(If someone can point me to another group that would be better suited
for this question, I'd greatly appreciate it.)
I'm starting up a very small home business (just testing the waters for
now) and, if it looks like it's going to go anywhere, one of the first
things I'm going to want to set up with the initial profits is an IP
KVM. My current KVMs have been great for personal use, but I'm going
to need more ports, better remote access solutions, and direct hardware
(BIOS, power-cycle, etc.) access remotely. So a decent IP KVM seems
like the best overall solution.
I've been Googling around and have found plenty of sales-this and
marketing-that, but sites with _actual_ technical descriptions of
functionality and price comparisons seem to be few and far between.
Before I even think of making a purchase of this magnitude, I'll need
to be as informed as I can be on the subject.
Has anyone had experience with IP KVM devices before? Can you point me
to some technical resources? Most sites I find are written to address
a purchasing manager or some high-level business planner. I need
something that addresses the guy in the server room who needs to hook
the thing up. Explanations of what I'll need (separate pieces of
hardware to sit between the KVM's rj45 ports and the machines' k/v/m
ports, for example), explanations of how to connect remotely (web
browser or client app? what port does it come in on?), etc.
If anyone has any advice or recommendations, I'd greatly appreciate it.
One thing that needs to be considered, at least for now, is the price.
The difference between a $1500 solution and a $5000 solution is
crucial for a small start-up like this. I need to specifically
identify the products that fit my needs, forsaking extra bells and
whistles, and deliver what I'm looking for at the best price I can get.
David P. Donahue