KVM or ‘PC over IP’ workflows have long been the norm in business, but now they’re finding their way into creative facilities because they give you the ability to position a keyboard, monitor, mouse and Wacom anywhere in Northern Europe and use your workstation with no lag or dropped frames.
Editors and artists can access workstations from anywhere – on set, an OB facility, an international office – using a standard IP connection and any keyboard, display and mouse that’s to hand, without losing any of the power of their usual workstation.
So who are Amulet Hotkey?
Amulet Hotkey are the leading provider of KVM over IP solutions. Their hardware runs on the popular, trusted Teradici chip set (the closest thing to an industry standard for KVM over IP), and can be added to systems using an internal card or an external, rack mounted solution.
Why are they so popular?
Low cost Amulet Hotkey’s solutions are typically between 50% and 60% of the cost of rival solutions.
End to end security We recommend Amulet Hotkey to film customers because all data is AES encrypted on the network and uses 4096-bit public key cryptography.
Work over any network Amulet Hotkey’s solutions are particularly popular in post because, unlike other solutions, they’ll work over any network and don’t require a dedicated 1Gb connection, and will scale down to work with a standard internet connection.
No single point of failure This reduces the risk of costly downtime or data loss.
Teradici support Teradici’s chip set is used in many KVM over IP solutions, so if you’ve built up your KVM setup piecemeal using kit from multiple manufacturers, it’ll all play nicely with an Amulet Hotkey solution.
What does a typical setup look like?
There are two Amulet Hotkey options: external rackmount solutions, or internal cards.
The rack mounted chassis, the DXiP, can house up to 12 Amulet Hotkey cards, each of which can connect one or more artists to their workstation via a zero client – a lightweight endpoint that connects the end user’s keyboard, mouse and display to the network. No software or drivers are required on the host workstation, and the card will support all major workstations and operating systems.
Alternatively, a number of half and full width internal PCIe cards are available. You’ll need to install one of these cards in your host workstation, and then connect directly to your target zero client. There are a number of zero client options available, some with support for dual screen monitoring, others with support for four or, if you’re really keen on screens, six.
Why should you choose us?
Jigsaw24 and root6 have installed more KVM over IP setups into the film industry than any other reseller, and have in-house expertise in configuration and support for these solutions, so can provide setup and ongoing support for your Amulet Hotkey solution, rather than just selling you hardware.
We also offer free trials to anyone who thinks KVM over IP is right for their organisation. To arrange yours, get in touch with our team on the details below.