Avocent SwitchView SC 1x4 Secure KVM w/ Intrusion Detection



Replaced by: Avocent SwitchView SC340
Recommended replacement: Avocent Cybex SC840
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The Avocent Cybex SwitchView SC140-001 is a 1x4 KVM Switch with intrusion detection. This KVM Switch includes three layers of tamper-proof hardware security to enhance security at the desktop. In addition, SwitchView SC100 switch ensures that only USB human interface devices (HIDs) function on target computers by constantly monitoring all devices attached to the console ports. This KVM switch ignores communication from non-HIDs (such as flash drives, hard disk drives, cameras and printers) when switching data to the target. In situations where the only USB port(s) for HIDs are enabled on the target computer, the SwitchView SC switch will not introduce security vulnerabilities.  The SwitchView SC100 switch offers flexible connectivity with support for USB and/or PS/2 peripherals and target computers.

Avocent SwitchView SC Features & Benefits:

  • Software security: U.S designed firmware allows only keyboard and mouse human interface devices (HID) to switch to the target computers. Devices that can be considered unsecure such as flash drives or other mass storage devices, cameras and all other USB devices are strictly prohibited by the switch firmware
  • Three layers of hardware security:
    • Tamper-evident tape: A visual indication of an attempt to gain access to the internal components of the switch
    • Chassis intrusion detection: Prevents malicious tampering with the unit. If the cover is removed from the switch, the switch becomes inoperable and the LEDs flash
    • Locked memory: Prevents tampering and reprogramming of the firmware
  • Secure channels. Two to eight fully secure channels
  • Clears buffer. Automatically clears the keyboard buffer immediately after data is transmitted through the switch, so no data is ever left in the switch.
  • Certification. NIAP Validated
  • User: Includes USB and/or PS/2 peripheral and target computer support for seamless desktop transition.  Provides VGA video resolution up to 2048x1536 @ 85Hz

Avocent SwitchView SC 100 Series Application Diagram
Avocent SwitchView SC 100 Series Application Diagram

Avocent SC140 Specifications:

Height 1.72 in. (4.37 cm.)
Width 10.36 in. (26.31 cm.)
Depth 5.68 in. (14.43 cm.)
Weight 2.3 lbs. (1 kg.)
Operating Temperature 32˚ to 104˚ F (0˚ to 40˚C)
Storage Temperature 4˚ to 122˚ F (-20˚ to 50˚C)
Operating Voltage 100-240V
Power Frequency 50-60 HZ
Input .8A
Supported Hardware  
Computers IBM, Sun, PC/AT, USB, PS/2 and 100% compatibles
Monitor VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, UXGA, WVGA, WSVGA, WXGA, WSXGA, WUXGA, and HDTV. Maximum Resolution: 2048x1536@85Hz
Peripherals USB and/or PS/2 keyboard, USB and/or PS/2 mouse
Approved Agency CE, UL 60950-1, CSA C22.2 No 60950-1, EN60950
FCC Part 15 Class B, EN55022 Class B, EN55024, 61000-3-2, 61000-3-3, VCCI Class B, Ctick, CISPR22, ICES-003, NIAP Common Criteria EAL4+
Question: Does the Avocent SwitchView SC 1x4 Secure KVM w/ Intrusion Detection work with the Dell SK-3205 104 Key Wired USB Keyboard KW240, NY559, KW218 With Smart Card Reader?
Answer: Unfortunately no, the SC140 cannot handle smart card readers. You would need to go with the 200,400,or 500 series

Question: SC140 please provide data sheet and technical POC
Answer: Thank you for you Inquiry. You can download the SC100 and SC200 series data sheet in pdf format at the following link: http://www.42u.com/pdf/avocent-svsc100-200-ds-en.pdf. In terms of any additional information required, please contact your KVM Switches Online representative toll free at 1-877-586-6654.

Question: can kvm switches be linked together
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, in general some KVM switches can be linked together. This is typically called daisy-chaining or cascading. Unfortunately, this particular unit doesn't offer that ability.

Question: What can I do if my switches break, or the internal switch stops working?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, since this is a secure KVM, there are no keyboard shortcuts to switch targets. The only option for switching are the front push buttons. Additionally, the tamper evident seals prevent user servicing of internal parts without compromising the security of the device.

Due to the varied and complicated nature of user environments, detailed product support is beyond the scope of this simple product FAQ. A good source for troubleshooting help is the Avocent support community located here: http://community.emerson.com/networkpower/support/avocent/.

It may also be possible for Avocent to repair the switch. We would recommend contacting Avocent support directly for possible repair options: http://www.emersonnetworkpower.com/en-US/Services/InfrastructureManagement/CustomerSupport/Pages/default.aspx.

Question: is there a keyboard shortcut to switch between channels ?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

NIAP certification for any 'Secure KVM Switch' requires data pathway isolation and no-buffer design as standard features ('Human Interface Devices Protection Profile'). This will prevent your devices from being listened in on, but unfortunately also cuts out the possibility for hotkey switching (hotkey requires buffering of the keyboard) on true 'Secure KVMs'. The SC140 can be switched via the buttons on the front of the unit.

For more information on Secure KVMs, please refer to this guide.

For an alternative recommendation based on your environment, please also feel free to contact your KVM Switches Online sales representative directly.