There are two common scenarios when using professional KVM switches including multi-displays with and without video switching.
KVM Switch models:
|Switch type||KM Switch||KVM Switch|
|Connect up to 4 PC/Workstations||·||·|
|Secure keyboard/mouse, USB & Stereo Audio Switching||·||·|
Amulet Hotkey’s K4u KMV switch supports the connection of up to 4 dual display Workstations/Desktops to a single set of displays (single/dual display), audio, keyboard, mouse or peripheral set. While the K4vu can be connected directly to workstations at the user’s desk, it is also compatible with Amulet Hotkey Zero Clients for maximum flexibility and efficiency allowing connections to remote physical or virtual workstations, virtual desktops and/or cloud desktops. Each of the remote workstations or desktops can be securely accessed within the office, across the country, or continent-to-continent.
- K4vu Deployment Example Legend
A: Virtual Desktop B: DXP4 or DXH4 KVM Extender PCIe in a PC C: Blade Workstation / Virtual Blade Workstation D: DXZ4-series quad head zero client E: DXZC-series dual head zero client F: Local PC/Laptop/music player G: K4vu 4 channel dual display, keyboard, mouse and stereo audio switch H: Headphones/speakers (powered) I: Hot-plugged device (USB) J: Dual display
K4vu KVM Switch Key Features and Benefits
- Share a keyboard, mouse, speakers and displays between multiple computers
Scenario Commonly used by: Deployment example: Users need to connect to multiple computers and workstations but do not have space for more than two monitors on their desk. Prosumer
Engineering and design,
Scientific & Research
Media & entertainment
Engineer using K4vu and zero clients to connect to different computers running separate simulations and programs.
- Multi-level Network Security
Scenario Commonly used by: Deployment example: Users are required to work on workstations or desktops that are connected to networks with different security levels. Government, Healthcare, Defense, Intelligence, Military Analyst using K4vu and zero clients to work on any network from non-classified, SIPRNet, NIPRNet to JWICS
Non-classified, OFFICIAL, SECRET, to TOP SECRET.
- Workflow Productivity / Cost Effective Infrastructure
Scenario Commonly used by: Deployment example: Workflow requires access to multiple workstations or desktops running different applications and different platform performance levels. Design and simulation,
Oil & Gas,
Media & entertainment
Artist using K4vu and zero clients to access different pre-post production video editing workstations:
Pre-production video and storyboard tools on a low-mid range physical or virtual workstation
Post-production design and editing tools on a mid-range physical or virtual workstation.
Post production rendering and transcoding on a high-end physical or virtual workstation.
General office applications on a virtual desktop or cloud managed desktop.
- Connect 4+ computers with no distance limitations
Amulet Hotkey’s K4vu KM switch allows the connection of up to 4 Workstations/Desktops with up to dual display and a single keyboard, mouse or peripheral set. Cascade switches to connect to more than 4 computers.
Combine K4vu with Zero Clients for no distance limitations
While the K4vu can be connected directly to workstations at the user’s desk, it is also compatible with Amulet Hotkey Zero Clients for maximum flexibility and efficiency allowing connections to remote physical or virtual workstations, virtual desktops and/or cloud desktops. Each of the remote workstations or desktops can be securely accessed within the office, across the country, or continent-to-continent.
- Mission critical design
The K4vu is designed from the ground up for mission and business critical environments, and includes features such as redundant power management, power cord lock and robust metal enclosure.
In-house design and manufacturing for quality control
Amulet Hotkey takes a comprehensive approach to ensure your success from planning through deployment, management and support. This starts with Amulet Hotkey’s long standing commitment to in-house product design and manufacturing which provides a level of control and security lacking in vendors that rely on remote contract manufacturing. We understand our KVM switches from the core PCB, thermal and EMI design, manufacturing line, packaging and system architecture to configuration and deployment which enables an enhanced level of quality and technical support.
ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification
Amulet Hotkey is deeply committed to achieving consistent high-levels of quality, reliability, security and customer service. Amulet Hotkey has been accredited by the British Assessment Bureau for the latest ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Standard certification. Certificate Number: 212920.
- Extensive Security
The K4vu is TAA compliant and incorporates our no compromise KeyStop™ architecture that prevents channel cross-talk or key-stroke recording/key logging. KeyStop guarantees zero channel cross-talk and eliminates buffered key codes to improve security in deployments such as multi-level security access where channel separation is required.
- Boost Productivity and Efficiency
Seamless workspace and Mouse Point automatic channel switching
The K4vu includes many features to boost user productivity and efficiency including enabling seamless channel switching across multiple workstations and/or desktops using Mouse Point capability to automatically switch from one workstation to another by simply moving the cursor to the edge of the screen. The K4vu supports instant channel switching by incorporating USB emulation and hosting capability.
Instant channel switching
The K4vu supports instant channel switching by incorporating USB emulation and hosting capability.
SaverSync automatic display management
Also, the K4vu screen SaverSync provides intelligent management of screen savers to ensure PC’s and workstations on non-active channels do not go to sleep for an efficient workflow. SaverSync ensures that each workstation remains active while there is activity on any channel. Screen savers only activate after there is no keyboard/mouse inactivity across all channels for a period of time.
Technical Specifications: K4vu KVM Switch
The Amulet Hotkey K4vu is a professional KVM switch to create an efficient workspaces with a single keyboard, mouse and display(s) that can rapidly switch between multiple computers.
|KVM Switch:||Support for up to 4 Workstations/PCs (local or remote) with video, USB, keyboard, mouse and audio switching.
Support for USB, PS/2 or legacy Sun Workstation access from a single keyboard & mouse.
|Workstation Channel ports
4x USB type B
4x 3.5mm stereo audio socket
4x 6-pin Mini-DIN socket
|Local Monitors:||Dual display via DMS59 with resolutions up to :
2x 1920×1200 (single-link DVI)
1x 2048×1536 (dual-link DVI)
2x 2048×1536 @ 60Hz
2x 1600×1200 @70Hz
|Local USB:||4x type A|
Hot Plug USB:
|1x USB type A (hot-plug)|
|Local Audio Output:||1x 3.5mm stereo audio socket can be switched or muxed. Supports mute for individual channels or global mute.|
|Local legacy keyboard:||1x 6-pin Mini-DIN socket|
|Channel Switch Options:||Keyboard hot-key shortcuts
K4 external controller option
|Channel Notification:||Front panel LED status indicators
Audible command confirmation
Optional K4 external controller with button illumination
|Automatic channel skip:||Active channel sensing skips over unconnected channels.|
|Feature connector:||1x 9-pin Mini-DIN socket|
|Automatic protocol detection and conversion:||USB, PS/2 and legacy Sun|
|Workstation pre-boot support:||Yes, boot-up support and BIOS access|
|Scalable:||Multiple K4vu switches can be linked to control additional workstations from a single keyboard and mouse. Alternatively, a channel can be shared between two K4u+ switches to allow two users to control or collaborate on a single shared workstation.|
|Firmware programmable||Via USB or 1x D9 socket|
|Secure channel isolation:||KeyStop architecture guarantees zero channel cross-talk|
|Smart Card Support||Yes|
|Tempest Level:||Level B|
|Redundant Power Management:||Yes|
|Power:||Less than 40W (switch only)|
|Size WxHxD:||250 x 31 x 155 mm (9.8 x 1.2 x 6.1 inches)|
|Weight:||Unit: 1.4 Kg (3.0 lbs)
Shipping: 3 Kg (6.5 lbs)
Conforms to relevant parts of EN55024, EN55022 and FCC Part 15b