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  • Computer Thingy... Only $1... now what's it good for?

    Found this at a garage-sale with a bunch of other stuff... Not sure exactly what it does... It seems to allow me to set up a remote station for my computer in another room/location via a network cable.

    I'm thinking if that is what it does... I may have a use for it.



    This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
    Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Liger Zero
    It seems to allow me to set up a remote station for my computer in another room/location via a network cable.
    I'm thinking you are correct. "KVM" typically means "Keyboard, Video, Mouse"
    I've seen lots of KVM switchers for sharing the keyboard, monitor and mouse among several computers. Have not seen one of those, but I would not have passed it up for a buck either.

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    • #3
      If it works the "important" computer is going to live in a locked secure room and I will operate it with this.
      This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
      Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
      Plastic Operators Dot Com

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      • #4
        http://ca.ebid.net/for-sale/raritan-...m-15568709.htm

        Remote (network) KVM receiver. You also need the transmitter (UKVM)

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        • #5
          Whatever you do, keep the cover. If it really is made from 'Raritan', it's worth a lot. Not quite 'Unobtanium' but has many similar properties.
          Mike

          My Dad always said, "If you want people to do things for you on the farm, you have to buy a machine they can sit on that does most of the work."

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          • #6
            It's an analog (VGA and PS/2) KVM switch. It's worth about a buck
            "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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            • #7
              Kvm

              KVM = keyboard, video mouse - as said.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVM_switch

              I have one my two computers - both of which are on my desk. The K, V and M of each computer is connected to the KVM switch.

              I just press Scroll Lock twice in quick secession and it switches my single K, V and M's between the computers.

              It means that I can have both computers running and switch between and have the use of either computer - but I only need one Keyboard, Video (monitor/screen) and one Mouse which saves me either changing each time I want to use the other computer or having the desk cluttered with two K's, two V's and two M's.

              Each computer is connected to the ADSL modem.

              It saves me having to net-work my computers.

              Each computer has an external 200+GB external USB SATA drive - which are real big "thumb" drives and that I can plug into each computer - "live".

              All of my computer HDD's are in removable trays and are inter-changeable.

              Both computers have identical/same main boards - one running XP Pro and the other W7 platinum - so if one fails totally I can just use the removable drives.

              I totally back-up (image) my boot HDD on each computer every month and back up all data every week - some daily.

              Each computer has its own separate Uninterpretable Power Supply (UPS).

              That KVM device is a key part of it all. I have a spare of that as well.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JoeBean
                http://ca.ebid.net/for-sale/raritan-...m-15568709.htm

                Remote (network) KVM receiver. You also need the transmitter (UKVM)
                So what I have... is useless without the "transmitter?
                This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
                Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
                Plastic Operators Dot Com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Liger Zero
                  So what I have... is useless without the "transmitter?
                  As well I think you need computers with PS/2 connections. Most now are USB and I had trouble with my old KVM using a PS/2 to USB adapter. I am still looking for a cheap KVM that works with DVI/HDMI monitors...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Magnum164
                    As well I think you need computers with PS/2 connections. Most now are USB and I had trouble with my old KVM using a PS/2 to USB adapter. I am still looking for a cheap KVM that works with DVI/HDMI monitors...
                    Alrighty then! I'll take a screw-driver to them and see if there is anything interesting inside. Might as well get a bucks worth of entertainment out of it.
                    This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
                    Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
                    Plastic Operators Dot Com

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