Avocent SwitchView SC 1x8 Secure KVM w/ Intrusion Detection



Replaced by: Avocent SwitchView SC680
Recommended replacement: Avocent Cybex SC840
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The Avocent Cybex SwitchView SC180-001 is a 1x8 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 Validation to EAL4+ in process
  • 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 SC180 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, PENDING NIAP Common Criteria EAL4+
Question: We are experiencing issues with this model switch having intermittent or no communication with the keyboard. Have you had any history of this problem or possibly know the cause?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. We have not heard of any intermittent communication issues with this particular switch.

Avocent has a fairly robust support community that you can try: http://community.emerson.com/networkpower/support/avocent/

Question: Is there a rackmount for this unit?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, according to the manufacturer there is no rack mount kit for this unit.

Question: What cable do you use to the computers
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. The discontinued SC180 will use proprietary Avocent cables. Depending on the particular server being connected (PS/2 or USB, with or without Common Access Card [CAC] support), the Part numbers for the various cables are as follows:

SCPS2-6 6 ft. PS/2, VGA SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable
SCPS2-12 12 ft. PS/2, VGA SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable
SCUSB-6 6 ft. USB, VGA SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable
SCUSB-12 12 ft. USB, VGA SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable
SCPS2-C6 6 ft. PS/2, VGA, CAC SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable
SCUSB-C6 6 ft. USB, VGA, CAC SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable
SCUSB-C12 12 ft. USB, VGA, CAC SwitchView SC100 and 200 switch series cable

Question: Does this switch allow for hot key port selection?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Like most secure KVM switches, the SC180 uses only a push button on the front of the device to switch between different targets.

This is to meet a requirement that certified secure KVM switches do not store any information in a buffer and cannot use switching techniques that require storing any information in a buffer such as auto-scan, hot-key shortcuts or voice activation.