AdderLink IP Stand Alone KVM via IP/RS232



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The AdderLink ALIP provides secure internet or dial-up access to your KVM switch. The ALIP allows you to manage your computers from anywhere in the world. The AdderLink only requires a KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) connection to your computers and doesn't need any software to be loaded on your servers.

The AdderLink IP is fully compatible with VNC (Virtual Network Computing) and Java based (web browser) viewers, and doesn't require you to purchase extra software 'seat' licences. Developed in co-operation with RealVNC the AdderLink IP implements a full enterprise grade security architecture. Configuration and control menus are generated using a uniquely elegant 'in-picture' system. Automatic adaptive compression enables users to connect 'in band' via their network or 'out of band' via a dialup link.

The ALIP may be configured from the local KVM console using the OSD menu or from a remote viewer. Configuration options are only available to the admin user. Configuration options are: DHCP or specified IP, Gateway and Netmask addresses, VNC and HTTP port numbers, Shared or Exclusive access mode, Modem serial port configuration, Power serial port configuration, Keyboard layout selection, Up to 16 user accounts and passwords, Up to 128 host names and key sequences (when used with a KVM switch), Configurable unit name, Local screen saver, Remote connection idle timeout, Security settings.

AdderLink ALIP Diagram
AdderLink ALIP Diagram

Adder ALIP Features:

  • Easy on screen display driven set up and configuration
  • Enterprise grade security (using AES 128 bit encryption and RSA 2048 bit public key authentication) with 16 user profiles and access data logging
  • Can be rackmounted and used as a KVM front end
  • Compatible with most third party KVM switches
  • Supports exclusive access mode or up to four simultaneous connections
  • Feed through port provides local KVM console access
  • Modem port and 10/100 Mb Ethernet port for dialup and/or IP network access
  • Power control functions supported via dedicated serial port

Note:  Rackmount kits are sold seperately (part #'s: RMK-ALIP and RMK-ALIP-DUAL)

Adder ALIP Specifications:

Height 1.76 in. (44 mm.)
Width 7.92 in. (198 mm.)
Depth 4.8 in. (120 mm.)
Rack Units 1U
Computer connection  
1 x 15-way HD female connector (blue) Computer video connection. Supports separate or combo syncs and DDC (Display Data Channel) reporting
1 x 6-way mini-DIN connector (purple) Computer keyboard connection
1 x 6-way mini-DIN connector (green) Computer mouse connection
Local KVM console connection  
1 x 15-way HD female connector (blue) Connection to a monitor
1 x 6-way mini-DIN connector (purple) Keyboard connection
1 x 6-way mini-DIN connector (green) Mouse connection. Supports a wide range of keyboards and mice including wheel mice with extra buttons. On Screen Display driven interface enables the AdderLink IP to be setup and configured
Network port 10/100Mb auto-sensing Ethernet port. RJ45 connector
Serial port 1 9 way D-type male connector - Variable protocol with baud rates from 9600 to 115,200. Primary use is for modem connection. Supports standard dial up and ISDN modems. User definable modem configuration string. Supports IP connection via PPP protocol.
Serial port 2 9 way D-type male connector. Variable protocol with baud rates from 1200 to 115,200. Primary use is for the control of power switching products. May be used to control single or multi-port power switching products. User definable power switching trigger sequences
Option switches 2 option switches, used for flash upgrade and factory reset procedures
USB port USB connector Used for test purposes and future device support
Reset switch Unit Reset switch mounted behind a small hole in the front panel. Enables the AdderLink to be reset using a paper clip or similar
Viewer software compatibility Compatible with any VNC protocol version 3 compliant viewer AT&T 3.3.3, RealVNC 3.3.4 onwards, third party software (limited security) RealVNC 4.0s (full security) Embedded Java viewer requires Java enabled browser. Supports up to four simultaneous viewer connections.
In-picture Menus The on-screen options are generated 'in picture'. Options are: Refresh screen, Resynchronise mouse, Video synchronisation settings, Configuration (if admin user)
Operation May be used in 'Shared' (multiple user) or 'Exclusive' (single user) modes. Local KVM console, modem and network users may access the AdderLink simultaneously in shared mode. In shared mode there is a 2 second timeout between users
Security Inherent first level security provided by dial up access option. Data stream encryption using AES cipher with a 128 bit key. VNC specific security architecture enabling mutual authentication. Public key authentication using RSA method with a key length of 2048 bits or more. Enterprise quality security architecture. Security white paper will be available. Flash upgrades secured through the use of public/private key encryption and digital signatures. Supports 16 user profiles with 16 character passwords.
Networking issues Connects to Ethernet networks using the TCP/IP protocol. VNC and Java ports are user definable and may share the same port. This greatly simplifies the configuration of firewalls.
Flash upgrades Flash upgrades may be performed from a computer connected to the network after switching the AdderLink into a special upgrade mode.
Video modes Supports standard PC, Sun and Mac video modes up to resolutions of 1280 x 1024 x 75Hz. Color captured at 24 bits per pixel resolution. Color depth adapts to the speed of the network link from 24 bits per pixel to 3 bits per color for slowest dialup link.
Hardware Compatibility Supports PC, Sun (USB & 8-pin styles), Mac (USB), RS/6000, Alpha and SGI computers using PS/2 or Adder CCUSB / CCSUN interface cables as appropriate. Supports PS/2 style keyboards and 2-button, 3-button, wheel, IntelliMouse (3 button with wheel) and IntelliMouse Explorer (5 button with wheel) style mice. Supports keyboard modes 2 and 3 and variable typematic / make / make-break key functions. AdderLink operates with all known software and operating systems including Windows 3.X, 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP; DOS; Linux, Unix, BSD; Sun OS; Mac OS; NetWare etc. Compatible with most KVM switches including all Adder Technology KVM switches.