KVM stands for keyboard video and mouse. KVM cables contain a lead for each of these peripheral devices allowing them to be connected to a KVM switch. Many KVM switches aren’t supplied with cables as standard and with a variety of KVM cables available, you’ll need to ensure you choose the right cable before you buy.
Check the KVM cable connectors for each device you’re planning to hook up to. The latest flat panel monitors usually have DVI interfaces but older CRT screens use VGA ports. Keyboards and mice will either connect via USB or the older PS/2 plug although some KVM cables can connect USB to PS/2 with no need for an adapter. It’s also possible to purchase cables with a special DB15 or DB25 connector which reduce the number of cables required but are more costly. Also ensure you buy a cable that’s long enough with good shielding from other electrical devices to ensure the best signal quality.
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