All connectors are rear mounted to ensure a neat installation and are colour coded according to the PC99 specification (keyboard=violet, mouse=green, video=blue) for easy identification. Keyboard and mouse ports use 6-pin mini-DIN female connectors. Video ports use standard 15-way high-density D-type connectors. Options port uses 15-way standard D-type connector with proprietary pin allocation. DC power connector provided for video-only and other special applications where interface powering is not possible.
- Front panel key for computer selection.
- Numerical display shows selected computer and keyboard/mouse activity.
- Optional remote controller connects to rear.
- Base-mounted reset and option switches.
Computers may be selected using the front panel key, keyboard hotkeys, a three button mouse or wheel mouse, RS232 data commands or the optional remote controller. The hotkeys are selectable and are designed to be quick-fire using a minimum number of key presses. The mouse may be used to select the next or previous computer by holding down the centre button while pressing the left or right button. Both keyboard hotkey and mouse switching may be independently disabled if required. When cycling through channels using the mouse or the hotkeys the user may configure the SmartView to select all ports or just the ports that have powered PCs attached. RS232 switching is useful for automated operation and the remote controller provides a convenient control method without locating the SmartView on the desk.
The keyboard, mouse and all the video heads are switched together so that the keyboard and mouse are controlling the computer whose video is currently displayed on the monitors.
SmartView MultiScreens may be linked together via their options ports to provide synchronized switching of 8, 12 or 16 video channels controlled from one master unit.
The SmartView provides a wide range of useful features including:
- User selectable password protection.
- Auto scan of all or active ports with selectable dwell times.
- Screen saver feature with selectable "kick in" time.
- User selectable keyboard hotkey combinations.
- Video may be disabled (channel zero selection).
- Ability to cycle between computers using hotkeys plus TAB.
PS/2 or AT style keyboards supported. PS/2 keyboards plug in directly. AT keyboards require a 6-pin mini-DIN to 5-pin DIN adapter. Automatic mode emulation and num / caps / scroll updates ensures that the keyboard is always in the expected state. Modes 1,2 and 3 are supported for full compatibility. Keyboard data is kept in its native format to ensure support for additional web control, hot media and other extra keys.
The controlling PS/2 style mouse plugs directly into the SmartView. SmartView supports 2 and 3 button mice and most wheel and scroll mice including the Microsoft IntelliMouse and IntelliMouse Explorer. PS/2 or RS232 mouse connections to computers may be made in any combination. RS232 mice require an additional cabling adapter (VSA1). Prompt and stream mode support ensures compatibility with desktop and laptop PCs. 3 button mice or wheel mice may optionally be used to switch the SmartView's channel. Continuous port emulation on non-selected ports ensures problem free computer boot up.
High bandwidth video supported at resolutions up to 1920 x 1440. Low distortion and excellent video transfer characteristic. Supports VGA / SVGA / XGA / XGA-2 / SXGA and UXGA video and VESA DDC1 and DDC2 signaling. Screen saver feature with user selectable "kick in" time.
Flash upgradeable to support new devices by connecting a computer's serial port to the options port and running a download program.
Software and Hardware compatibility
Software independent operation ensures very wide compatibility that includes Windows 3.X, WFWG, 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP, DOS, Unix, Linux, NetWare, OS/2 and BSD. Hardware compatible with desktop and laptop PCs, RS6000, SGI and DEC Alphas.
Optional Remote Controller
Plugs into the options port at the rear of the SmartView. Duplicates the SmartView's front panel key and numerical display. May be attached to the top of a keyboard or the side of a monitor by the Velcro strips supplied. 60 x 29 x 12 mm. White / cream finish.
For maximum convenience and reliability the SmartView draws its power from the attached computers like a keyboard. Optional power socket provided for video only applications. Interface ports individually fused with auto resettable fuses to protect your computers.
Metal case 260 x 105 x 155 mm. Steel and aluminum construction. SVMS4-Quad model weighs 1.5 kg.
Complies with European EMC directive 89/336/EEC. CE marked. FCC class A compliant.
SmartView to keyboard, mouse and monitors - 2m if interface powered or 10m if PSU used.
SmartView to computers - 5m if interface powered or 30m if PSU used. Adder 3-in-1 KVM cables recommended for keyboard, mouse and first video ports. High quality tri-coax video cables recommended for additional video ports.