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Cable Technology Feature Article

July 19, 2010

IP-Based CE790 KVM Extender Features Automatic Cable Detection

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

Taiwan-based ATEN (News - Alert) International Co. Ltd. announced the introduction of model CE790 KVM Extender which features on-screen display besides a RS-232 port to connect to serial terminal for configuration, on both transmitter and receiver units.

According to company sources the product works over standard TCP/IP LAN via Cat 5e cable that allows point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and multipoint-to-multipoint administration. This enables remote access to computers on KVM installation through the Internet. It also has a rack-mountable unit that supports video resolution of 1920 x 1080 besides enabling USB overcurrent detection and prevention.

The CE790 Digital KVM Extender is a IP-based product with automatic cable detection or Auto-MDIX and RS-232 serial functionality that allows access to a computer system from a remote USB console including USB keyboard, monitor and USB mouse anywhere on the Intranet.

The device has been enhanced to include an intuitive On Screen Display or OSD on both the transmitter and receiver units for easy setup and operation. It works over a standard TCP/IP LAN via inexpensive Cat 5e cable, allowing point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and multipoint-to-multipoint administration, eliminating the need for an additional KVM switch.

Also the presence of an RS-232 port, on both the transmitter and receiver units helps connect to a serial terminal for configuration, and other serial devices such as touchscreens and barcode scanners.

When the CE790 is installed in a multipoint configuration, the IGMP or Internet Group Management Protocol function of the network switches or hubs should be enabled to prevent deterioration of data throughput, said company sources.

The dual console operation allows users to control the system from both the transmitter and receiver USB consoles. There is no need for any software as an HTTP server is embedded on both units. Built-in ASIC offers greater reliability and compatibility.

The CE790 is also audio-enabled and supports widescreen formats besides featuring ultra-high quality video mode. Company sources added that the product is hot pluggable, rack mountable, firmware upgradable and the auto-MDIX automatically detects cable type.

The product is available in a package which contains CE790T Digital KVM Extender Transmitter, CE790R Digital KVM Extender Receiver, USB KVM Cable, two Power Adapters, two Rack Mount Kits, two Grounding Wires, User Manual and a Quick Start Guide.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison