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KVM with a special video out for viewing all screens at once

Last response: in Components
July 7, 2010 10:09:01 PM

Hi all,

I don't know if this idea has been proposed before or if the product already exists, but here it goes anyway.

I've been a computer technician at a few different companies and I'm always making heavy use of a 8-port KVM. Oftentimes, I am working on all the machines simultaneously and am constantly switching back and forth to start processes and check on other processes. My productivity could be greatly improved if I knew which computers are ready for my attention without having to cycle through all of them and look.

Is there a KVM out there with two video outputs? The first video output behaves like always and just broadcasts the video for the active computer. However, the second video output is a combination of all 8 video streams arranged in a grid like a security monitor.

If you don't know what I mean by "security monitor", see this pic:

This way, I could know the status of every machine attached to the KVM without having to cycle through all of them individually. Does this already exist?


July 7, 2010 10:16:22 PM

Speaking as the user of a 4 port KVM switch (3 desktop systems and a test setup), not that I know of.

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July 8, 2010 2:39:02 PM

You need a multi viewer/multi window processor

there are multi viewers with the ability to have mouse/keyboard control, but it wil cost you a lot. Systems like that are used in control rooms.
July 15, 2010 12:08:21 AM

Best answer selected by fonzo1979.