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Kaveman sixteen-channel
remote server management unit

The 16-Channel Kaveman is a network management tool that allows up to 6 independent users to monitor and control 16 servers at the same time. The 16-channel Kaveman has all of the features of the Kaveman 8 with a built-in 16 channel electronic KVM switch for local and remote control and monitoring.


Remote Users

  • Up 6 simultaneous and independent remote access sessions
  • 1 Local Keyboard, Video, Mouse, output access



  • One 10/100BaseT connection
  • Standard RJ-45 connector
  • LEDs for link, 10/100 indicator, and network activity
  • DDC2B compatible

VGA input

  • Max resolution 1280 x 1024 at 75Hz
  • Supports all VESA graphics modes, and text modes
  • DDC2B compatible

VGA local output

  • Copy of input video with OSD (On-Screen Display) for setup
  • Optional use, when no screen is present locally

PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse

  • Emulates standard PS/2 keyboard and 3-button PS/2 mouse
  • Connects directly to server
  • Keep-alive feature means server is not affected by power failure on the Kaveman (it keeps emulating the mouse/keyboard even if the main power to Kaveman is removed)

Local PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse

  • Allows local access to the controlled server
  • Can be disabled or password protected to limit access
  • Used for initial setup of network address, subnet mask, etc.
  • Optional once system is deployed
  • May be connected/removed without affecting the controlled server

Serial Ports 1 and 2 (RS-232)

  • Standard baud rates up to 115,200 bps
  • Can be used for multiple functions:
    • Telnet access (console server mode) - Handy if connected to serial port of Unix machines
    • Watchdog mode - With appropriate server software, the Kaveman will function as an external watchdog which will kill the power to reset failed software/hardware
    • Power control - When connected to Kaveman power control strip, the serial port may be used to control the power to multiple computers
    • Log monitor - Watches for regular expression string sent from the computer to indicate trouble

Serial Port 3 (RS-232)

  • Same features as Serial Port 1
  • Can be directly connected to a Kavmen power control strip
  • May be used as second serial port with optional adapter cable

Out-of-band dial-up access through external serial modem

  • Supports standard Hayes compatible modems


  • Hardware reset button


  • Built-in industrial strength power supply with detachable standard IEC320 connector power cord
  • 100-240 VAC @ 50/60Hz, auto-sensing


  • 1 rack unit wide (1V)
  • Kaveman 16 - 17"W x 3.5"H (2U) x 11.25"D (plus connectors)
  • Operating Environment - 10° to 40°
  • Storage Temperature - 20° to 60°


  • Contains hardware random number generator
  • Flash-memory based firmware may be field-upgraded over the web interface
  • Dedicated 32-bit micro-processor


Network Protocols

  • HTTP/1.1 and HTTPS (secure) web server used for control and setup
  • VNC server (implements RFB 3.3 protocol with Hextile encoding)
  • Requires one dedicated IP address
  • TCP/IP port numbers for all services may be changed to confuse attackers
  • SMTP is used to deliver email notifications
  • Does not require a DNS server (Domain Name Server) so that it will continue to operate in the face of this network failure

System Software

  • Specialized RTOS (Real Time OS)
  • Proprietary software, with published open-standard based interfaces System requirement

System Requirements

  • Web browser: In order for the Kaveman to function correctly and encrypt keyboard and mouse data, users must have a Java environment that runs SSL. We recommend using Internet Explorer 6+ with the java plug-in JRE 1.4.1. Some other combinations of Netscape or Internet Explorer and the above-mentioned Java plug-in might work, but other versions have not been tested, so we take no responsibility for the outcome. Internet Explorer 5+ works without the plug-in, but does not support encrypted mouse and keyboard events and will not support the new JAVA APPLET
  • Optional VNC viewer: supports version 3.3 of RFB protocol. The VNC implementation must use bgr233 pixel format
  • An SMTP server is required for email notification feature
  • Telnet client required for serial port terminal server access

Public Keys / Encryption

  • Supports X.509 certificates
  • True hardware RNG (random number generator) used to create session keys and seed values
  • 128-bit or 56-bit encryption for SSL v2
  • Supports RC4 and DES algorithms
  • Compatible with both import and export browsers

Special features

  • Up to 32 unique password/users
  • Stealth mode -prevents port scans and other network probes
  • Turtle mode -disables self when attacked; requires access to local console to re-enable
  • Idle timeout causes logout
  • Multiple users can connect to same system
  • Compatible with most existing KVMs