Publication Date: 2003-Aug-27
The IP.com Prior Art Database
AbstractDisclosed is a method that improves existing KVM switches by adding various slots so users can share multiple devices among different systems.
Disclosed is a method that improves existing KVM switches by adding various slots so users can share multiple devices among different systems.
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.
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.
The disclosed method enables users to share multiple devices among many different systems.