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DKM – Modular KVM Matrix Switching and Extension


Instantaneous HD and 4K KVM matrix switching for mission-critical installations

The DKM FX system enables flexible, instantaneous, and reliable matrix switching and extension of high-quality video, audio and peripheral signals. Choose from chassis-based, modular KVM matrix switches in multiple sizes, compact CATx and fiber switches, and DKM extenders. The proprietary signal transmission architecture of DKM matrix switches make them particularly well suited for mission-critical installations as their multi-level redundancy offers the highest reliability for 24/7 operation.


Digital KVM Matrix Switching


DKM Features

  • Modular, Flexible KVM Matrix Switching
    Choose from modular or compact chassis and extenders and add I/O cards that match your application requirements.

  • Dynamic I/O Ports for CATx or Fiber Cabling
    Enables mixing and matching of copper and fiber cabling to meet distance and media requirements

  • HD and 4K at 60 Hz Video Support
    Supports routing, switching, and multi-point distribution of various video, audio and peripheral signal types

  • Instantaneous Video Switching
    Instant, delay-free switching between multiple connected source computers for efficient multiuser access.

DKM Benefits


Highly Reliable

DKM is designed to perform at the highest standards, engineered for enterprise-level mission-critical 24/7 operations such as in control rooms.


Designed to Perform

Zero keyboard/mouse latency and instant switching between sources enable multi user access in real-time for the most demanding applications such as video editing.

Comprehensive Connectivity

Variety of Interface Cards

Supports I/O card-based high-speed USB, audio, serial, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, 3G-SDI, VGA, and other digital and analog standards.


Modular and Scalable

The modular architecture provides an easy way to add connections and change inputs/outputs as enterprise needs arise. Modular chassis available up to 576 ports (cascadable).


Extended Management Options

The included control card supports user-friendly management via KVM, network or serial console. Combine with Boxilla® KVM Manager to connect to an IP-based Emerald® KVM system.

Mixed Transmission Media

Mixed Transmission Media

Switch to and between CATx and fiber connections. Mix media on inputs and outputs, CATx in and fiber out or vice versa.

Industry Applications


Broadcast and Post Production

KVM systems that streamline your operational workflow and provide reliable image quality



Complete solutions for transportation, including DAS/Wi-Fi, cloud and digital signage



Contact us for DKM products that are certified under IEC 60945:2002 for maritime applications.


Military & Defense

Mission-focused technology solutions that meet security and compliance standards



Industrial networking solutions that ensure maximum uptime at every stage of production


Public Safety

Reliable solutions that provide effective real-time information visualization and communication

Case Studies Featuring DKM

Automobile Museum Leverages Compact DKM System to Deliver an Unparalleled Interactive Experience for Visitors via a Touch Wall
An integrator upgraded an automobile museum's video wall with Black Box's DKM solution, extending 20 DisplayPort signals up to 4K over fiber, enabling an interactive visitor experience.

Utility Company Deploys DKM Receivers and ControlBridge Touch Panels in Control Room
A utility company improved its control room with DKM KVM and ControlBridge® touch panels. The solution enhanced workflow efficiency, reduced equipment, and garnered high customer satisfaction.

Airport Uses Secure Remote Access Solution with Zero Latency for its Control and Training Centers
Black Box provided a cost-effective solution for an airport's 4K 60 Hz video distribution needs using DKM extenders. This improved workflow, enhanced security, and ensured precise visualization for air-traffic control and pilot training. Plans for international expansion are underway.

Dutch Medical Center Implements DKM KVM Matrix Switch to Distribute Pixel-Perfect MRI Images
A Dutch Medical Center required electronic distribution of MRI images across its expansive campus to 22 stations for diagnosis and surgical preparation. The challenge was ensuring pixel-perfect image reproduction over long distances, free from electromagnetic interferences. Black Box introduced the DKM FX Compact Matrix Switch system using fiber-optic cables, guaranteeing high-quality, real-time digital video, and peripheral data distribution, impressing the center with its reliability and adaptability for future requirements.

Freedom of Speech: Discrete KVM Technology for LUXAV Lecterns
LUXAV's MediaPult 3.0 is an advanced lectern designed for speakers, featuring touch screens, gesture control, and intuitive presentation management. Partnering with Black Box, the system utilizes compact KVM technology for efficient signal transmission between the Director and lectern, ensuring flexibility and reliability. The lectern has garnered positive feedback at international events, emphasizing seamless presentations over visible technology.

Digital KVM Extension and Switching in a German Airport Operations Center
A large German airport operations center faced a challenging work environment because the airport turns to Black Box for centralized monitoring, security camera surveillance and general airport security.

European Police Station Boosts Control Center Efficiency with KVM Matrix Switching System
A prominent European Police Department, with 15 stations and over 14,000 staff, faced challenges in efficiently monitoring daily emergency traffic at its main control center. Partnering with Black Box, they developed a solution combining an NEC 55" LED Video wall, a Black Box DKM FX KVM Matrix, and a remote control touch panel, streamlining call prioritization and response times.

New Control Center for Berlin Underground with Thales and KVM Technology from Black Box
Thales Germany transformed BVG's underground rail control center, using KVM technology by Black Box. Computers were relocated for security and flexibility, enhancing efficiency and service quality in monitoring the extensive rail network. The implementation was seamless, ensuring uninterrupted traffic operations and providing a smooth user experience with improved digital systems.

Untapping the Future of Hollywood Post Production with Black Box KVM Solutions
New High-Performance KVM System for Chainsaw Removes Limitations And Unleashes Future Opportunities

WWE Enhances Production Efficiency with High-Performance KVM
When World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) needed more than a mile of dark fiber connects for their campus facilities, they turned to Black Box. Black Box was able to surpass the customer’s expectations thanks to their broad product lines.

Medical Center Sends Pixel-Perfect Images Over Long Distances with KVM Solution
Medical Center trusts in Black Box DKM FX Modular Extenders to provide pixel-perfect MRI reproduction throughout several locations inside healthcare network.

Dutch Medical Center Builds State-Of-The-Art Lab On Black Box Kvm Solution
Improving ergonomics and patient care in a medical setting. Leids University Medical Center (LUMC)

Metro Healthcare System Cuts Costs and Frees IT Staff
Metro healthcare system cuts costs, frees IT staff to focus on strategic projects.

German Public Television Station Upgrades KVM Matrix in Broadcasting Center
A Southern German TV station aimed to upgrade its broadcasting center's servers and KVM systems. Faced with the challenge of real-time control and seamless signal switching, they adopted the Black Box DKM FX platform. This solution effortlessly integrates 150-160 servers and 120-130 user consoles, ensuring uninterrupted workflows, efficient disaster recovery, and real-time collaboration across multiple users.

Mandalay Baseball Properties Updates Video Control Room for Dayton Dragons
The Dayton Dragons commitment to creating an unmatched fan experience led them to upgrade their video, audio, and control systems.

French Television-Station Directly Transmit Lossless HD for Video from a Mobile Van Live to Air
A French TV station needed digital signal switching and extension for their mobile broadcast trucks. Black Box provided the DKM FX platform, supporting various devices, resolutions, and signal types with up to 500 meters of KVM-attached device support. The system ensures uninterrupted, high-quality broadcasting while on the move.

DKM Application Diagrams

DKM Matrix Switching Application


Basic matrix switching setup, connecting multiple user stations and source computers through a DKM matrix switch and DKM extenders.

Connecting DKM with Boxilla and Emerald


Integrating DKM with Boxilla and Emerald to gain access to an IP-based KVM system and virtual machines.

DKM Product Portfolio

The perfect high-performance, modular enterprise routing system for complete in-band signal distribution of high-definition video, audio, and peripherals over CATx or single-mode fiber supporting up to 576 I/O ports in a single frame. Designed with performance and flexibility in mind, the DKM FX offers tremendous scalability.
Specifically designed for smaller to mid-sized KVM deployments. Get the same instantaneous, reliable access to real-time digital HD video, plus a whole host of peripherals in a 1U or 2U frame for smaller installations. DKM FXC can be used with all DKM FX extender modules creating a wide range of high performance features and connections.
Re-locate computers and access them at longer distances than standard interconnect cables allow. Compact extenders are small and offer a space-saving footprint in standard fixed configurations. Modular extenders enable you to build a system to fit your specific need or application. Modular enclosure frames are available in 2-, 4-, 6-, and 21-slot units. The extenders can be used in standalone, point-to-point applications, or as part of your DKM system.
Specifically designed for smaller to mid-sized KVM deployments up to 160 endpoints, these compact switches come in sizes of 1, 2, and 4 RU. They support modern applications with a mix of HD and 4K video, USB, audio, and serial extension and switching in a very economical way.

DKM Extender Configurator

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Associated Technologies


ControlBridge® KVM and Room Control System

Versatile touch-based multisystem room control processor. Allows control room operators to switch between sources or even whole room presets.


Freedom II KM Switches

This 4 or 8 port keyboard/mouse switch allows switching between connected PCs by just moving your mouse from one screen to another.


Boxilla KVM Manager

Boxilla is a centralized KVM manager. Combine DKM and Emerald systems to enable access to virtual machines.

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Digital KVM Matrix Switching