Lenovo ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM SwitchProduct Guide

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Updated
15 May 2019
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LP1057
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Abstract

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch is an analog keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) console manager that provides enhanced local access, management, and security capabilities to Lenovo servers environments.

This product guide provides essential presales information to understand the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch and its key features, specifications and compatibility. This guide is intended for technical specialists, sales specialists, sales engineers, IT architects, and other IT professionals who want to learn more about KVM swtich and consider its use in IT solutions.

Change History

Changes in the May 15 update:

  • Added a note that for a local VGA display, use the ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable.

Introduction

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch is an analog keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) console manager that provides enhanced local access, management, and security capabilities to Lenovo servers environments.

The switch has eight target ports and supports one local user. Local video resolution can be up to 1920 x 1080. Two level tiering allows you to manage up to 64 servers connected to multiple console switches from one local console. The following figure shows the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch.

ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch
Figure 1. ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch

Did you know?

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch is an ideal low-cost entry point for local management of your servers. Each switch supports mouse, keyboard and display connectivity to up to 8 servers, and the switch uses low-cost and flexible CAT-5 cables for convenience and durability.

Part number information

Ordering information is shown in the following table.

Table 1. Ordering information
Part number Feature code Description
1754A1T 1754-HC5 B38H ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch
4X97A11106 B38E ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM
4X97A11108 B38G ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch includes the following items:

  • 8-port console switch
  • Rack mounting hardware to mount the switch in a 1U rack space
  • Power cable, 1 meter length, C13-C14 connectors
  • Publications flyer

The Analog 1x8 KVM Switch allows you to share one workspace (keyboard, mouse, and display) across many target servers. The target servers are connected to the console switch via CAT-5 cables and a USB Conversion Cable at the target end.

The ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM, 4X97A11106, is a 2 meter cable that connects to each target server and provides a USB, VGA and 3.5mm audio cable connector, as shown in the following figure.

ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM
Figure 2. ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable for Analog KVM, 4X97A11106

If the target server has a DVI video port instead of VGA, use the ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable, 4X97A11108, in conjunction with the ThinkSystem USB Conversion Cable. The VGA to DVI Conversion Cable is also used in a two-tiered configuration as described in the Tiered consoles section.

The VGA to DVI cable is shown in the following figure.

ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable, 4X97A11108
Figure 3. ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable, 4X97A11108

The switch provides a DVI port and two USB ports for local keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) connections. If the cable you have to connect the display has a VGA connector instead of a DVI connector, use the ThinkSystem VGA to DVI Conversion Cable, 4X97A11108, to convert the DVI port to a VGA port.

Connections

The following figure shows the connections on the rear of the Analog 1x8 KVM Switch.

Connections on the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch
Figure 4. Connections on the rear of the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch

The following figure shows the front of the Analog 1x8 KVM Switch.

Status LEDs on the front of the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch
Figure 5. Status LEDs on the front of the ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch

Specifications

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch has the following specifications:

  • Based on the Raritan MasterConsole Digital MCD-108 Cat5 KVM switch
  • Supports 1 local user (USB mouse & keyboard, DVI video port, audio port)
  • Allows connectivity up to 8 directly connect servers via Cat-5 cables and USB Conversion Cable
  • Supports two-tier configurations so that up to 64 servers can be managed from 1 local user interface
  • Front panel LEDs allow for instant monitoring of server statuses
  • On-screen display (OSD) interface enables fast and easy switching (default hot-key for the OSD is pressing Scroll Lock three times)
  • Servers can be labeled with meaningful names for quick identification and selection
  • OSD menus can be operated with keyboard hot keys
  • Password security ensures only authorized access to managed servers
  • “Keep-alive” technology maintains non-stop server operation, even in the event of power loss
  • AutoSkip function to bypass inactive channels; AutoScan computers at variable rates
  • Upgradeable firmware (via front USB port)
  • Maximum video resolution:
    • VGA: 1920 x 1200 @ 75Hz
    • DVI: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
  • Reliability is greater than 300,000 Hours MTBF
  • Input power: 100-240 Vac, 1.5 A

Comparison with the LCM8 switch

The following table compares the Analog 1x8 KVM Switch to the LCM8 console switch.

The LCM8 switch is described in the LCM8 and LCM16 Local Console Managers product guide:
https://lenovopress.com/tips0788-lcm8-and-lcm16-local-console-managers

Table 2. Comparison of features
Feature Analog 1x8 KVM LCM8
Part number 1754A1T 1754A1X
Number of local concurrent users 1 1
Local user connections: KVM DVI + USB VGA + USB
Remote user connections No Optional, with LCM
Digital Activation Key
Maximum number of target systems: Direct 8 8
Maximum number of target systems: Daisy-chained None 128
Maximum number of target systems: Tiered configuration 64 128
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1600x1200 (4:3)
1680x1050 (wide)
Support for USB Conversion Option Yes Yes
Support for Virtual Media Conversion Option No Yes
Virtual Media No Yes
Two Factor Authentication (TFA) device support No Yes
Password protection Yes Yes
Serial port No Yes
Ethernet port No Yes
Keep Alive feature in Conversion Option Yes Yes
Firmware upgrades to the console switch Yes Yes
100-240V, 50/60 Hz Input power Yes Yes

Tiered consoles

You can connect up to eight additional Analog 1x8 KVM Switches to a single Analog 1x8 KVM Switch to enable access to additional servers. Such a configuration is called a two-tiered setup, where the eight second-tier switches are connected to the base switch using a combination of a USB Conversion Cable and a VGA to DVI Conversion Cable. Up to a total of 64 target servers can be managed from one central location.

Two-tiered configuration
Figure 6. Two-tiered configuration

Physical specifications

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch has the following specifications:

  • Height: 44 mm (1.73 inches): 1 rack unit (1R)
  • Width: 440 mm (17.3 inches)
  • Depth: 150 mm (5.9 inches)
  • Weight: 1.96 Kg (4.3 lb)

Operating environment

The switch is supported in this environment:

  • Temperature:
    • Operating: 0° to 50°C (32° to 132°F)
    • Non-operating: -20° to 60°C (-4° to 140°F)
  • Relative humidity:
    • 0% to 80%

Warranty

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch has a three-year limited warranty.

Server support

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch is supported with any server with either a VGA or DVI video port. Use on a server with a DVI port requires the VGA to DVI Conversion Cable.

Rack support

The ThinkSystem Analog 1x8 KVM Switch occupies 1U of rack space in a rack cabinet. The KVM switch includes a mounting backet to mount the unit in the rack.

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