This Digital IP KVM Switch offers secure and flexible local and remote administration of critical systems and services, combining StarTech.com's dependable Server Remote Control technology with a proven Enterprise-class digital KVM switch.Unlike software solutions that require installation and work through your server operating system, this easy-to-configure IP KVM Switch delivers BIOS level control and full interaction with connected system boot processes over a TCP/IP connection. Users can reboot the system, access the BIOS and have full control over the keyboard and mouse as if they are on site - a cost-effective solution for outsourced server/IT hardware management and access to mission-critical corporate datacenter servers.Remote Control can't come at the expense of security! This Digital IP KVM switch features built-in support for SSH tunneling, SSL encryption and RADIUS authentication, as well as a configurable firewall. Plus, access to the IP KVM web console is user ID and SSL password secured to prevent unauthorized access.A scalable KVM control solution, the IP KVM Switch supports up to 8 directly-connected servers or workstation computers. To create a more flexible infrastructure, the switch can be cascaded with other existing/new KVM switches for remote control of up to 64 computers from this single IP KVM unit. To provide broader control options, the IP KVM switch supports modular integration, allowing you to add capability to your existing server remote control infrastructure. Using StarTech.com's Serial Remote Control Module (RPORT) for example, you can interact with virtually any device that uses a RS-232 serial terminal interface (network routers, switches, environmental controls, alarm systems etc.). Similarly, the IP KVM switch can be connected to StarTech.com's 8 Outlet Remote Power Switch (PCM815SHNA) to power computers and equipment on and off using an interactive menu.Designed to accommodate a wide range of operating environments, the Digital IP KVM switch is compatible with PC, Mac and Sun Servers/Systems, ensuring the flexibility needed to efficiently manage connected devices regardless of operating platform. To provide further versatility, the switch supports computers with USB or PS/2 keyboard and mouse connectors allowing a broader mix of connected computers including both legacy (PS/2) and modern (USB).To preserve valuable server room or work space, the IP KVM can be mounted into 1U of rack/cabinet space. Similarly, all external connections to the server remote control/KVM unit are located on the rear panel to eliminate cable tangles and mess.