Avocent SwitchView SC 1x4 Secure KVM Desktop Appliance



Replaced by: Avocent Cybex SC845
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The Avocent SwitchView SC440 is a 1 user, 4 systems, SwitchView SC KVM switch with USB, DVI-I (dual link), audio, CAC support, and intrusion detection. The SC440 offers secure access for any desktop environment where security is mandatory. With USB Common Access Card (CAC) reader support, three levels of physical security, and controlled USB connectivity, you can consolidate multiple workstations of varying security classification levels with one keyboard, monitor and mouse without compromising network security. Dual link video offers uncompromising video quality up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz.

The SwitchView SC440 switch allows desktop IT administrators to deploy a single CAC reader that will switch to all computers connected to the switch. (CAC support is required for all government employees attempting to log in to government systems and is specified in the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 [HSPD12].) These switches include three layers of tamper-proof hardware security at the desktop. In addition SwitchView SC440 ensures that only USB human interface devices (HID's) function on target computers by constantly monitoring all devices attached to the console ports. These switches ignore communication from non-HID's (such as flash drives, hard disk drives, cameras and printers) when switching data to the target.

Avocent SwitchView SC440 Secure KVM Switch Back View
Avocent SwitchView SC440 Secure KVM Switch Back View

Avocent SC440 Features & Benefits:

  • NIAP Common Criteria validated to EAL4+.
  • Software Security. U.S-designed firmware allows only keyboard, mouse and common access cards (CAC) human interface devices (HID) to switch to the target computers. Devices considered unsecure, such as fl ash drives or other mass storage devices, cameras and all other USB devices, are strictly prohibited by the switch firmware.
  • Physical 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 switch. 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: Four fully secure channels isolated to 60db. Safely switch between computers operating at different classification levels - without compromising network security.
  • Clears buffer: Automatically clears the keyboard buffer immediately after data is transmitted through the switch, so no data is ever left in the switch

Avocent SC440 Specifications:

Height 1.85 in. (4.7 cm.)
Width 10.36 in. (26.3 cm.)
Depth 7.25 in. (18.4 cm.)
Weight 3.2 lbs. (1.5 kg.)
Operating Temperature 41° to 104°F (5° to 40°C)
Storage Temperature -4° to 122°F (-20° to 50°C)
Operating Voltage 100 - 240 VAC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz
Input Power 30W
Device Support  
Computers USB and single-head DVI-I
Video Dual-link DVI-I, VGA (with adapter)
maximum resolution 2560x1600 @ 60Hz
Peripherals USB keyboard, USB mouse, USB CCID smart card reader or CAC reader
Approved Agency UL, FCC, cUL, ICES-003, CE- VCCI, C-Tick, NIAP Common Criteria validated to EAL4+
Question: Can this KVM Switch support a smart card keyboard combination?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry., According to our Avocent contact, this KVM will support a keyboard with integrated CAC reader as long as the keyboard is CCID compliant.

If you have issues installing the driver, please see this Avocent Support Community post:

Question: How can I use multiple monitors at my avocent 440 station?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately the SC 400 series does not support dual monitors. While the units are dual-link, they are not dual-head. Dual-link DVI provides additional data channels that effectively double the available video bandwidth for increased resolutions.

For a dual monitor system the KVM will require two available video ports on both the target computer and KVM switch itself, for each attached system. The SC 500 series is a comparable dual-head KVM: https://www.kvm-switches-online.com/sc540.html.

Question: Is it really 1.85"H or 1.75"H (i.e., within 1 rack unit)? Is there rackmount kit available?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. We have seen the height listed by Avocent for this unit as 1.85", 1.875" and 1.9". Unfortunately, it appears this unit will not fit within 1U of rack space.

For the most part, the SwitchView series is considered a desktop KVM. While some of the 8-port models and other subsets (like the SC100,SC200 and SC600 series) come in under 1.75" in height, there is not a specific rackmount kit for any but the SC8PDV.

Question: Can USB extenders be used to put keyboards and mice further away?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, the security features of this switch prevent the use of a USB extension device. This switch will only detect mouse, keyboard and CAC reader USB type devices and would not recognize a USB extension device. If it was possible, another potential issue would arise in that the only way to switch target devices is via the push buttons on the front of the switch.

Question: for replacement purposes, what is the p/n for the power supply and the power cord that comes with the SC440-001?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. The replacement power supply is the SVEPSES-001.

Question: Do you have these in stock?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

The SC440 is fully discontinued without any leftover stock or plans to manufacture more. The SC440 was replaced by the Avocent Cybex SC845. You use the Avocent SC340 if you want to stay with the same series.

If you would like a recommendation based on your setup, please feel free to contact your KVM Switches Online sales representative directly at 1-877-586-6654, at sales@kvm-switches-online.com, or via our online Chat functionality.

Question: Flashing buttons..
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry

If you have checked all of your cable connections and tried changing resolutions on your source device / target display, we would recommend contacting Vertiv (Avocent) Technical support at +1 800 543 2378 or at support.avocent@vertivco.com

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