Aten CS1734b

I’ve been doing some research lately as I wanted to buy a KVM switch. While most brands seem rather barebones I did notice the KVMP line of ATEN. These devices do not only switch keyboard, video and mouse but also audio- and USB-peripherals.

Afterwards I lost some time figuring out where I could actually buy one. I ended up ordering via komplett and had an excellent experience with that shop. Delivery took place in exactly 1,5 days.

Initially I wanted to buy the Aten CS1784 because of these specifications:

  • DVI digital and analog monitor support – fully compliant with the DVI specifications; also HDCP compliant
  • Superior video quality – supports up to 2560 x 1600 (DVI Dual Link)*; 2048 x 1536; DDC2B (DVI-A)

I thought I would be set with this one because of it’s support for both DVI and VGA (by using an additional DVI-a to VGA adapter). Unfortunately the KVM cables are DVI-D only, meaning one would need to run a DVI-A cable in parallel for every VGA device. (Thanks to the people of ATEN Belgium for pointing this out.) I’m not investing in a KVM switch to actually increase the desktop clutter and thus chose to stick with the CS1734b model.

The first impression is a good one. Especially the solid build quality. Each audio plug is protected by a cap. Even better, where does one find metal housing in “The Plastic Age”?

Some pictures for you to take a look at:

boxpackage contentfrontbacktopbottom power manual and quick start guide PS2 to USB adapter firmware cable kvm cable switch side of kvm cable computer side of kvm cable once more the kvm cable

I’ll try to update this post when I have a bit more experience with it…

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4 comments on “Aten CS1734b
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  2. PATRIC says:

    content d’avoir lu votre article… J’ai acheté cet article il y a 10 jours, mais j’ai beau chercher, je n’arrive pas à trouver une traduction du mode d’emploi en français, et je pense qu’il est nécessaire ici… Si quelqu’un pourrait m’aider à en avoir la traduction, ce serait très aimable…. Bien à vous

  3. EdSena says:

    Hi! Does it have any ways to be hooked to a wall, like an ethernet switch/hub ? I have an oder model from them, cs-104u which can be setup like this, as you can see in this picture: http://www.ixbt.com/comm/kvm/tripp-lite-b006/bottom.jpg

    • No it doesn’t. I had it mounted under my desk with zip ties. As a matter of fact the unit is rather lightweight as opposed to the cables so you need to be care to ensure it doesn’t drop of your desk by accident. Best option there is to secure the cables somehow to relieve the weight from the connectors.

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