KVM Dongle

Brian B
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I have a Dell DMPU2016 KVM and I'm not able to find what dongles I would use to connect to the servers. Just need the RJ45 to USB/VGA dongle part #.

I was told this is just a rebranded Avocent KVM but I don't know which one. But are these dongles product specific or can I use 3rd party?

Thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Most are rebranded but you do need the correct part numbers
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You tried eBay?
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I would need to know what part to look for.

I have a call in to my Dell rep, but of course it's the weekend now so won't get any answer from them until Monday.
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That is a fairly large KVM switch for large datacenters. Do I have the right model?

https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_ser_stor_net/esuprt_poweredge/dell-kvm-2162ds_user%27s%20guide2_en-us.pdf

There is a picture of the cable on page 30.  Does that help you?
The device appears to be made by Avocent

These should work
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=16U-008G-00010

The link is for a USB/VGA connection, however other "video" configurations (DVi/Display-Port/Serial, etc) are available

Hope this helps

Ken
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Hi everyone.

John thanks but I know what the cable looks like I need the part number.

So Ken, that helps. I'm just wondering if there is some sort of standards for third party cables.
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I need the part number.

It looks like vendors use the part number given above, and I do not see any local sources for it. By the time they would ship, you could contact Dell. That is Monday earliest now.

https://www.staples.ca/en/avocent-mpuiq-vmchs-mergepoint-unity-switch/product_1639214_1-CA_1_20001?CID=PS:GS:CA::pla-562526975713::58910733093::1558676762&CampaignID=1558676762&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIy_rAt7_F3wIVkIppCh3ITwpaEAQYASABEgK_MPD_BwE
I'm just wondering if there is some sort of standards for third party cables

I'm sure there are, but you likely would have to contact Avocent regarding them. I wouldn't be surprised if a licensing fee would be required as well.

If you're hoping to find a "off" brand in hoping to save money, I'm not sure you'll have much luck.

You could try black market cables (Ebay) I suppose, but you're taking a risk that they won't damage your 3000.00 KVM

JMO however

Ken
BTW Emerson isn't a third-party

Emerson bought Avocent in 2009 so the cables I linked to are from the MFG
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Cables have firmware code linked to the KVM

So different vendor cables do not work

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