Avocent 4-User 16-Port Cat5 Matrix KVM Switch



Replaced by: Avocent MX Matrix KVM
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The Avocent® AMX5030 4-user, 16-port analog High Performance Matrix KVM solution is designed for organizations that need to provide workers the ability to seamlessly access and share one or more computing resource(s) which are physically separated from their work environment. This solution provides four users with an "at-the-desktop" experience from their work stations to any appliances, PCs or computing resources attached to the Avocent AMX 5030 matrix. This secure, real-time, high-quality, "at-the-desktop" user experience is perfect for demanding environments such as pre and postproduction editing (broadcast), control rooms (broadcast, industrial, manufacturing, energy/utilities, IT, telecom and emergency response) and collaborative environments (training/simulation, medical diagnosis and imaging and financial trading desks).

The Avocent AMX systems is used in the command centers of major power plants; streamlines the editing of Hollywood blockbusters and is used in production environments by a vast majority of major broadcasting television and cable networks. In these and other cases, the Avocent AMX system enables organizations to improve employee productivity, reduce IT costs and, ultimately, produce better business results for their customers.

The Avocent AMX5030 High Performance Matrix KVM is the ideal solution for these demanding environments. The Avocent AMX matrix system can be deployed in a secure, closed, matrix environment and can offer reduced IT administration costs due to its easy-to-configure architecture. The centralized Avocent AMX switches provide users the ability to build completely redundant systems with automatic failover and virtually instant switches when switching between target systems.

The Avocent AMX solution centralized management features such as LDAP-based user rights management and event logging, keeping a centralized record of user access. Its matrix nature - of existing on its own proprietary matrix system - allows for its use within high-security environments.

Avocent AMX5010 KVM Switch Function Diagram
Avocent AMX Matrix KVM System Function Diagram
(depicting AMX5010-AM)

Avocent AMX5030-001 KVM Switch Features and Benefits:


  • Full Bandwidth and Real-Time Access to Servers - Facilitates access to multiple servers and applications where full-bandwidth video quality is critical
  • Easy-to-Use OSCAR™ Graphical User Interface - No training required for immediate user interaction with target computers
  • Multi-Platform Support - PS/2, USB, Sun and SGI servers and VT100 serial-based devices
  • Specialized Application Support - The Avocent AMX 5030 switch is a proven choice for test labs, demo labs, design and broadcast environments; Avocent AMX switches are compatible with all major broadcast devices including Pinnacle Deko, Harris Device Manager and Raid arrays


  • Automatic Compensation for Any Video Losses Induced by Cabling - Simplifies the installation of equipment and guarantees highest-quality video for each user without any user intervention
  • Dual-Matrix Support - Connects user station to two Avocent AMX KVM switches for switch redundancy with automatic failover for mission-critical reliability


  • Out-of-Band Access to Computers - Users can access all cascaded computers without the need to access the corporate network
  • End-to-End UTP Cable, Including CAT-5 and 5e - Eliminates bulky cabling connections and delivers real-time, high bandwidth video up to 1,000 feet from the server


  • Consolidates the Local Ports of KVM over IP Products - Users have back-up access to servers independent of the IP network
  • Consolidates Access to Existing Analog KVM Switches - Users can integrate legacy KVM switches into their matrix KVM solution
  • Avocent AMWorks™ Java-Based System Administration Tool - Centralized management is easier with this versatile software
  • AMIQ Server Interface Module - Built-in memory eases configuration and installation by assigning and retaining unique server identification codes for each attached server
  • Includes SNMP Traps - Users can set up SNMP traps in the Avocent AMX switch for report alarms to an external logging destination
  • Event Logs - Avocent AMWorks software maintains a record of all user logins and switching activity
  • Scalable Architecture - Avocent AMX switches easily accommodate additional servers and users in growing network infrastructures


  • Integration with Other LDAP Services for Authentication - Users can utilize a single LDAP database for authentication, minimizing the administration overhead of their existing network authentication process.

Avocent AMX5030-001 KVM Switch Specifications:

Height 1.7 in. (4.3 cm)
Width 17.2 in. (43.2 cm)
Depth13.9 in. (35.2 cm)
Weight9.3 lbs. (3.7 kg) without cables
Operating Temperature32 to 122°F (0 to 50°C)
Storage Temperature-4 to 122°F (-20 to 70°C)
Operating Voltage100 to 240 VAC
Power Frequency50 - 60 Hz autosensing
Input Power75W Max
Supported Hardware
ComputersPC, Sun, Mac, SGI, serial-based devices via AMIQ and AMIQDM modules
User Station MonitorVGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, up to 1920x1440 @ 60Hz resolution (standard mode) or 1920x1200 @ 60Hz resolution
PeripheralsAvocent AMX 5111, Avocent AMX 5121 and Avocent AMX 5130 user stations (PS/2 keyboard and mouse, USB keyboard and mouse)
Approved AgencyUL, FCC, cUL, ICES-003, CE,
UPC / EAN Barcode icon
UPC 636430029627
EAN 0636430029627
Question: We currently are using an AMX5030-001 in our design. When trying to procure another one it looks like it is obsolete and the closest replacement is MXS5120-001. Is this a form, fit, function replacement or are we going to have to do design changes (cabling, new user stations, etc...) to make this work in our system?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

AMX obsoleted a few years ago. The direct replacement was the Avocent Matrix KVM which is similar in design to the AMX (e.g. switch with a set number of ports, receivers, and transmitters). AMX and Matrix cannot co-exist so one would have to replace out for a Matrix switch, Rx and Tx units. A further alternative is the Adder Infinity system which uses Rx and Tx units but relies on network switch(es) for the interconnectivity. It also has a manager which acts more like an admin and traffic cop for directing the sessions between Rx and Tx units.

Let us know if you have any additional questions or would like to see a budgetary quote for a KVM refresh.