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When you are running a large enterprise, sometimes it can be difficult to unify every monitor on the floor in the same vision. Sometimes, you need a device which will allow you to present the same image you are seeing on your monitor to a different monitor hundreds, even thousands, of feet away. If you require this kind of power to increase your range, you should look into purchasing a DVI extender.

What Do They Do?
Extenders, especially unshielded Cat5 DVI extenders, are particularly useful tools for increasing the range of your business’s video capabilities. They enable you to connect your computer monitor to every other monitor on the floor over a single UTP cable. Operating on a point-to-point basis, they always come in pairs: one to transmit data from your monitor and one to receive at the other end of the UTP.

Perks of using a DVI Extender
DVI video extenders can be used with either Cat5 or Cat6 cable; and although Cat6 extenders are more powerful, as they are capable of higher resolution, the Cat5 option is not to be underestimated. It can extend a video network up to 220 feet for either Cat5 or Cat6 unshielded cables. The DVI extender can also be combined with a DVI Matrix Switch, which relays the same image to multiple locations, and a DVI Splitter unit, which allows for two monitors to perform the same task, for even more complicated tasks, fusing a number of computers into a versatile video network. Many CAT5 DVI extenders are used in multimedia and advertising, as the same image can be displayed on multiple surfaces without a loss in quality or data. Some other areas where a DVI extender can be utilized are in the surveillance industry and for large conferences.

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CAT5 DVI extenders can range in price anywhere from $300 to nearly $1000 depending on feature set, extension distance and its transmission capabilities. Check out our listings at KVMSwitchTech to find out more information about CAT5 DVI extenders and see for yourself which ones work best for you.

Remember: A company is only as good as the network it keeps for itself. Don’t let your spatial limitations (or over extensions, as it were) affect the performance of your video and multimedia network. Contact now and find out how we can help you. Call us at 866-865-7737.

Types of Rackmount Keyboards

A rackmount keyboard drawer is a single unit housing a keyboard and a touchpad or trackball mouse in one self-contained unit. These rack mount keyboards usually come standard as part of a KVM unit, and are used because they lower the space requirement to get one of these systems set up. Some rack keyboards come with integrated KVM switches allowing them to interface with a wide number of different interfaces without having to depend on an external KVM switch.

Rackmount keyboard units provide a new realm of mobility and portability in computers and this has led to an overall change in the paradigm of how people consider mobile computing. There are multiple types of rackmount keyboards available, depending on your needs.

KVMSwicthTech’s rackmount keyboard usually comes with a combo USB and PS2 connector for ease of interface with other peripherals. This dual connectivity method makes it easy to disconnect and reconnect the rack mount keyboard to another peripheral. The USB plug-and-play compatibility can even allow for hot swapping the connection without having to restart the machine for detection.

In addition to this, there are a wide number of switches that may be used in conjunction with the 1U rackmount keyboard tray. There are drawers that come with integrated PS2 KVM connectivity, USB connectivity, IP and Cat5 KVM switches, and switches that connect to multiple combinations of these connections. The possibilities for connection are endless.

Rackmount keyboards are usually designed in two basic layouts. A clam-shell design is where the display has a hinge at the rear, allowing it to fold over the keyboard for protection and storage. The shorter installed depth is definitely a plus. The lay-flat design adds hinges to the front edge along the display allowing it to fold back. The deep installation allows for the entire 1U to be used for trackball and keyboard depth. Both of these designs add to the low profile layout associated with machines of this type. Manufacturers use both types of designs in their configurations.

Rackmount keyboards allow for a great level of mobility from your computer. With a rackmount keyboard system that is 1U high, you can easily see why many low-profile vendors are opting for using the layouts we have available over others. In order to find the rack mount keyboard that works best for you, you should check us out as soon as possible. You will be impressed with our wide array of 1U keyboard drawers and their connectivity options.

Icron USB Ranger 2204 for Web Cam extension application

As part of a recent project for one of our customers we were tasked with installing USB extenders at a new facility for multiple systems.  We initially purchased several less expensive 4 port USB extender hubs for the project.  Though the product came with a driver CD they actually worked with just plug and play on our Windows 7 laptops.  The problem we ran into was that they did not support our USB web cams which were the primary devices we needed for the project.

00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

I called and talked to KVMSwitchTech’s support department.  It turned out that there is a known issue with many USB extenders and web cameras.  They recommended replacing the devices with the 00-00256 Icron USB Ranger.  The 2204 USB Rangers are the only extenders I have found that actually support isochronous data transfer.  After receiving the new extenders we were able to once again use the plug and play functionality of USB to instantly connect and recognize the extender as well as all of our remote USB devices including, finally, the web cameras.  The moral of the story is that not all USB 2.0 extenders are created equal and it’s important to know what device types you are using.  And a special thanks to the guys at KVMSwitchTech who actually spent the time to help sort out the problem.


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VGA Extenders an Ideal Product for Analog Video Signal Extension

This VGA Extender is an ideal product to extend analog video signal up to 1000ft away from the video source. It has an additional VGA loop port on the transmitter unit to connect a local VGA Monitor.

VGA Extender over CAT5e/CAT6 Cable Extends up to 1000FT

VGA Extender over CAT5e/CAT6 Cable Extends up to 1000FT


Some of the key applications for this unit are video monitoring and surveillance, digital signage, IT presentations and demonstrations. VGA over Cat5 extender, VGA-BAL-1000 is available with options like audio, RS232 and IR support. Each of the extender receiver units features a separate gain and peaking rotary switch used for adjusting brightness and skew over long distances

Key Features

  • Extend high resolution VGA signal over a single Cat5e/6/7 cable
  • Adjust GAIN and PEAK levels to adapt for variable UTP cable lengths
  • Supports maximum resolutions up to WUXGA
  • CAT5e/6/7 output via RJ45 Jack
  • Transmitter includes local VGA Monitor Output
  • EDID Compliant
  • 5VDC external power supply included

Advantages of using a VGA Extender

These units are designed to extend audio and video signals directly from your VGA Video source over a single Cat5e/6/7 cable. You can use your laptop, desktop, or a blue ray player to display crisp and clear high resolution images up to 1000ft. These reasonably priced VGA extenders can be used in any environment including SOHO, Commercial, Information Technology and Government applications.

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Cat5 USB Extender Solutions for Different Applications

Cat5 USB Extenders allow you to extend USB devices up to 330ft away over ordinary Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cables. Ideal use is with USB printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, hard drives, and other 1.1 and 2.0 USB devices. These extender units are available in single port, 2 port, and 4 port which extend to one/two/four devices correspondingly. These Cat5 extenders comprise of a receiver unit and transmitter, which connects through USB ports on computers. USB Extender units can be used in homes, offices, educational institutes, and other large facilities that need to connect USB devices over long distances. Cat5 USB Extender products are great for using to connect USB printers in large buildings (maximum 330ft).

What CAT5 USB Extender is best for my situation?

Peripheral device users who need to connect one device like a keyboard or mouse, over a distance less than 150ft can do so using a Cat5 cable and a device like the USB Extender over Cat5 Single Port (USBEXT-1P). This device only allows a maximum throughput speed of 12 Mbit/s because it is USB 1.1. This unit does not require an external power supply.

00-00297 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2201 Extender

Figure1 – 00-00297 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2201 Extender

Users wanting to connect a single high-speed device with faster throughput like an isochronous web cam over further distances should use a device like the USB 2.0 Ranger 2201 Extender (00-00297). The USB Ranger 2201 uses USB 2.0, which allows higher throughput (up to 480 MB/s) and connects to a device up to 330ft away over Cat5e/Cat6/Cat7 cables. The 2201 operates with USB 2.0 high-speed host controllers and USB 1.1 classic hosts and supports Control, Interrupt, Bulk and Isochronous USB device types. The maximum number USB devices that can be used with this unit are 14 USB Devices or 3 USB hubs with 11 USB devices. Other ideal uses are connecting a single printer, scanner, hard drive, or audio device.

00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

Figure2 – 00-00256 Icron USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender with four Port Hub

Users wanting to connect a few high-speed devices like multiple backup hard drives over 300+ ft away should use a device like the USB 2.0 Ranger 2204 Extender 4 Port Hub (00-00256). USB Ranger 2204 has basically the same specs as 2201 but allows for up to four devices to be connected. Other ideal uses are to hook up video surveillance via live feed of multiple web cams, or connecting multiple printers, scanners, hard drives, audio devices.

All the devices described are plug and play ready (do not require extra software drivers), and are supported by all major operating systems including Windows ®, Mac OS®, and Linux®. These devices are favorites within the professional information technology community because of their affordable prices, outstanding quality, and ease of use compared to other USB Extender products available on the market today.

Comparing different HDMI Extender Solutions

HDMI is one of the most commonly used connectors on devices these days. All the hi-definition multimedia devices like video gaming consoles, play stations, X-box, blue ray players, DVD players, and AV HD camcorders come with HDMI interface. There are numerous applications that call for long Range HDMI signal extensions. If you are looking for signal transmission to longer distances you will need Cat5 HDMI Extender solutions to extend a HDMI signal several hundred feet. The kit included a transmitter and receiver unit and the cable used between these units is standard Cat5e/6 cable.

Option 1

If you are looking to extend HDMI video Signal up to 150 ft you can used a standard HDMI extender that extends over a standard Cat5e/6 cable. KVMSwitchTech offers Part # HDMI-1CATHD that also has a HDMI output on the transmitter unit to connect a local HDMI monitor if needed. It is recommended you use a solid Cat6 cable for optimal video quality.

Option 2

If you are looking to extend an HDMI signal up to 330ft you will need an HDBaseT HDMI Extender for long distance HDMI signal transmission. With the HDBaseT solution you can use a standard extender that supports 3D and video resolutions up to 1080P. If the application calls for POE (Power over Ethernet) you can use a unit that supports POE. If you need bi-directional IR and RS232 there is a different unit that can be used. Depending on needed features and functionality you can choose from a wide range of different options available at KVMSwitchTech.

Option 3

If you need to extend a HDMI signal up to 1000 ft the only option is to use a Fiber Optic HDMI Extender.

KVMSwitchTech's HDMI Fiber Optic Extender up to 1000ft image

HDMI Fiber Optic Extender up to 1000ft

KVMSwitchTech’s HDMIFOEXT-1000, HDMI Fiber Optic Extender allows signal transmission based on HDMI standard by optical transmission technology. Some of the key features are High speed and long  distance transmission using 1 channel SC type multi-mode optical fiber cable, video resolution support up to HDTV/1080P, PC/WUXGA (1920 x 1200).