The USB Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter plugs into any VGA + USB Server or Computer and allows the administrator to view and control the system from a separate laptop. Software running on the laptop will allow full access to the target system, which also supports full keyboard and mouse control. The adapter can be quickly plugged into a target system via the VGA and USB ports, and the laptop would then connect to the USB Laptop Console Crash Cart via a single USB connector. The software then emulates the video, keyboard, and mouse so that the administrator can gain full control of the target system.
Remedying a server problem in a room without a local user console used to mean wheeling in the "crash cart," a rolling cart loaded with a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and a bunch of connecting cables for on-the-spot computer access.
But with the Black Box USB Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter with integrated cabling, you have a compact and easier way to get immediate, BIOS-level access to your server.
Despite its name, there's no actual "cart" involved. In this case, the cart is the laptop that you carry to the server and, using the adapter, plug in to obtain quick server access.
Connect to the video port of any server in trouble to perform an emergency system recovery, carry out routine system maintenance, or do whatever server task you like - just as if you had a full KVM console with a VGA monitor connected to the server itself.
How it works
Emulating a USB keyboard and mouse, the USB Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter and its software enable you to interact with the target server as a window on your laptop.
For server connections, the adapter has built-in VGA video and USB keyboard/mouse connectors. On the laptop side, it features a high-speed (480-Mbps) USB Mini Type B connector with a detachable USB cable for server-to-laptop links. For older PS/2 style keyboards (the adapter doesn't support PS/2 mice), there's a passive PS/2 to USB adapter included.
The fully hot-pluggable adapter requires no external power (it gets it all from the connected system or laptop) making it truly portable and easy to use.
Versatile video scaling options
There's no need to load any drivers or software on the server - all the software goes on your laptop.
And it's no ordinary terminal emulation software. The adapter's software gives you real-time video scaling so you can always see the entire screen, even on small laptop displays. Enlarge the window to use all pixels of your laptop (with or without the laptop taskbar seen), or shrink to view another application next to it. Video adjustments also include sample phase sharpening and video noise filtering. What's more, upon rebooting the connected system, the software interface gives you command-line interface and BIOS-level visibility from start to finish.
You can even take screen snapshots (as PNG or JPEG files) for system analysis later.
- Performing maintenance in server rooms without a lot of space, where you can't fit a crash cart or install a KVM console tray in the rack or cabinet.
- Classrooms where the server or CPUs are stored in the back of the room and you need quick access to diagnose a problem while students are actively working at their computers.
- Troubleshooting ATMs, kiosks, and retail PoS/PoP systems in stores and other areas heavily trafficked by the public.
- Configuring digital signage in real-time at the screen, away from the controlling PC (just plug the adapter into the player).
- Any field application where you need to interact with target computers.