A console switch is a piece of hardware that allows several computers in an office to be connected via one central server. Business owners, managers, and IT professionals can then use the console to access all of these computers via remote control using a screen, mouse, and keyboard. Most console switches are designed to allow one user access, while others can allow several people access at the same time.
Purchasing a console switch to suit your businesses’ needs can be challenging, especially if you have no idea how computer equipment works or what you should look for in a console switch. Before you set out to purchase a new switch, you should consider exactly what specifications you need now, as well as those that will need to be considered in the future. Console switches offer anywhere from four to sixteen ports, depending on the size of your business. Some offer secure remote access to all computers connected, while others do not. You should understand the benefits of being able to connect to a console server remotely or only accessing it locally, as the difference in cost is something that will need to be factored into the budget. Understanding the cost and the features needed means you will be better equipped to judge which console switch will fill the needs of the network.