What are people using for IP KVM?

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What is everyone using for IP KVM's? Can they work anywhere on the LAN? How about over the WAN? Is their a client to install?
ASKED: November 23, 2010  9:37 PM
UPDATED: December 6, 2010  5:31 PM

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There are several vendors of IP based KVM’s. Avocent is one of the better known KVM vendors. If you can reach the KVM’s via an IP address, then you can connect to them, whether that takes place over the LAN, WAN, or even public Internet. There is not usually a client that is used, but there can be. In most implementations of IP based KVM’s that I have used, you simply connect to the KVM via a web browser. Some sort of Java plugin or something similar is used to view the console of whatever machine or machines are attached to the KVM. I love IP based KVM’s. They save a lot of time and travel and will work just fine as long as you have a decent network connection between your system and the IP based KVM.

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  • Lonewolfbw
    I have personal experience with one in particular, and have just ordered a second. We use an Avocent DSR 1021, it is an eight-port IP-based KVM. As MNorwood detailed above, it has no real client, you simply connect to the IP address and there is a Java-based app that will kick off to let you see whichever machine you chose at the web page. There is also a local console that we have connected up to a Dell 15FP display unit. We have no problems within the LAN, and it is WAN-capable once all relevant firewall ports are opened. I've also just purchased (but haven't yet received) a Lantronix Spider 1-port IP KVM, to be able to access my work PC from outside and not be limited to RDP, etc. Based on my research, it looks and sounds very solid, but we will see.
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