Lightweight KVM console is tough enough for the road, too

Saving space is what it’s all about in any agency’s network room. This is especially true when that network room is in a vehicle, such as the Department of Defense’s Domestic Mobile Integrated Geospatial-Intelligence System (DMIGS)  In these environments, ruggedness is also important, as the network may need to be in use while the vehicle is in motion.

ATEN just announced a display unit that fits the bill in both areas. The CL3000N is a KVM (keyboard, monitor, mouse) switch that contains a keyboard, 19-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor and a touchpad, all within a 1U rack-mountable housing. It serves as a front-end console for compatible KVM switches (such as ATEN’s own CS1316 16-port switch), and even has some PS/2, SVGA and USB ports for a second terminal or to pass through to a KVM over IP switch.

What makes the CL3000N best suited for vehicular uses is its ruggedness. It was tested to comply with Military Standard (MIL-STD) 810G and certified under its Random Vibration Test (Method 514.6, Procedure I, Category 4 Common Carrier). This means that it can take the bumps a mobile network station might incur while in motion.

Find out more about the CL3000N and other networking solutions at ATEN’s website.

About the Author

Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.

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