accepted a standard PC keyboard and mouse (PS/2 style), and electronically adapted it to drive whatever was plugged into the switch.
That's in the surplus arena. It is also my understanding that Raritan, Avocent (formerly Apex) and others make current-production universal switches. However, most of them seem to have price tags in the low four-figure range.
Bruce Lane, Owner & Head Hardware Heavy,
Blue Feather Technologies -- http://www.bluefeathertech.com
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