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KVM Plus

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019044D
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-27
Document File: 1 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that improves existing KVM switches by adding various slots so users can share multiple devices among different systems.

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KVM Plus

Disclosed is a method that improves existing KVM switches by adding various slots so users can share multiple devices among different systems.

Background

Currently, users can share keyboards, mice, and monitors among different systems using today’s technology; however, users must be physically present at the new location of the system in order to install the software. In addition, extra hardware (e.g. DVD/CD drives, memory cards, etc.) must be bought and installed on each additional system.

General Description

The disclosed method improves existing KVM switches by adding DVD-RAM/RW/CDRW, USB, Firewire, and Memory Card slots that can be shared to any machine a user is connected to via the Firewire or USB bus (see Figure 1). This allows a user to connect to any system on the KVM network, (which uses CAT5 Ethernet cable for connectivity) to use the included devices and ports to install software, share memory card information, or share USB/Firewire devices.

Advantages

The disclosed method enables users to share multiple devices among many different systems.

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