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TRENDnet TK-IP101 KVM IP Switch with TK-423K KVM - The KVMs

Have you ever wanted more control over your systems while away? The TRENDNet TK-IP101 might be the answer to your dilemma!

| Switches in Networking | Posted: Apr 15, 2009 4:42 am
TweakTown Rating: 83%Manufacturer: TRENDnet

The KVMs

 

The TRENDNet TK-IP101 is a small unit; not much more than 8-inches long and barely 3/4 of an inch high. On the front of the TK-IP101 TRENDNet has put two PS/2 ports as well as a serial console RJ-11 port. Also on the front are four indicator lights; these let you know if you have any issues with connectivity and include, link, 10/100 LAN connection, video and power.

 

TRENDnet TK-IP101 KVM IP Switch with TK-423K KVM

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Flipping around to the back, you have the rest of your connections including VGA (for up to 1600x1200 resolutions), LAN (10/100), serial for power and other functions, and an output for your PC or to a bridge KVM. One other port of interest is the USB port. On paper this is to allow you to connect to a USB KVM or to connect to a PC via USB.

 

While I was able to connect to a single Windows PC using USB, I was never able to get this to work with the USB capable TK-423K. The keyboard and mouse indicated they had power, but would not respond on any connected PC.

 

TRENDnet TK-IP101 KVM IP Switch with TK-423K KVM

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

A power port is located along the right side of the TK-IP101.

 

TRENDnet TK-IP101 KVM IP Switch with TK-423K KVM

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

The four-port TK-423K is a much larger device; measuring almost 12-inches in length and roughly 2.5-inches in height. It has four buttons across the front with red LEDs next to them; these are for the individual systems. The selected system will light up solid red if it is on and connected properly. If the system is off or there is a problem with the connection, it will blink red.

 

TRENDnet TK-IP101 KVM IP Switch with TK-423K KVM

 

The back side of the TK-423K is the business end; here you have all of your connectivity.

 

There are four system connection banks for your systems. These include a single connection for KVM out as well as audio (mic and stereo speakers). For input to the systems you have options for PS/2 or USB keyboards and mice, stereo speaker and mic inputs and VGA monitor out with supported resolutions of up to 2048x1536, which is pretty impressive for a VGA only KVM.

 

TRENDnet TK-IP101 KVM IP Switch with TK-423K KVM

(Click the above image for the large version)

 

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