Rackmounted Monitor Keyboard Devices Explained

What Rackmounted Device is best for my situation?

There are four main types of rackmounted devices: monitors, LCDs, KVMs, and keyboards. All are a very cost effective and energy efficient, because they help control many servers from one general device. Also, most rackmount equipment is usually 1U to 2U deep, which helps save valuable rack space. These units are used in a wide range of government, educational, medical, and commercial applications.

Rackmount Monitors are integrated systems that combine keyboard, monitor, and touchpad/trackball mouse. They also support HD resolutions 1080p; 1920 x 1080 HDMI, are backwards compatible, as well as support USB and PS2 keyboard interfaces. Our most popular rackmount device is RKD-KVM-17-WHDE is has the perfect size with its 17” widescreen HDMI, DVI-D and VGA Video monitor keyboard, and touchpad that fit in a 1U drawer.

Rackmount Keyboards, usually include a touchpad or trackball mouse in 1U rack space. They do not include a monitor, but can be integrated with a rackmounted KVM. The KVM-RKD-2E is a prime example of a rackmount keyboard and has a 104 key notepad, a touchpad mouse, and ability to use USB or PS2.

Rackmount LCDs can be hi-def, standard definition, or industrial grade. Industrial grade Rackmount LCDs can be equipped with either a durable aluminum bezel for face mounting, or they can use an open from design for installation inside a secured device. They can be 1U to 8U tall and a variety of sizes from 6” for industrial displays and ranging from 17” and larger for rack installations. RKMTL-7U-17-HDV is 6U 17″ Widescreen 1080p High Resolution 1920 x 1080 Rackmount LCD Monitor with HDMI, DVI-D and VGA Connectors. These units are popularly used for surveillance, monitoring and government projects.

Rackmount KVM is a headless unit that includes 4 to 32 ports and can be cascaded to connect up to 256 servers. They can have remote IP control of servers and use VGA, DVI, USB, and PS2. KVM-HDDVI-12P is a cross-platform KVM Switch capable of sharing a DVI monitor, USB Keyboard, USB Mouse, and stereo audio between twelve computers. It is popular not only for supporting the DVI interface, but because it also supports 1920×1200 and 1080p video resolutions.

Though the default power supply for the rackmount products is 100-240V AC, most of them are available with optional 12/24/48V DC power supplies. This makes them ideal for installation in mobile rack solutions.

HDMI Splitter and Extenders for Digital Signage and Gaming Applications

HDMI Splitters allow for the simultaneous display of images and audio from one HDMI source to multiple HDMI LCDs or TVs. CAT5e/CAT6 HDMI Splitter Extenders are a cost effective solution compared to standard HDMI cables for longer distances. They are available in 2 port, 4 port and 8 port units. These devices support Full HD 1920×1080 (1080p) resolution, but that can vary depending upon the device and distance. HDMI Distribution Amplifiers can be cascaded together to display the same high quality image on up to 64 HDMI LCDs or TVs and, because HDMI and DVI are backwards compatible, users can use HDMI to DVI or DVI to HDMI converters or cables for certain applications. Because of their versatility, HDMI splitter devices are frequently used in homes, offices, educational institutes, theaters, restaurants, military, and government facilities that need to connect audio/video HDMI equipment. They are optimal for use in sports bars, home theaters, and video gaming setups for media distribution as well as and commercial advertising.

What HDMI Splitter is best for my Situation?

Users needing to connect a single audio/video device to two screens less than 50ft, should use a product like the 2 Port 3D HDMI Splitter (HDMI-2P-3D), which is capable of supporting a maximum 1920×1080 (1080p) resolution and has a video bandwidth of single link 225 Mhz (6.75Gbps).

4 Port HDMI Splitter Extender over CAT5/6 UTP Cable

4 Port HDMI Splitter Extender over CAT5/6 UTP Cable Image

Integrators wishing to connect a single video device to four sources over longer distances (1080p up to 100ft, 720p up to 180ft) over Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7, should use a product like the 4 Port HDMI Extender over CAT5e/6 UTP (HDMI-CATSP-4), which is capable of a maximum WUXGA 1920×1200 resolution at 60Hz and has a video amplified bandwidth up to 1.65 Gbps per channel. This device includes four receivers and has full EDID support.

Want to connect many sources to multiple outputs?

8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch 3D

8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch 3D Image

Then use an 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch 3D with Digital Audio, Infra Red Remote, RS232 and TCP/IP Control (HD-MTX-88-A). The 8×8 HDMI Matrix connects up to 8 sources and 8 outputs with 8 EDID modes. On any Output, you can take advantage of the SPDIF (coaxial digital) audio output which allows audio to connect directly to an audio receiver. The S/PDIF can carry two channels of uncompressed lossless PCM audio or compressed 5.1/7.1 surround sound such as Dolby Digital Plus or DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. It has a video bandwidth of 340 MHz and a total of 6.75Gbps. This unit is compatible with all HDMI source devices, PC monitors, Plasma HD display, HDTV and audio receivers/amplifiers. It supports a wide range of HD resolutions from PC XGA to WUXGA 1920×1200 and HDTV/DTV resolutions 480i/480p, 576i/576p, 720p, 1080i & 1080p. The 8×8 HDMI Matrix is optimal for use in restaurants and sports bars playing multiple sources on multiple screens.
To find more affordable HDMI Splitter products, contact our support team at 866-865-7737.

HDMI Extender Products for a Wide Range of Different Applications

HDMI Extender allows you to extend HDMI devices up to 330ft away over Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cables and up to 984ft away over fiber optic cables. They come in single port, two port, four ports, and eight port HDMI splitter extender units which extend to one/two/four/eight devices correspondingly. These Extenders are comprised of a transmitter and the appropriate number of receivers. The transmitter unit connects to the HDMI source and the receiver units connect to HDMI displays. HDMI Extenders can be used in homes, offices, educational institutes, medical facilities, and other large buildings that need to connect audio/video HDMI equipment over long distances. HDMI over Cat5 Extenders are optimal for use in home theaters and video gaming setups too.

What CAT5 HDMI Extender is best for my situation?

HDMI Extender over single Cat5e/6 cables upto 164ft

HDMI-1CATHD- HDMI Extender over single Cat5e/6 cables upto 164ft

Users needing to connect an audio/visual device like a large TV display to show announcements at a community center, over a distance under 164ft over a single Cat6 cable, should use a device like the HDMI Extender over Single CAT5e/6 (HDMI-1CATHD), which is capable of supporting a maximum 1080p video resolution. It can also be used to display content from Blue Ray players, DVD players, video gaming consoles, and other hi-definition multimedia devices.

HDMI Extender over two Cat5e/6 cables upto 200ft

HDMI-2CATHD- HDMI Extender over two Cat5e/6 cables upto 200ft

Users wishing to connect a HDMI device up to 200ft away like projector in a school assembly room should use a device like the HDMI Extender over two Cat5e/6 Cable (HDMI-2CATHD). These extenders basically do the same thing as HDMI over one CAT5 Cable Extender, but allow extension up to 200 ft away instead of only 164ft. This extender is very popular among educational institutions because of its ability to connect to existing Cat5 infrastructure and its affordability.

HDMI Extender up to 330 ft with full HD 1080p

HDMI Extender up to 330 ft with full HD 1080p, HDMIEXT14-330

Users wanting to connect to displays as far away as 330ft with faster bandwidth (up to 10.2 Gbps) and connect 3D devices should use an HDBaseT capable device like the HDMI Extender with Full HD 1080p, Multi-channel Audio, Bi-Directional IR, RS232, 3D Over CAT5e/6 (HDMIEXT14-330). This HDBaseT HDMI Extender still uses only a single Cat6 cable but supports 4Kx2K video resolution. The HDMI 3D Extender also has bi-directional RS232 and IR control.

HDMI Fiber Optic Extender up to 1000ft

HDMIFOEXT-1000- HDMI Fiber Optic Extender up to 1000ft

Users needing to connect over even longer distances (under 984ft) and wanting to limit interference, which would be important in connecting video surveillance cameras or conducting teleconferences, should use a device like the HDMI over Fiber Optic Extender (HDMIFOEXT-1000). The Fiber Optic HDMI Extender connects with fiber optic cables and supports 480p to 1080p video resolution. This high bandwidth, low latency, long distance HDMI solution is a cost-effective solution for critical installations.
All the devices above are for only one display and one source. If you are looking to connect more than one display use a Cat5 HDMI Splitter Extender. For installations requiring more than one source, installers will need to use a HDMI Matrix. To find the best deals on CAT5 HDMI Splitter Extender and HDMI Matrix, see www.KVMSwitchTech.com or contact our support team at TOLL FREE- 866-865-7737.

Cat5 DVI Extender Solutions

DVI Extenders allow you to extend DVI devices up to 300ft away over Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cables and up to 3280ft away over fiber optic cables. They come in single, double, 4, or 8 port DVI splitter extender units which extend to one/two/four/eight devices correspondingly. These digital extenders are comprised of a transmitter and receiver, but usually sold separately. The transmitter unit connects to the DVI source and the receiver unit connects to a DVI display. Most units support a maximum 1920×1200 resolution, but the supported resolutions can vary according to distance. DVI Extension devices are most commonly used in corporate offices, educational institutes, medical and scientific facilities, and other large industrial buildings that need to connect audio/video DVI equipment.

What Cat5 DVI Extender is Best for my Situation?

1 Port DVI Extender over CAT5e/6

Integrators needing to connect a single video device for remote observation of an industrial area that requires no human interaction, over a distance up to 300ft, should consider using a product like the 1 Port DVI Extender over CAT5e/6 (DVIE-101TR), which is capable of supporting a maximum 1920×1200 resolution over 115ft with a maximum 800×600 resolution at 300ft. This device includes a transmitter and receiver. The receiver can be located at a remote site, and from there gain and equalization adjustments can be made.

2 Port DVI Extender Splitter over CAT5e/6 Cable

Users wishing to connect two DVI LCDs or TVs up to 300ft away like two projectors in a church with control room to view video should use a device like the 2 Port DVI Extender Splitter over CAT5e/6 Cable (DVS-102C). The Two Port Extender has the same specifications as the single port extender, but it has two RJ45 outputs for transmitting the DVI signal and one local DVI output. It also needs separate video receivers. A nice feature of this device is that it can support audio transmission as well. However, the audio signal requires a second Cat5 cable and a separate audio receiver.

HDBaseT DVI KVM Extender

Video Managers wanting to remotely control a single device using bi-directional USB, RS232 or IR, should use the HD based-T capable product like a HDBaseT DVI KVM Extender (SDX-PLUS-S). This Cat6 extender is capable of supporting a maximum 1920×1200 resolution at 60Hz. This unit includes the transmitter and receiver with support for remote RS232 and USB 1.1 control. It has a maximum distance of 330ft.

DVI Extender with EMI Shielding over Single Multimode Fiber Optic Cable up to 3280FT

Anyone wishing to connect a single device over extreme distances (as far as 3280ft) and needing to limit electromagnetic interference, should use an item like the DVI Extender with EMI Shielding over Single Multimode Fiber Optic (DVI-1STRSD). The Fiber Optic DVI Extender connects with fiber optic cables and supports WUXGA 1920×1200 resolution. This unit includes the transmitter and receiver. This extender is very popular among medical and scientific fields because of the EMI shielding. This allows sensitive equipment and personnel to be located far away from hazardous working conditions.
All the devices above are one input and single source. Anyone wanting to connect more than one source should use a DVI Matrix. To find more affordable video products, see www.KVMSwitchTech.com or contact our support team at 866-865-7737.

Multi Video Format Matrix Switch with HDMI, DVI, SDI, VGA and TCP/IP Control

Perhaps the greatest response that we have received at KVMSwitchTech this year was to the introduction of our Multi Video Format Matrix Switch product line. The global response has been phenomenal, as customers have taken advantage of the aggressively priced production grade matrix switchers.
Unlike all previous Multi Video Format Switchers we have offered in the past, the MVID product line is designed for environments where down time simply cannot be tolerated. The MVID product line features flexible universal slots that handle various signal formats including VGA, SDI, DVI, HDMI, Fiber Optic, and HDBaseT input and output. All formats can be output from any input type using 4-port, hot-swappable cards.

16x16 Multi Video Format Matrix Switch

The larger matrix configurations based on the 16×16 chassis and up to 64×64 chassis are also equipped with redundant power supplies to protect against local power failure. Finally, the Multi-Video Format Matrix Switchers provide a complete array of control options ranging from simple front panel push button all the way up to TCP/IP telnet control. Some of the key features are flexible universal slots for various signal formats like VGA, SDI, DVI, HDMI and HDMI over Cat6, front Panel LCD for operation and working status, hot swap-able with easy plug n play functionality, backlit button provides label which is change-able for customizing. We would like to thank all our customers for their continued business.

Amazing Response to 1U 17″ Widescreen HDMI and DVI-D Rackmount Monitor Keyboard Drawer

It’s been a busy year for KVMSwitchTech and we are happy to announce that our customers have responded positively to several of our newer products. Perhaps none has been more readily embraced than the RKD-KVM-17-WHDE. As a new entry to the product catalog this year, it manages to bridge the gap that many customers are facing with the transition to high definition video.

1U 17" WideScreen HDMI and DVI-D 1080p High Resolution 1920 x 1080 Rackmount Monitor Keyboard Drawer

Where older units had previously provided an HDMI option, the RKD-KVM-17-WHDE has allowed Full HD 1080P resolution while still providing access to older analog and digital equipment through integrated VGA, HDMI and DVI ports.
Some of the key features are Mac and Sun Keyboard options available with hot key support , short depth Design 480 mm (18.9 Inches) deep, 104-Key keyboard with either touchpad or trackball and new enhanced aesthetics for easy installation and control. We would like to thank all our customers for their overwhelming support on this new product.

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  1. RKD-KVM-17-WHDB 1U 17″ WideScreen HDMI and DVI-D 1080p High Resolution 1920 x 1080 Rackmount Monitor Keyboard Drawer with combo USB and PS2 Interface Trackball

DVI Splitters Explained

DVI Splitters are some of the most ubiquitous video splitters. As the first widespread digital video interface, DVI can be found in myriad installations. Though they have become less necessary due to improvements in graphics card capabilities, DVI-D splitters are still a great option for digital video distribution for signage, advertising, and collaborative installations with as many as 50 displays.

KVMSwitchTech's 2 Port DVI Video Splitter with Audio HDCP Compliant Image

The most frequently used DVI-D Splitters are items such as the DVI-SPL-2. This simple single-link 2 port DVI Splitter provides a HDCP compliant 1080p video and audio signals to modern HDTVs and supports computer resolutions as high as 1920×1200/60Hz. As an inexpensive entry level option, it provides a great deal of versatility without breaking the bank.

KVMSwitchTech's DVS-102C 2 Port DVI Extender Splitter over CAT5e/6 Cable up to 300FT image

Other DVI Splitters combine the functionality of extenders with splitters to allow an image to be shared over distances that make traditional DVI cables infeasible. A DVI Splitter Extender like the DVS-102C converts the signal and transfers it over standard Category 5e / Category 6 cables up to 300 feet from the source. A receiver unit like the DVI-CAT-R then converts it back to a single link DVI signal and allows for image fine tuning with the use of an equalization dial.

VDA-3 Thinklogical DVI Splitter DVI Dual Link 2 Ports image

Finally, for high end installations that require an image resolution up to 2560×1600, Dual Link DVI Splitters can be used to provide a flawless hi-res image. A high quality Dual Link DVI Splitter is the VDA-3. With its DDC2B compliant video resolution, the VDA-3 is capable of providing a very precise and clear image for installations like those found in the medical industry.

Regardless of the industry and installation, KVMSwitchTech can provide a solution to match each customer. Their technicians are available to help determine the necessary equipment to match the most demanding specifications for any DVI project.

Comparing Seemingly Similar Rackmount LCD Options

One of the most common questions regarding model numbers is why are there so many and what is the real difference? A great example of minute, but important variations within a product is the 6U 17” wide screen rackmount LCDs. At a quick glance, the casual shopper would think that there is no difference between a RKMTL-7U-17-HDV, a RKMTL-7U-17-HDCSV, or a RKMTL-7U-UN aside from the price. In fact, this is far from the truth.

RKMTL-7U-17-HDV is the entry level rackmount LCD in this category and offers some quality features for a reasonable price. It features a crisp, clear, 1080p image with VGA, DVI, and HDMI inputs for convenient compatibility with the most common interfaces.

6U 17" 1080p High Resolution Rackmount LCD, RKMTL-7U-17-HDCSV Image

The RKMTL-7U-17-HDCSV includes all the features available in the entry level display with the added benefit of both S-video and BNC support that is commonly required in environments with older technology and security cameras.

Finally, the RKMTL-7U-17-UN incorporates all the features of the other two models, but includes native support for ultra-high resolution 1920×1200 inputs.

Though they are indistinguishable from the front image, it is important to know that there are in fact benefits to knowing what features are needed for a specific installation.

DVI Matrix Switch for Surveillance and Monitoring Application

Our main line of business is systems integration and installation of IT systems. Being in a fast paced industry where technologies can face rapid obsolescence, we are faced with new and unique challenges on a daily basis. One of our government customers was looking for a very unique solution. Their application called for a wide range of different video formats like DVI and HDMI that needed to be routed to multiple DVI and HDMI monitors around the facility.
We had to come up with a Video Matrix solution that supported DVI and HDMI video signal formats and enabled to extend up to several hundred feet. We decided to use a Multi Video Matrix Switch that supported HDMI, DVI, SDI, Component and VGA video signal formats. What made this solution optimal was the capability to use changeable input and output cards and HDBaseT support for HDMI extensions. The controlling options available are push buttons, infra red, RS232 and Ethernet based TCP/IP control. After performing a very thorough and successful demo for their technical staff, we have installed this solution in several of their facilities. Recently, their lead engineer expressed how extremely pleased they were with the performance and functionality.

Composite Splitter for ideal for CCTV Surveillance and Monitoring

We are in the IT industry and our customers come to us for a wide range of different applications. What makes our jobs exiting is that we are faced with new challenges every day. One of our clients requested us to come up with a solution where they needed to monitor and display one video feed on eight monitors. The video format was composite and they needed audio support as well.

8 Port Composite Splitter

8 Port Composite Splitter with BNC Connectors

We decided to go with an 8 Port Composite Video Splitter with audio support. This unit not only splits but amplifies the video and audio signal as if each of the inputs were directly connected to the source. We have installed several of these Composite Splitter units in different locations and the end user is extremely pleased with the performance. These splitters can also be used for splitting video feeds from devices like Camcorders, Video Gaming Consoles, Satellite Receivers, and Set Top Boxes.

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Composite Splitter Distribution Amplifier with audio RCA Connectors, 8 Ports