APC AP9258 User Manual

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KVM Switch

AP9254

AP9258

For use in Europe: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish

Thank You!

Thank you for selecting the APC KVM Switch. The APC KVM Switch has been designed for many years of reliable, maintenance free service. APC is dedicated to the development of high-performanceelectrical power conversion and control products and we hope that you will find this product a valuable, convenient addition to your computing system.

Please read this manual! It provides important safety, installation and operating instructions that will help you get the most from your switch.

Save this manual! It includes instructions for obtaining factory service should

the proper operation of the APC KVM Switch come into question.

Radio Frequency Interference

WARNING: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.

FCC Statement

NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a

Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are

designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the

equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates,

uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in ac-

cordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio

communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to

cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the

interference at his own expense.

Canadian Department of Communications Statement

This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class A limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department of Communications.

Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites applicables aux appareils numériques de la classe A prescrites dans le Règlement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le Ministère des Communications du Canada.

Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1 - Product Overview

 

Feature Overview ..........................................................................................................

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Compatibility ....................................................................................................................

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Chapter 2 - Installation

 

Basic Installation .............................................................................................................

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Rack Mount Installation ..............................................................................................

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Advanced Installation..................................................................................................

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Chapter 3 - Basic Operations

 

Overview ...........................................................................................................................

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Keyboard Control ..........................................................................................................

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Keyboard Switching .....................................................................................................

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System Control & Maintenance ..............................................................................

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Chapter 4 - OSD Operations

 

Activating OSD ...............................................................................................................

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The OSD Window .........................................................................................................

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The Command Menu ..................................................................................................

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Basic Channel Maintenance ....................................................................................

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The ID Window ..............................................................................................................

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Administrator Functions ............................................................................................

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Chapter 5 - Channel Scanning

 

Choosing a Scanning Method ................................................................................

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Setting the Scanning Order .....................................................................................

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Turning Scanning On and Off ................................................................................

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Setting the Scanning Dwell Time ..........................................................................

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Scanning and Security ................................................................................................

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Chapter 6 - Appendices

 

Specifications ...................................................................................................................

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Pairing .................................................................................................................................

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Troubleshooting ............................................................................................................

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Problem Report ...............................................................................................................

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Entire contents copyright © 1998 American Power Conversion.

 

All rights reserved; reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

INSTRUCTIONS: The exclamation mark within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

DANGEROUS VOLTAGE: The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

PROTECTIVE EARTHING TERMINAL: A terminal which must be connected to the earth prior to making any other connections to the equipment.

POWER ON: This symbol indicates the principle on/off switch is in the on position.

POWER OFF: This symbol indicates the principle on/off switch is in the off position.

1.1 Product Overview - Feature Overview

The APC KVM Switch allows you to control up to 64 computers with one keyboard, monitor and mouse. Each computer can be up to 25 feet away from the switch. The switch works with IBM PC/AT and PS/2 systems, and 100% compatible machines with support for VGA, SVGA, XGA and XGA-IIvideo. PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse peripherals are supported through the rear of the unit.

Expansion for up to 64 computers

An APC KVM Switch unit will support from one to eight attached computers or channels. If more than eight channels are needed, multiple units can be cascaded together for expansion. Up to 2 tiers of units can be connected for a total of 64 attached computers in one system.

On-screendisplay capability

Configure and control your APC KVM Switch with on-screenmenuing. Name your computer channels anything you wish, then select the desired computer from aneasy-to-usemenu. Secondary menus let you configure and initiate channel scanning and other system features.

Advanced security for total control over system access

Use the advanced two-levelsecurity feature to configure and control server access for every type of user in the system. The administrator has full access privileges; individual users can have viewing or viewing/ editing capability for each attached server.

IntelliMouse support

The APC KVM Switch offers full support for the Microsoft IntelliMouse.

OSD Configuration Utility

The OSD Configuration Utility allows the administrator to easily configure and download a channel list with defined users and access privileges to the entire system. This utility will also read and save your current configuration for extra security.

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Push-buttonand keyboard switching

In addition to using the on-screenmenus, you can switch computer channels in one of three easy ways: via the APC KVM Switch channelpush-buttons,with the Scan button or with a simple keyboard sequence.

“Keep Alive” feature

APC KVM Switch’s “Keep Alive” feature allows attached servers to power the unit in the event of a switch power failure. This prevents attached computers from locking up and keeps you from losing time and data.

Built-inscanning capabilities

A built-inscanning feature allows you to automatically monitor, or scan, your computers without intervention. When keyboard activity is detected, scanning is suspended until all activity stops. Scanning then resumes with the next channel in sequence.

Status indicator LEDs

Indicator LEDs give you constant readings on the status of your APC KVM Switch unit. Status, scanning and channel LEDs take the guesswork out of system operation and diagnostics.

A typical APC KVM Switch configuration is shown below.

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1.2 Compatibility

The APC KVM Switch requires a PS/2 mouse and keyboard. The following mice are known to be compatible:

IBM PS/2-style

Logitech Trackman

Kensington

Microsoft Serial-PS/2mouse

Logitech Mouseman (PS/2)

Microsoft IntelliMouse

Other manufacturers' mice may operate with the APC KVM Switch. If you experience problems using an untested mouse, contact APC Technical Support with the manufacturer and model number of the mouse in question.

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2.1Installation - Basic Installation

1.Power down all computers that will be part of your APC KVM Switch system.

Connecting your Peripherals

2.Locate your PS/2 keyboard, VGA video monitor and PS/2 mouse.

3.Plug your VGA monitor cable into the port on the back of your

APC KVM Switch. Plug your PS/2 keyboard cable and your PS/2 mouse cable into the ports labeled andrespectively.

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Connecting Computers to the APC KVM Switch

4.Locate your first input cable. It will have a 25-pin“D” connector at one end. Plug this cable into any numbered channel port on the rear of the switch. The other end of the input cable will have three connectors: a15-pin“HDD” connector for your video, a PS/2 keyboard connection and a PS/2 mouse connection. The PS/2 connectors are designated by a mouse or keyboard icon on the connector. Plug these connectors into the matching ports on your computer.

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5.Locate your next input cable. Repeat step 4 until all computers are properly attached to the switch.

6.Locate the power cord that came with your APC KVM Switch unit. Plug it into the IEC power connector on the switch. Make sure that the power switch is off, then plug the other end of the power cord into an APC UPS or appropriate AC wall outlet. This outlet must be near the equipment and easily accessible, to allow for unplugging prior to any servicing of the unit.

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7. Power-upyour APC KVM Switch unit first, then all attached servers.

The APC KVM Switch and all attached servers should be powered-downbefore servicing the unit. Always disconnect the power cord from the electrical socket.

2.2Rack Mount Installation

1.Remove the side screws that secure the cover on your KVM Switch.

2.Line up the holes in the side brackets with the screw holes in the side of the KVM Switch unit.

3.Using the previously removed screws, thread one through each of the holes in the sides of the rack mount brackets and into the KVM Switch cover. Tighten them securely.

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