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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

WWE Enhances Production Efficiency with High-Performance KVM

Mar 1, 2017, 14:41 PM
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.
Title : WWE Enhances Production Efficiency with High-Performance KVM
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World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) is one of the largest sports entertainment organizations on the planet, broadcasting more than 500 events a year to about 36 million viewers around the world. They produce a monthly average of 400 program hours from their Stamford, Conn., campus, including 35 of domestic programming, 13 of home video, 264 of localizing shows for a wide range of international markets, 99 of network material, and 29 of OTT product. The Stamford facility delivers significant content with the help of its 76,000-square-foot space. The production is spread over two buildings, five modular buildings/trailers, and three leased areas on adjacent properties. There are also nine data centers spread across three of the buildings, with more than a mile of dark fiber connecting the sites.


In 2016, WWE considered a new KVM system that could accommodate their production load. The facility was limited to 64 ports with unreliable line ties that often caused system breakdowns.The analog VGA system also did not travel long distances well, and suffered from low video quality and limited overall resolution. The production team’s graphics system was also on a separate matrix, making it difficult to get from one system to another. The WWE required a setup that would enable control-room producers to seamlessly use multiple screens at high resolutions. The company also wanted a clean, easy user-management system and the flexibility to add both engineering and operator systems. Black Box expressed interest in the upgrade and was chosen among three possible vendors due to their pre-sales plan and strong support record. “From the start, Black Box helped us put together a good list for what would be needed for each station,” said WWE Director of Broadcast Engineering Jasper Veldhuis. “They put together a configuration template with the different extenders and connections that we would need for each device and were even able to help us with some of the design.” Following the initial agreement, the WWE also asked Black Box to support their need for an additional control room.

The Solution

Black Box was able to surpass the customer’s expectations thanks to their broad product lines. “With Black Box, you can basically get anything you need,” Veldhuis said. “They possessed flexibility that assured us we could get what we needed now as well as be positioned to get other equipment if we need it later. Then there was the wiring. We wired most of the matrix with their cables and connectors, and it was nice to order it from one vendor.” Black Box’s eight-in-one solution, which connects eight screens and requires just one box to plug into the matrix, was also a deciding factor. Explained Veldhuis, “We knew it would allow producers to do things so much faster rather than jump from computer to computer.” This was certainly a large project for Black Box. It encompassed 130 non-linear editing systems, 27 graphic production workstations, three linear editing and control room suites, five audio production rooms with four voice-over booths, a music composer’s room, one virtual studio, and a hard set. In a three-month buildout, Black Box revamped the WWE’s system by installing a 288-port switch populated with 246 TXs and RXs. They also installed a 48-port switch populated with 36 TXs and RXs, which was used for their extra control room. The overall system was designed to allow the WWE to upgrade to a 576-port switch if needed. Black Box Cat 6 cabling and connectors were also used, delivering a product continuity that appealed to the customer.

The Results

Since implementation was completed in October 2016, Veldhuis has been very pleased with how the new system has enhanced efficiency for the WWE’s production team. “The system has made the most improvement in our workflow within our production control rooms,” he said. “It has enabled extreme flexibility for production to work where they want. If someone from production wants graphics in the back row or the front row, both are possible. If they want graphics in another room, that’s also possible. He added, “The quality of the video, and zero latency for video and control, is equal to connecting directly to the computer. This allows access to all systems in a transparent way for users. Having access to hundreds of computers from one user station with multiple displays is life changing.” A “central ingest” is another huge advantage the new system offers. Black Box purpose-built a GFX KVM to provide this key component. “Users can access both AVID and EVS with one mouse and keyboard,” Veldhuis said. “They can seamlessly work on both systems to ingest files and live feeds. This development makes sharing resources far easier, which provides a cost savings as less equipment must be purchased to accomplish the WWE’s production needs.” Veldhuis wouldn’t hesitate to use Black Box again or recommend them to other companies. “They helped us throughout the process and went out of their way to make sure any difficulties we faced were overcome,” he said.

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  • Control Rooms
  • DKM
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa
  • KVM
  • KVM Matrix Switching
  • Media Production
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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.
DKM Extenders
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

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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