What does a KVM switch do?

What does a KVM switch do?

  •  October 7, 2022

Overview

a KVM switch is a device that allows you to promptly and simply switch between multiple PCs or servers from a single console (keyboard, monitor, mouse setup). A KVM switch provides greater efficiency, management, space and savings. 

 

How to find the right KVM switch?

You might already have in mind the number of computers you want to control. When shopping for a KVM switch, you will notice that each model name has numbers written in front of it (For example: 2X1 KVM Switch). What this means is that the KVM switch can control up to 2 computers using one KVM switch device. If you were looking to control up to 4 computers, you’d look for a 4x1 KVM Switch. 

Are you looking to share headphones and microphones between your computers? If so, you’ll want to look for a KVM switch with a stereo 3.5mm input and output. If your KVM switch does not have this feature, or something similar , sharing your audio sources will not be possible. 

Do you you prefer to view all inputs simultaneously on one screen? This feature is called multiviewer out. This feature is ideal for those who prefer to or need to have all inputs accessible on one screen. Inputs in this case refer to the computers being used. 

What’s your required resolution? KVM switches typically come with 4K support or 1080p support. Most KVM switches will support resolutions up to 4K, although some KVM switches are only capable of supporting up to 1080p.

Do I need High Definition Content Protection (HDCP)? HDCP compliant products protect your content from being stolen or misused; which adds an extra layer of security. This feature might be ideal for most users for this specific product due to the application, computer information. 

 

Overall, KVM switches are simple yet very effective devices. To learn about BZBGEAR’s KVM switches, visit: bzbgear.com.

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