[CentOS] [OT] CAT5 IP-capable rackmount KVM units?

Thomas Harold thomas-lists at nybeta.com
Thu Dec 31 03:28:11 UTC 2009

Rather off-topic, but I'm looking for IP-based KVMs (~16 ports) that can 
handle both PS/2 and USB hookups on the server side.  All of the answers 
over at Slashdot are a few years out of date and it looks like prices on 
KVM head units have dropped a bit over the years.

Some of the older units only worked with Windows, Internet Explorer and 
ActiveX.  Others like the ATEN KH1516i supposedly use Java and are far 
better from a cross-platform point of view.

I'm on the fence about the CAT5 cables over the more traditional style, 
it seems like the CAT5 cable system would give a lot more flexibility in 
dealing with USB vs PS/2 servers (or even serial only?).  The bigger 
advantage with the CAT5 stuff seems to be fewer length limitations and 
less space used in the rack for the head unit.

I'm guessing that the CAT5 adapters are going to be proprietary?

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