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Raritan MCD-232 - MasterConsole Digital - Next Generation Cat5 KVM switch

Raritan MCD-232 MasterConsole Digital KVM is a dual-user switch to used to control multiple servers. It features KVM ports for 32 servers and can be cascaded 2 levels to support up to 1024 connections at distances up to 150 feet (45 meters). Connecting to a computer is made easier with the use of standard Category 5/6/6e cables. MCD-232 provides a friendly OSD (On-Screen Display) interface and hotkeys for quick and easy access connected computers.

Raritan's MCD-232 is ideal for small to midsized businesses (SMB) who need to have a centralized point of access to multiple servers without the expense and clutter of a dedicated keyboard, mouse, and monitor for each computer or server. MCD-232 supports the highest HD video resolution of up to 1920x1080 via standard Category 5/6/6e cabling. The multi-format video interface supports both Analog - VGA and Digital - DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. Stereo audio is also supported by using VGA combo cables or MCD-232's HDMI Computer Interface Modules (CIMs).

Raritan MCD-232 Diagram


Raritan MCD-232 supports HDMI/DVI/DP/VGA video

Supports HDMI/DVI/DP/VGA video and stereo audio

MCD-232 MasterConsole Digital supports severs with both analog (VGA) and digital video: HDMI, DVI, and DisplayPort (DP). Audio is supported by Raritan's MDCIM-HDMI or MDUTP VGA KVM combo cables.

Raritan MCD-232 High Definition Digital or Analog Video & Audio

High-definition video support up to 1920x1080

MCD-232 supports 1920 x 1080 video resolutions at 150 feet.


Raritan MCD-232 User Management

Two Users can manage 32 servers

Dual users user can manage 32 servers connected to MCD-232. Users can also expand up to 1024 servers by cascading the units.


Raritan MCD-232 On-Screen Display

Intuitive On-Screen Display

Plug-and-play installation, auto-configuration, and easy-to-use on-screen displays. Targets can be labeled with device names for easier server selection from the OSD.

Raritan MCD-232 AutoScan / AutoSkip

AutoScan / AutoSkip

AutoScan allows users to scan servers at variable rates for effortless monitoring. AutoSkip allows users to bypass inactive channels.

Cascading Raritan MCD-232 for Expansion up to 1024 servers

Cascading for Expansion

MCD-232 can be cascaded 2 levels, by using Raritan's MDCIM-DVI or MDUTP cables, to control up to 1024 servers


Raritan MasterConsole Digital LCD Console

Integrated Switch & Console Drawer

Raritan MasterConsole Digital series is also available as a space-saving 17" Console Drawer with an Integrated KVM Switch (MCD-LED)

Additional Features

Next generation Cat5 interface supports digital & analog video interfaces and audioMCD-232 MasterConsole Digital KVM Switch is the next generation of Raritan Cat5 KVM switches. It supports dual user control of up to 32 servers.
Space-Saving Design MCD-232 is only 1U of rack space in height
Cross-Platform and Hardware Independent

MCD-232 works with a mixture of servers that have USB keyboard/mouse interfaces and HDMI/DVI/DP digital video interfaces or analog VGA.

MDCIMs are available for support of various servers and devices in your data center including MS-DOS, Windows 7/8/8.1/10, Linux (Red Hat, Novell Suse), Macintosh OS9, OSX and SCO UNIX.

"keep-alive" technologyMCD-232 server interface cables (MDCIMs) with "keep-alive" technology allow users to add, remove and hot-swap CIMs without interruption to the live servers. MDCIMs also support DDC, DDC2, and DDC2B.
Cat5 SimplicityUtilizes Cat5e/6/6e cabling to carry the KVM signaling from the server (via MDCIMs) to a KVM switch.
Servers can be labeled with server' namesAllows easier server selection from the on-screen menu.
Simple Installation Plug-and-play installation, auto-configuration along with easy-to-use, on-screen displays. With the one-man installation kit, you can easily install MCD-232 in the rack.
Password Authentication Support of one administrator and 127 user profiles for secure access and simple management.

Accessories & Optional Expansion

MCD-232 Package Contents

  • (1) Raritan MCD-232
  • (1) US Power cord
  • (1) 1U Rackmount kit (including brackets and associated screws)
  • (1) DVI-I to VGA adapter
    • Note: This adapter can be used for connecting a VGA monitor or for connecting a 2nd-tier MCD switch via "MDUTP" cables.
  • (1) Quick Setup Guide
  • (1) Warranty Card - 2 Years

Raritan MCD-232 Specifications

Width 17.33 in. (440mm)
Depth5.91 in. (150mm)
Height 1.73 in. (44mm)
Weight5.02 lbs. (2276g)
Form Factor1U, full width
rack mountable (brackets included)
Connections & Indicators 
Supported console users 2
Channel ports (female RJ-45) 32
Female USB-A ports (for keyboard/mouse) 4
Female DVI-I ports (for video output) 2
Female 3.5mm audio jack (for audio output) 2
Female Micro USB (for firmware upgrade) 1
Reset button (for power cycle)1
AC socket 1
Power switch 1
Channel LEDs (white, but turn green when accessed) 32
Power LED (blue) 1
Maximum number of servers with a two-tier system comprising the same models1024
Video support 1920 x 1200 @75Hz (VGA)
1920 x 1080@60Hz (DVI)
Maximum Input Power RatingAC100-240V, DC12C/5A
Maximum Power ConsumptionDC 12V/5.42A (65W)
Operating Temperature32° (0°C) to 122° (50°C)
Storage temperature-4° (-20°C) to 140° (60°C)
Humidity0-80% RH , Non-condensing
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)> 300,000 Hours
Question: If I have a PIV (smartcard reader) connected to the local USB on the MCD-232, will that device pass through to the selected system along with the keyboard and mouse?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, the USB port on these devices supports keyboard and mouse input only.

For recommendations on a specific KVM that supports transparent USB, please contact your KVM Switches Online representative at 1-877-586-6654 or via our chat feature to discuss your project in greater detail.