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IP KVM advice - USB adapters on PS2 only KVM? [Mar. 13th, 2011|01:48 am]
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I'm looking for an IP KVM for the house. Limited budget, so new product is pretty much out of the question.

Has anyone used USB->PS2 adapters to get an older PS2 only IP KVM to work with USB only computers? There appear to be a fair amount of old IP KVM units on ebay, but they seem to be universally PS2 only.

I'm thinking of either an older HP unit (likely an E1010) or Avocent.

Any experience or advice?
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[User Picture]From: mouser
2011-03-13 07:17 am (UTC)
Haven't tried with an IP, but older IOGear four computer KVM it works fine. Don't even have to have focus on the USB computer when I turn it on.

YMMV, of course.

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[User Picture]From: amaena
2011-03-13 04:32 pm (UTC)
This, I have that same IOGear one, and it worked fine.
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[User Picture]From: jecook
2011-03-13 09:20 pm (UTC)

Yes, there is one.

Raritan Dominion KX/KX II.

We've had their old KX running for I don't remember how long at one site, and when we finally replaced it with their KX II model, we moved the KX into our test lab. I'm not sure just how much they cost, but they work like gangbusters, and integrate nicely into Active Directory or other LDAP systems for authentication.

Fair warning: they ain't cheap- the small models we have at work are ~5K each, and the big ones running in our data centre are double that.
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[User Picture]From: jecook
2011-03-13 09:22 pm (UTC)

We have, at work.

We had a pair of Power6 boxen get installed at one of our old sites with a Dell branded PS/2 only KVM, and the USB adapters we used seemed to work just fine. I'll get the brand name on tuesday when I get back and post it.

edit: Brane fart, forgot about the IP part. the KVM in question was not an IP KVM unit. I'll play around with the one we have in the lab and see what kind of trouble I get into, even though it supports it's USB dongles.

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[User Picture]From: hisamishness
2011-03-14 05:52 pm (UTC)

Re: We have, at work.

Thanks.

So far the general answer seems to be "yep - they work".
I just picked up a few $5 IOGear usb-PS2 adapters yesterday. I'll test them out with my basic KVM and the new USB only boxes... if they actually arrive tomorrow as promised. From there I'll open the gates and start IP KVM shopping in earnest.
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[User Picture]From: compwizrd
2011-10-11 05:15 am (UTC)
I'm 6 months late here, but the Avocents seem to work just fine.. I just picked up a DSR4020 on ebay for about $350, and as you probably know those ps2 dongles are cheap.. 16 of them for $100

Using a couple $5 USB to ps2 adapters and it seems to be fine so far..
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