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TRENDnet TK-803R 8-Port USB+PS/2 Rack Mount KVM Switch

Item #: 9B-17-403-060  |  Mfr. Part #: TK-803R  |  UNSPSC: 43211601
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It works!
— Stephen B. 3/3/2010

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5 out of 5 eggs
A few issues with mouse/keyboard in BIOS/DOS environments. SeaTools in UBCD will not recognize mouse, but keyboard works. Of course, DOS doesn't officially support USB, so I can't blame TrendNET. Every so often (maybe once a week at a full-time computer refurbishing job) I'll have a port "go bad" where any computer you plug into it will never recognize and initialize the USB device. A quick power-cycle fixes things. By far the cheapest 8-port USB KVM available anywhere, even including cable costs.
— Jake M. 3/28/2012


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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 0 day


The 8-Port USB KVM Switch lets you manage multiple computers with just one set of equipment, like a keyboard, monitor and mouse. This rack mount device supports USB and PS/2 interface on the console side and USB only on the PC side. Popular hardware platforms such as PC, Linux and Mac are supported. Users can switch between PCs using hot-key or push button for flexible management. Users can also hot-plug PCs on the fly to avoid downtime. The 8-Port USB KVM Switch is the perfect choice for managing multiple PC's.

  • newegg Unified Control Share one keyboard, mouse and monitor between eight computers using the TRENDnet TK-803R. The built-in VGA connector supports monitors with resolutions of up to 2048 x 1536.
  • newegg Easy Switch between PCs Easily switch from a computer to another by using the keyboard hotkeys or hardware push button.
  • newegg AutoScan With the Autoscan function, the TRENDnet TK-803R KVM switch automatically switches among eight computers for operation-free computer monitoring.

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Model

Brand
TRENDnet
Model
TK-803R

Spec

Type
D-Sub, USB, PS/2
PC Connectors
8 x VGA HDB 15-pin (female)
Console Connectors
1 x USB (Type A) / PS/2 (6-pin Mini Din) Mouse
1 x USB (Type A) / PS/2 (6-pin Mini Din) Keyboard
1 x VGA HDB 15-pin (female)
Computer Connections
8 Ports
Monitor Connections
1 Port
Video Resolution
2048 x 1536
PC Selection
Push Buttons/Hot Keys
AutoScan Interval
10-100 seconds (Programmable through Hot-Key)
Temperature
0 °C~40 °C (32 °F~104 °F)
Humidity
0%~80% (non-condensing)
Dimensions
16.0" x 6.5" x 1.8"
Weight
4.0 lbs.

Features

Power Features
9V DC 1A External Power Adapter
USB Features
with USB support
Features
8-Port USB KVM Switch
Supports both USB and PS/2 Interface for console port
Supports Microsoft IntelliMouse, IntelliMouse Explorer, Logitech NetMouse, Optical Mouse, and more
Supports Windows 98SE/ME/ 2000/XP/2003 Server, Linux, Mac OS and more
High video quality; up to 2048 x 1536 VGA resolution
Firmware upgradeable via PC port
Auto-Scan for monitored PCs with adjustable scan interval from 10-99 seconds
Keyboard status restored when switching between PCs
LEDs display for easy status monitoring
Beeping sound for port switching confirmation (enable/disable)
Hot-Key or push button switching
Plug & Play and Hot-Pluggable
Standard 19" (1U) rack mount design

Packaging

Package Contents
KVM Switch
Power Adapter
User Manual

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited

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3 out of 5 eggs Based on 28 Reviews

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  • Jason C.
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs DOA

Pros: Cheap

Cons: USB Device not Recognized on ever computer it was tried on, W2K8R2 Server, W2K3 server , Windows 7 64-bit. Windows XP.

Manufacturer Responses:

Hi Valued Customer, I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused you. Please contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com so we can resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you for your feedback as it is very valuable to us and helps us gain more knowledge on how to improve. Please also include a link to this review in your email. Warm Regards, Adrian TRENDnet Support Team www.trendnet.com/support

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  • Brian H.
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs Can cause frustration in Win7

Pros: Inexpensive for 8 ports, but not as cheap as it looks once you add 8 cables..

Quick & easy to set up.

I especially like that there are 15-foot cables available. No need to separately buy extender cables to connect to computers that are farther away.

I'm not in a rack-mount environment, but it fits nicely under my monitor.

Cons: This does not transmit constant monitor EDID. That's the signal that tells your computer what monitor type you have. Windows 7 (and I assume 8, I haven't gone there yet) contantly polls your monitor to see if you've disconnected it. Why? Who knows. Lots of people turn their monitors off or have KVM's and it should have no effect. Microsoft calls it a "feature". But it's not something you can turn off. If it's a "feature" it;'a a poorly thought-out one. With some display adapters and drivers in Win7 (maybe most, I have one that doesn't), the screen will re-size to the smallest available when the moniotor is not attached for some period of time. And with this KVM, the computer thinks the monitor is detached when you select another port. When you come back, any windows you left open are crammed in the upper left 1/4 of the screen (more or less, depending on monitor resolution). It's even worse in a dual-monitor configuration. I read of a work-around where you disconnect pin 12 of the monitor (where EDID comes in) and configure it as a non plug-n-play monitor. Haven't tried it. It's not a unique problem with Trendnet -- the internet is full of folks complaining since Win7 came out. But ones that don't do this cost more than twice as much, so I put up with it.

I have also seen the "dead mouse and keyboard" issue. It typically happens if I power cycle a computer while the KVM has that computer selected. If I switch away before it powers down and back while it's powering up (but early enough in the boot that it detects the monitor correctly), everything seems to be OK. When the problem does happen, you can unplug and re-plug the USB all you want, it'll do no good. It gets detected as an "unknown USB device". Only disconnecting and re-connecting power will fix it. Since having multiple machines connected seems to keep it powered up on it's own (at least for a long while), I have to disconnect everything to get power to cycle.

Bottom Line: When one port went dead on my 4-port Trendnet, I upgraded to 8 with this one.

Don't know which 4-port Trendnet KVM the other reviewer had, but my old cables work fine at least with the video and USB. Mine was a KT-423, which also has PS/2 capability at computer end. Haven't tried that since it's not a listed feature and I no longer need it.

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  • Mark L.
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs All ports died after 9 months of use...

Pros: Very cheap considering how many ports there are. Slim and durable case construction.

Cons: All 5 of the 8 ports died in succession and within 5 minutes of each other after 6 months of use. It seems to me something internal shorted out. About 3 months later, three more died. So this leaves with an entirely useless KVM.

Manufacturer Responses:

Hi Anonymous, We apologize for this router not exceeding your needs. Thank you for taking the time to review our product. Please email me directly at adrian@trendnet.com with "Newegg TK-803R Review" in the subject line and I will be able to contact you immediately. I hope to hear from you soon to regain your trust in TRENDnet. Warm Regards, Adrian TRENDnet Sales Support Team

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  • Robert R.
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs KVM Failed

Pros: Worked for light use only.

Cons: The units PS2 mouse failed.

Manufacturer Responses:

Hi Agent Smith, I apologize for the overall frustration this has caused. I'm curious if the units PS2 fails lately or not. I would like to learn more about your setup to assist you. Also, if you haven’t updated to the latest firmware, Here is the link for your reference: http://www.trendnet.com/support/supportdetail.asp?prod=215_TK-803R. If that does not work then you can email me directly at adrian@trendnet.com with "Newegg TK-803R Review" in the subject line and I will be able to assist you immediately. Warm Regards, Adrian TRENDnet Support Team

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  • Ern J.
    • FROM:
    • Clinicare Corp.
    • - Small/Medium Business
    • - 20 - 199 employees

1 out of 5 eggs Aarrrgh!

Pros: Cheap (this might be a con)

Cons: Warning: does not come with cables to hook up a computer. Not Even One. This leads to....

Warning #2: Since I work in a corporate environment, I thought "well it is a good thing that I have a bunch of KVM cables for other devices lying around". Wrong. I can't make this work with any cable. Sure the monitor function works, but I can't get this to work with a mouse or keyboard on anything we have. Xp, Win 7, Server 2003, 2008 R2, 2012. Nothing responds to keyboard or mouse control. This is brand new out of the box.

Not pleased at all.

Manufacturer Responses:

Hi Anonymous, We are sorry for any misleading information that would've led you to believe that this unit shipped with cables. Our KVM cables have been optional and can be purchased using this link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008034&IsNodeId=1&Description=trendnet%20kvm%20cables&name=KVM%20Cables&Order=BESTMATCH . Please feel free to contact me directly at Adrian@trendnet.com with “Newegg TK-803R” in the subject line and I will contact you ASAP to assist you with any troubleshooting steps necessary. Warmest regards, Adrian

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  • Edward W.

1 out of 5 eggs Great if you don't need the keyboard

Pros: Monitor always works, mouse almost always works

Cons: Keyboard is totally unreliable

Bottom Line: I bought this because I had a four port mamma san KVM (that I bought for $30, including cables, at a computer show) and needed to work with more computers. The 4 port no name KVM would hose up every six months or so; turn it off and turn it on and every thing worked again. I am introducing a number of new computers to the office desktops. They are all from the same manufacturer (Dell) and are the same model and have the same amounts of memory. On the plus side the monitor has always worked, always. There have been few mouse failures, very few. But the keyboard is purely hit or miss. It will stop working in the middle of a session. It not work sometimes when you return from a session with another computer. The only reliable way to restore it is, get this, power off the KVM AND disconnect all the computers. Sometimes but not all the time if you reboot he lost computer it will come back. I even had a computer get so hosed that it was never again able to use any keyboard, i.e. even with a keyboard directly attached. I've never had that happen before, had to use handicap access on screen keyboard to reinstall the operating system. This was sufficiently weird I'll give Trendnet a pass on that even though it happened shortly after the computer was attached to the KVM.
So, if you only need to use a mouse, this might be the KVM for you. If you are fine with FREQUENTLY having to directly attach a keyboard to computers when one or more ports fail; or better yet directly attach an additional keyboard for every computer attached to the KVM, the this is the KVM for you. Personally, I think it is best suited to be a boat anchor.
By the way I am writing this with a directly attached keyboard because the Trendnet attached keyboard doesn't work (both are Dell keyboards).

Manufacturer Responses:

Hi Eddy, So sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please ensure to use TRENDnet’s cables with your KVM and see if they help on either PS/2 or USB or not. If it still doesn’t help please contact me directly at Adrian@trendnet.com with “Newegg TK-803R R” in the subject line and I will respond immediately to assist. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon and to restoring your faith. Warmest regards, Adrian

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  • Douglas P.
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs Ports broken

Pros: Easy switching if computer will run on all USB cables

Cons: Purchased on 6/22/12. 2 ports are not functioning on 6/26/13 just 4 days after warranty has ended. Cables and computers work on the other 6 ports but not on the 2 that do not respond.

Manufacturer Responses:

Hi Chasw98, I can understand your frustration. Your feedback is very valuable to us and we pride ourselves in giving you the best customer service possible. This seems like malfunction in the hardware, Please contact me directly at adrian@trendnet.com with "Newegg TK-308R Review" in the subject line and I will assist you immediately. Warm Regards, Adrian TRENDnet Support Team

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  • Anonymous

3 out of 5 eggs cheap works , not very durable

Pros: The cheapest 8 port kvm switch that i could find.
Worked great out of the box in windows and linux.

Cons: ports 1 and 2 failed within a year and half of use... i barely use this device ... all my access is remote... luckily i have only six servers so it will do.

the electric network is protected , the ambiance temperature is controlled, i wonder what happened .

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  • Nick K.
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs Wireless mice

Pros: It functions out of the box and was easy to set up.

Cons: This KVM does not work with wireless mice which was not specified in the advertisement. It also has a problem with some wired mice.

Manufacturer Responses:

Valued Customer, We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you. It’s truly not designed to work with wireless mice, and please feel free to let us know what Operation System running in computers with which wired mice are not working together. Please contact us at sales@trendnet.com, reference "New Egg product review" and people will contact you immediately. We look forward to supporting you and restoring your faith in TRENDnet’s products. Warmest regards, TRENDnet Sales Team

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  • Jake M.
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs Great Value

Pros: A few issues with mouse/keyboard in BIOS/DOS environments.
SeaTools in UBCD will not recognize mouse, but keyboard works. Of course, DOS doesn't officially support USB, so I can't blame TrendNET.

Every so often (maybe once a week at a full-time computer refurbishing job) I'll have a port "go bad" where any computer you plug into it will never recognize and initialize the USB device. A quick power-cycle fixes things.

By far the cheapest 8-port USB KVM available anywhere, even including cable costs.

Cons: As mentioned above, slightly buggy, on occasion, but always easily remedied.

Bottom Line: Don't forget to order cables.

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