Buying a KVM
February 7, 2005 12:46 PM   Subscribe

I need a solid, 8-port USB rackmount KVM. I do not need PS/2 support, nor a KVM that cheats by converting PS/2 to USB, which does not work with Sun or Apple servers. I can do a Google search, but does anyone have recommendations? I'm on a budget and can spend about $500 or so.
posted by AlexReynolds to Shopping (2 answers total)
Check out Black Box and go to their customer service link. You can punch in your phone # and they will call you within seconds and you can talk to someone who will help you find what you need.

They've got just about every KVM application ever built.
posted by TeamBilly at 1:34 PM on February 7, 2005

I use an IOGear 4-port KVM at home and it's pretty awesome. It's USB only, like you mentioned. Here is a rack-mountable 8 port KVM from them: IOGEAR GCS138 KVM

Because it's USB, there is a noticeable 2 or 3 second delay before the mouse and keyboard start working after a switch. However, there's none of the PS/2 weirdness you get on PS/2 KVMs (i.e. screwed up keyboard repeat rate, mouse wheel stops working, mouse moves slower/faster than usual). Don't know how I lived without this thing.
posted by knave at 3:39 PM on February 7, 2005

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