It is a KVM switch, a device that can connect multiple computer systems to a single mouse, keyboard, and monitor

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The TRENDnet TK-1601R is a KVM switch, a device that can connect multiple computer systems to a single mouse, keyboard, and monitor. This model does not allow for speakers or a microphone to be connected the connected computers, but it does allow for a grand total of 16 computers to be accessible at the same time.


KVM switches are designed to save time and space for the user by requiring only one set of user interface devices instead of having one set each for every computer system. The TK-1601R has 16 sets of three connections for each computer: a 6-pin keyboard connection, a 6-pin mouse connection, and a 15-pin VGA connection. Each connection requires a supplemental cable to connect the KVM switch and the computer instead of the actual mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It is also important to note that these connections are not USB. Once connected, the switch is capable of displaying each of the computer's outputs, one at a time, at a maximum of 1920 x 1440 resolution.

A hotkey can be designated on the keyboard of switching between computers, or the switch can be done by manually selecting the desired computer on the front panel of the KVM switch. LEDs are used to display the status of each computer whether it be currently in use, online, or offline. Plug and Play is available for operating systems that support it. The switch only officially supports Microsoft Windows up to the XP versions, more recent releases may or may not work.

Specifications and Features
  • dimensions: 407 x 165 x 85 mm
  • weight: 5.85 lbs
  • supported OS: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003, and Linux
  • able to connect up to 16 computers
  • 17 x PS/2 Mouse 6 pin
  • 17 x PS/2 Keyboard 6 pin
  • 17 x VGA HDB 15 pin
  • hotkey or manual push buttons for system swapping
  • LED diagnostic lights on system
  • rack-mountable
  • 2-year limited warranty
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