Rackmount kvm switches can support up to 16 computers

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Rackmount KVM switches can support up to 16 computers and are typically used in data centers to manage servers from a central console. Desktop KVM switches typically support two or three computers, which must be within about 5 meters. Networked or remote KVM switches use special hardware devices that send keyboard, mouse, and video content through a network connection. Set-top box A set-top box (STB) is special interface appliance that connects to a display device (typically a TV) and converts an external signal source into audio/video content that can be displayed on the device's screen. Some set-top boxes provide additional functionality, such as the ability to record TV broadcasts. Set-top boxes can use digital connectors (HDMI, DisplayPort), analog connectors (coaxial, RCA), or both to connect to a display device. Common examples of set-top boxes include the following: Cable converter box Satellite TV box DVD/Blu-ray player Digital video recorder (DVR) Video game consoles Almost all cable and satellite TV providers require the use of proprietary set-top boxes in order to receive broadcasts. These set-top boxes are typically provided to subscribers for a monthly charge. Smart TV A smart TV (sometimes called a connected TV) is a TV that is capable of Internet connectivity. Smart TV are essentially a TV with an integrated computer system. Most smart TVs have both an RJ45 port and a built-in Wi-Fi adapter that can be used to connect to a network. Smart TVs have their own operating systems (usually a proprietary mobile OS) and are able to install and run a variety of apps, such as: o A web browser o Multimedia apps (e.g., Netflix, Youtube, etc.) o Game apps o Social apps (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.) Modern smart TVs are capable of connecting to network media servers and NAS devices. Smart TVs have USB ports that can be used to connect input devices (e.g., a keyboard and mouse) or even a thumb drive to play videos, listen to music, or view photos. Some smart TVs aren't actually TVs, but are a type of peripheral device that makes a traditional TV "smart." For example, the Apple TV system is a device that connects to a TV and provides smart TV functionality to any HDTV. When connecting peripheral devices, consider the following recommendations: Make sure the computer supports the connection type used by the device. o Most peripheral devices use USB connectors. o Older peripheral devices can use PS/2, serial, or parallel connectors. For these devices, you can use an adapter (e.g., a PS/2 to USB adapter). o An expansion card can be added to provide the necessary connections.
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Identify the system requirements of the peripheral device. Some peripheral devices specify a minimum CPU speed, memory size, or OS version.
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