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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014432D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

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Currently switching gear exists that allows a user to switch keyboard, mouse, and video between a number of servers. Each server sees the mouse keyboard and video as being immediately attached to itself. This enables the user to be at a single point and select the server they wish to deal with The limitation to this system is that the user still has to go to each individual server to insert CD-ROMs or floppy disks. This is inefficient for the user and can lead to human error when CDs or floppies are inserted in the wrong server. The proposed invention comprises switching gear that allows both the CD-ROM and the Floppy Drive to be switched between servers concurrently with the Video, keyboard and mouse. This enables us to design an integrated console allowing the user to sit or stand at one position and access a number of servers in a serial fashion (see IMAGE 1 ). Subsequent development may enable concurrent access to servers or the inclusion of a central processor to enable full management of the servers. It should be noted that this is not currently possible because the drive distance limitations on existing technologies is too short. We therefore propose developing a new switch using high bandwidth media such as 1394 cable to get the necessary drive distance. The advantages of being able to switch CD-ROM and floppy drive concurrently with the video mouse and keyboard are as follows: