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Avocent SwitchView 4-Port USB KVM Switch w/ Cables



Recommended replacement: Aten CS64US
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The Avocent SwitchView 4SV120BND1, 4-port USB KVM Switch, allows you to connect and control your entire desktop. This USB KVM Switch lets you access and control up to four USB-enabled multimedia computers using only one USB keyboard and mouse and VGA monitor.

This KVM Switch is part of the SwitchView 100 series KVM switching solutions which includes four compact desktop KVM switches that support small office/home office (SOHO) and desktop multimedia applications. The SwitchView 100 series switches provide audio and microphone support. Cables are included.

The following models are also available:

SwitchView 100 Series KVM Switch Features:

  • Miniature KVM switch design does not compete for space on the desktop
  • Audio and microphone switching support
  • Connects to the analog audio ports of the computer
  • Easily switch between channels using pushbuttons or hotkeys
  • USB interface powered. No external power supply
  • Cables ship with switch
  • Supports 2048 x 1536 video resolution
  • Designed for the small office/home office

Avocent 4SV120BND1 Specifications:

Height 1 in. (26 mm.)
Width 3 in. (72 mm.)
Depth 6 in. (164 mm.)
Housing Plastic
Power Type USB interface power
PC Connections 4
Console Connections 1
PC Port Connections 4 x HDB 15-pin male
4 x 3.5 mm audio/mic jack
Console Port Connectors 2 x USB Type A (keyboard and mouse)
1 x HDB 15-pin female
1 x 3.5 mm audio jack
1 x 3.5 mm mic jack
Cables 4 x KVM cables for USB
4 x Audio/Mic Cables
PC Selections Pushbuttons/Hotkeys
PC Port LED 4 Green
VGA Resolution 2048 x 1536
Certifications FCC, CE, C-tick
Question: Does this switch work with an LCD flat screen monitor?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Assuming the flat panel in question has a VGA connection, then yes the Avocent SwitchView 4SV120BND1 will work with your flat panel display.

Question: I'm using a Logitech G11 gaming keyboard. Will I experience compatibility problems?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. We have not tested that particular keyboard with any KVMs, however, Avocent switches tend to be one of the better performers in terms of compatibility. On the other hand, we have heard that complicated gaming type keyboards can be pretty fussy when it comes to KVMs.

That being said, even if the gaming keyboard does work, many times special keys and software dependent features no longer function. Some success has been had using a "USB Hub" equipped KVM, and attaching the gaming keyboard to the "USB hub", as opposed to the console connection. Please note, however, that this typically results in some loss of functionality in regards to Hotkey switching and other keyboard supported functions.

There are other factors that may impact compatibility as well, such as types of operating systems involved. Essentially, we cannot guarantee that there would be no compatibility issues with any particular environment.

Question: Is this compatible with Windows 7?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. We have not tested it, but since this is a hardware based switch, without any software required, it should work with Windows 7.

However, we have heard of issues with Windows 7 and KVMs regarding EDID (extended display identification data) polling issues, especially when switching between windows 7 and XP using DVI video. Whether your particular setup will have this issue, we cannot say, but Avocent switches are pretty solid and we have not had any issues.

Question: Can this switch support Windows Server 2008? Thanks. Jay
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. We do not have specific Windows Server 2008 compatibility information, but this hardware based solution is operating system independent and should work just fine with Server 2008.

We have not tested this unit with that operating system, so could not guarantee compatibility, but we have not heard of any issues.

Question: Can the console via USB, and 1 PC via USB and a second PC with PS / 2 to operate (with appropriate cable) to the USB version?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Conversion is never an ideal situation. While going from USB to PS/2 is relatively stable, going from PS/2 to USB is not something we recommend. There is an Avocent SwitchView KVM that supports both USB and PS/2 that may serve your purposes better.

Question: can a printer be used from both computers?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, this particular KVM does not support USB hub functionality, so a printer could not be attached and shared across the target computers. You would need either a separate USB hub switcher or multiple printers.

To find a 4-port KVM with USB hub fonctionality, visit this page https://www.kvm-switches-online.com/4-port-w-hub.html.

Question: Is this switch USB 1.1 or 2.0?
Answer: Thank you for your patients. We just heard back from the manufacturer, which confirmed that this switch is USB 1.1.

Question: I'm using a wireless Logitech keyboard & mouse that use a unify dongle. Will this switch work?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, due to the very different way in which wireless keyboards and mice communicate, support is pretty hit or miss for any particular environment. We typically suggest a high quality KVM when attempting this type of solution. We have had many customers go with Avocent switches, like this one, and not run into problems. However, please note, we could not guarantee it would work in any particular environment. For the best performance and greatest compatibility, we always suggest basic wired mice and keyboards.

Beyond the difficulties with wireless keyboard/mouse communications, we are not familiar with the unifying dongle and have not tested its use in a KVM environment. If it passes non-standard communications to the KVM unit, operation may not be as desired. Using only one peripheral port may also present issues, as the KVM may assume the mouse or keyboard is not present.

One other item to note, this unit supports USB 1.1, so if the unifying dongle requires USB 2.0 to operate, it may not function properly in any case.

Question: Does it emulate keyboard and mouse to all computers (i.e. is switching instantaneous or does every computer have to 'discover' the KM every time?)
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. According to the manufacturer, Avocent KVMs 'ping' the server on a regular basis to keep full-time mouse and keyboard activity. However, we have seen mention of a switching delay on a support forum from 2012 with no specific resolution provided; and unfortunately there was not enough information to determine if this might be a setup specific issue or a more general issue with a particular operating system.

We do note, though, that most reviews do not mention a switching lag.

UPDATE: We have received additional information from Avocent regarding the SwitchView 100 series of desktop KVMs. These units were designed with standard USB pass-thru and do not have any keyboard emulation.

Question: key board and mouse is not working , why?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, detailed product support is beyond this simple FAQ. That being said, here are a few things to try. Make sure all cables are well seated. Reboot the KVM and attached computers. Try the keyboard and mouse attached directly to the server/computer to see if they function as expected. If the keyboard and mouse are wireless, try basic wired versions.

For more detailed support, we would recommend contacting the manufacturer directly: http://www.emersonnetworkpower.com/en-US/Support/Technical-Support/KVM/Pages/default.aspx.

Avocent also has a support community that may provide some answers: http://community.emerson.com/networkpower/support/avocent/

Question: Does this switch work with wireless logitech kb and mouse? The IOGear GCS1734 does not.
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry.
Using wireless keyboards and mice is very hit or miss when it comes to KVMs. This is related to the very different way in which wireless peripherals communicate and a KVM's internal mouse/keyboard emulation. We cannot guarantee a particular wireless setup will work with a particular KVM.

That being said, customers who attempt to use wireless keyboards and mice find Avocent switches, like the 4sv120bnd1 to work best.

Again, it is a hit or miss proposition and we cannot guarantee any switch will work. For best performance and compatibility, we always suggest wired keyboards and mice.

Question: Does this KVM have USB out to for connecting to an external hard drive/DVD
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

The Avocent 4SV120BND1 does not feature a switchable USB port (USB Hub) for peripheral devices such as hard drives. You can find a full list of our 4 port VGA KVM switches with USB hubs for external HDD/DVD here: https://www.kvm-switches-online.com/4-port-usb-vga.html

If you would like a recomendation based on your setup, please feel free to contact your KVM Switches Online sales reprasentative directly at 1-877-586-6654, at sales@kvm-switches-online.com, or via our online Chat functionality.

Question: Im looking for a retail installation for POS equipment and 2 PC's I need to connect to a video monitor for IBM POS equipment and two other computers. Other KVM create flickering of the screen.
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

Device lag / flickering during switching is a common issue with cheaper budget KVMs. Higher quality and normal KVMs include a physical chip that constantly buffers / emulates the video signal to each of the attached computers. This feature, usually called EDID Emulation or Display Emulation, prevents that flickering that you have been experiencing.

Looking at the specs on that Avocent unit, you may want to consider one of the following switches
Aten CS1734b
Belkin F1DS104

If you would like a recomendation based on your setup, please feel free to contact your KVM Switches Online sales reprasentative directly at 1-877-586-6654, at sales@kvm-switches-online.com, or via our online Chat functionality.

Question: Pls, can I use this switch to share 2 PC with only one printer?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

Some KVM switches include built in USB Hub compatibility - separate USB port(s) that can be switched between the connected devices. The Avocent 4SV120BND1 does not include this feature, which restricts the ability to share a device like a printer.

If you are looking for just switching the printer (no keyboard-video-mouse switching), you may want to take a look at this Iogear printer switch: https://www.kvm-switches-online.com/gub431.html

If you are looking for a KVM switch with the ability to switch your printer, one of the following KVMs could work for you:

Aten CS1734B
Belkin F1DS104L

If you would like a recommendation based on your setup, please feel free to contact your KVM Switches Online sales representative directly at 1-877-586-6654, at sales@kvm-switches-online.com, or via our online Chat functionality.