Analog KVM matrix systems - operating multiple computers over multiple consoles

Analog KVM matrix switches let you operate multiple computers over multiple consoles (consisting of display, keyboard & mouse).

The analog KVM matrix systems consist of three components

  • A central module, which connects user consoles and computers and enable switching operations
  • Computer modules, which forward signals from computers to the matrix
  • User modules to connect the consoles on which users work 

The following variants of analog KVM matrix systems are available

CATCenter NEO

The CATCenter NEO system provides the following signals for several simultaneous consoles:

  • VGA video, DVI-A Video (by converting to VGA)
  • Keyboard/mouse
  • Audio

The system offers up to 16 user and 64 computer ports, which can be expanded up to 128 users and 2048 computers.

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Highlights

  • Automatic video tuning for each user-computer line
  • Comprehensive user and rights management
  • Centralised configuration for all system components
  • Operation and configuration via OSD, web interface and IP-client
  • Supports fiber optics by use of NEO-FiberLink
  • System range expanded by 10,000 m using fiber optics
  • Offers module for computer access over IP Monitoring function, SNMP support

Variants

CATCenter NEO16, NEO8, NEO4 – central modules for 16, 8 or 4 consoles and 32/64 computers

Components

UCONuser module for direct access over CAT cable
UCON-IP-NEOuser module for IP access
CATpro2computer module in different variants
CATpro2-DVIAcomputer module for integration of DVI-A video
UserCenter CAT8-Audioexpanding the user range up to 128 consoles
Neo-FiberLink(S)/(M)transmitter/receiver module for single-mode fiber and multi-mode fiber

Specifications

PrincipleKVM matrix switch
MediumDirect connection via CAT-5e/6/7 cable, IP
CapabilityFor 1 to 1024 computers and 4 to 128 user
ResolutionUp to 1920 x 1440 @ 75 Hz
RangeUp to 300 m at direct access over CAT cable, unlimited at IP-access
Further featuresDetection and display of the system architecture, Syslog message output, redundant power supply, hot plug capability, diverse firmware upgrades available, stay-alive function, text-based media control over TCP/IP e.g. AMX and Crestron
ApplicationBroadcast, control room, server room, control centers

CompactCenter X2

The CompactCenter X2 provides the following signals for 2 integrated simultaneous consoles:

  • VGA video
  • DVI-A Video (by converting to VGA)
  • Keyboard/mouse

The matrix switch offers 2 integrated user consoles (local and IP) and 16 computer ports. It can not be expanded.

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Highlights

  • Automatic video tuning for each user-computer line
  • Two integrated consoles, ready to work
  • Comprehensive user and rights management
  • Two network interfaces
  • Centralised configuration of all system components
  • Operation and configuration via OSD, web interface and IP client
  • Redundant power supply
  • Monitoring function, SNMP support

Components

CompactCenter X2 – central module with 2 consoles and 16 computer ports
CATpro2 – computer module in different variants

Specifications

PrincipleKVM matrix switch
MediumDirect connection via CAT-5e/6/7 cable, IP
CapabilityFor 16 computers and 2 user
ResolutionLocal up to 1920 x 1440 @ 75 Hz, over IP up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz acc. to VESA CVT-RB
RangeUp to 30 m between central and computer module, unlimited IP access
Further featuresHot plug capability, stay-alive function of computers
ApplicationBroadcast, control room, computer racks

CATCenter X2

With the CATCenter X2 system you can operate several computers by two consoles. It provides the following signals for 2 simultaneous consoles:

  • VGA video
  • Keyboard/mouse 

The system offers 2 user and 16 computer ports. Computer ports can be expanded up to 1024.

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Highlights

  • Automatic video tuning for each user-computer line
  • Up to 300 m system range via CAT cable
  • Comprehensive user and rights management
  • Redundant power supply
  • Offers module for computer access over IP
  • Detection and display of the system architecture

Components

CATCenter X2 – central modules for 2 consoles and 16 computers
UCON – user module for direct access over CAT cable
UCON-IP-NEO – user module for IP access
CATpro2 – computer module in different variants

Specifications

PrincipleKVM matrix switch
MediumDirect connection via CAT-5e/6/7 cable, IP
CapabilityFor 1 to 1024 computers and 2 user
ResolutionLocal up to 1920 x 1440 @ 75 Hz
RangeUp to 300 m at direct access over CAT cable, unlimited IP access
Further featuresHot plug capability, stay-alive function of computers, diverse firmware upgrades available
ApplicationBroadcast, control room, computer racks

Bridge function - Integrate existing analog systems into digital solutions

The Bridge function Integrates existing analog systems into digital solutions. Your advantage: Secure investments by future-proof expansion options.

Uniting the worlds of digital and analog KVM

To be able to continue using VGA-based KVM matrix systems and to integrate digital state-of-the-art solutions, G&D developed the Bridge function. With the function, users can integrate CATCenter NEO clusters into digital matrix switch systems (ControlCenter-Digital or DVICenter) and operate the entire system over one single user interface.

Schematic drawing of the BRIDGE function
Schematic drawing of the BRIDGE function

When connecting the systems, analog signals are converted into digital ones. For this, the UCON (of the CATCenter NEO’s user console) grabs the signals and uses a VGA-CPU to provide them to the digital matrix.
And as always, G&D put usability first. The logical connection between both systems saves users from clicking through various OSDs. Since both systems are communicating with each other, operation is carried out over one OSD only. Users of analog KVM matrix systems don’t realise any changes while operating their system. But thanks to the Bridge function, users of digital matrix systems are able to also access analog targets via OSD now.

The system manages any processes running in the background so that users are able to completely focus on their work instead of having to worry about infrastructural issues. Therefore, the way to the source becomes secondary. Of course, rights can still be managed as easily as before.

Highlights

  • Any systems in use can still be used
  • Expansions of digital systems provide security for the future
  • User-friendly implementation with OSD as a single interface that displays all connected computers
  • Even higher ROI thanks to longer operating cycle
  • Existing systems can still be used as subsystems (Keyword: gentle migration)

Functionality

The functionality of analog KVM matrix systems

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