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Hardware: Digital V6 KVM over IP

Posted by cascadehush on January 2, 2007

Digital V6 – The Engine of Innovation:

Kaveman is a revolutionary remote server management tool to remotely control servers, either over the Internet or your local network. Kaveman fully emulates a screen, keyboard and mouse, giving the user complete control over the attached computer.

I have no clue why the idiots who created this website can’t just use normal english.

This box is a single port KVM to remotely control any PC or Mac over a network using VNC. The would get a lot more hits from googlers if they’d use language like that.

There is nothing revolutionary about this device, it seems like a no-brainer to me. The focus on server management seems shortsighted. Any server should already have remote management in software. Of course KVM stuff is usually considered high end and is often ridiculously overpriced given that there are quite good, often free, software alternatives.

As a PC tech I regularly wish for a plug and play means to remotely control a PC temporarily. This would appear to be the answer. It’s a pity that it’s just too expensive.

Intel are introducing vPro which will build this type of thing into the motherboard. This would be nice, except I’m not a fan of Intel chipsets, and don’t like intel motherboards. Plus there are the security implications. Having your PC open to remote control even when it is switched off, before the OS is loaded, even being able to change BIOS settings… I don’t like it.

What would be nice is a cheap KVMoIP device that us techs could use day-to-day. Surely someone could manage that. Perhaps someone has, let me know if you find one.

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3 Responses to “Hardware: Digital V6 KVM over IP”

  1. gert said

    Hi,

    interesting post… I have been looking for a cheap KVMoIP device since a long time myself. If you ever manage to find one or a place where you can buy second hands, please let me know…

    cheers,

  2. Watcher said

    Contrary to what some are posting, Intel vpro does not support KVMoIP yet and they have not announced plans to do so in clients. You can get KVM support on Intel servers that contain an ASMI slot using Intel’s EVP card. However, those proprietary solutions can be expensive. Some AMD server platforms support OPMA (Open Platform Management Architecture) which allows the connection of 3rd party KVM cards. Both ASMI and OPMA solutions are interesting in that they do away with all the extra cabling of external KVM switches.

    If you want out of band kvm access to client systems, some companies like Raritan make single system units, but again, you are left with plugging in cables.

  3. vPro is proprietary, and serves the same function as a KVM over ethernet or IP, so as far as I’m concerned it’s just a different way of doing the same thing.

    The main point is that remote control of PC is out of the leage of most people because KVM products are considered high-end since they are mostly used on servers.

    And in the end vPro is no different, because you have to buy the 3rd party software to log into the machine, so no doubt that puts it out of the reach of someone who’d want to be able to access a home machine using the technology.

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