ATEN CS1768 8-Port USB DVI KVM Switch


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The ATEN CS1768 8-port USB DVI KVM Switch is a control unit that allows access and control of up to 8 computers from a single USB keyboard, USB mouse, and dual-monitor (DVI-I and VGA) console. The CS1768 KVM can be cascaded to three levels - allowing up to 73 CS1768s to control up to 512 computers - all from the original single console. In addition, the CS1768 comes with ATEN's new Video DynaSync™ technology, which optimizes display resolution.

With the ATEN CS1768 8-port KVM, there are three convenient methods to access any computer connected to the installation: (1) using the pushbutton port selection switches located on each unit's front panel; (2) entering Hotkey combinations from the keyboard; and (3) selecting from menus provided by the on-screen display (OSD). The CS1768 includes an Auto Scan feature that also permits automatic scanning and monitoring of the activities of all computers running on the installation one by one.

The ATEN CS1768 provides multimedia keyboard support and is audio enabled. Two microphones can provide audio input to each of the computers, and you can listen to the audio output of each computer on two sets of speakers (on a one-at-a-time basis).

ATEN CS1768 KVM Features:

  • A single console controls up to 16 computers
  • Daisy-chain up to 31 additional units - control up to 256 computers from a single console
  • Front accessible USB port allows each computer to access USB peripherals*
  • Dual Interface -supports computers and console with PS/2 or USB keyboards and mice
  • Multiplatform support - Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux, Mac, and Sun
  • Display Emulation Technology - stores the console monitor's EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) to optimize display resolution
  • Auto PS/2 and USB interface detection
  • USB / PS/2 keyboard and mouse emulation - computers boot even when the console focus is elsewhere
  • Video resolution up to 2048 x 1536; DDC2B
  • No software required - convenient computer selection via front panel pushbuttons, hotkeys and multilingual on-screen display (OSD) menus
  • Auto-senses station's position on daisy-chained installations; no need for manual dip switch setting; front panel led indicates station's position
  • Port names automatically reconfigured when station sequence is changed
  • Two level password security; only authorized users view and control computers; up to four users and an administrator with separate profiles for each
  • Auto Scan feature for monitoring user-selected computers
  • Broadcast mode; operations simultaneously performed on all selected computers
  • Hot pluggable - add or remove computers without having to power down the switch
  • Buzzer on/off via hotkey and OSD
  • Firmware upgrades to all the chained KVM switches at the same time via the daisy-chain cable
  • Rack mountable in 19" system rack (1U)

Aten CS1768 Diagram
ATEN 8-port USB DVI KVM Switch
(ATEN CS1768 depicted here)

Aten CS1768 Requirements:

  • Console
    • A DVI compatible monitor
    • A VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA or Multisync monitor (optional)
    • A USB Keyboard & Mouse
    • Microphone and speakers (optional)
  • Computers
    • A DVI compatible card and DVI port
    • A VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA or Multisync card and port (optional)
    • Type A USB port
    • Microphone and speaker ports (optional)

Aten CS1768 Package Content:

  • 1 CS-1768 8-port USB DVI KVM Switch
  • 2 Custom USB DVI-D KVM Cable Sets
  • 1 Firmware Upgrade Cable
  • 1 Foot Pad set (4 pads)
  • 1 Power Adapter
  • 1 User Manual

Aten CS1768 Specifications:

Height1.73 in. (4.40 cm.)
Width 6.34 in. (16.11 cm.)
Depth17.21 in. (43.72 cm.)
Weight6.17 lbs. (2.8 kg.)
Operating Temperature32-122 F (0-50 C)
Storage Temperature

-4-140 F (-20-60 C)


0-80% RH, Non-condensing

On Line8 (Orange)
Selected8 (Green)
Station ID1 x 2-digit, 7-segment (Orange)
Power1 (Dark Green)
Port SelectionOSD, Hotkey, Pushbutton
DigitalDVI Single Link: 1920 x 1200
DVI Dual Link: 2560 x 1600
Analog2048 x 1536 (VGA); DDC2B
Power ConsumptionDC 5.3V, 6.36W
Scan Interval1-255 Seconds
Supported Hardware 
EmulationUSB keyboard/mouse
Keyboard, Mouse & Monitor2 x USB Type A
1 HDB-15
Audio2 x Mini Stereo (Green)
2 x Mini Stereo (Pink)
KVM Ports8 x USB Type B
8 x DVI-I
8 x Mini Stereo (Green)
8 x Mini Stereo (Pink)
Firmware Upgrade1 x RJ11
USB Port1 x USB Type A
Power1 x DC Jack
USB 2.0 Hub2 x USB Type A
Approved Agency RoHS
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UPC 672792003011
EAN 0672792003011
Question: Will this KVM work with non ATEN brand cables?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

The Aten CS1768 utilizes standard DVI, USB (Type B), and AUX (3.5mm) connectors, which means you can use any non-proprietary KVM cable, or separate DVI, USB, and Audio cables, with the CS1768.

Question: where is this made?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. The Country of Origin for this device is Taiwan.