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What are the advantages of a KVM switch over a Layer 2 or Layer 3 switch?

How can a KVM switch effectively enhance my network rather than using a normal network Layer2 or Layer3 switch?

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The KVM in KVM switch stands for keyboard, video, and mouse switch. While some KVM switches support networking functionality that you would see in a normal network Layer2/Layer3 switch, the KVM switches are used to connect multiple computers to a single keyboard, mouse and video output device. This should not be confused with the networking components of the functionality of Layer2 and Layer3 managed and unmanaged switches.

This was first published in January 2006

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