Dell KVM 2161AD Server Console Switch


Securely manage your data center

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Manage multiple servers from one console with the Dell™ KVM 2161AD™  server console switch and opt for a Remote Access Key for remote access via any TCP/IP network.

  • Enjoy easy, tool-free installation using the Dell™ ReadyRails™ mounting interface
  • Virtual Media support allows servers to access storage media attached to the KVM, enabling out-of-band file transfers and OS patch deployments
  • Remote access is secure and can be disabled by simply unplugging the optional Remote Access Key from one of the KVM's USB ports

KVM 2161AD Server Console Switch

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KVM 2161AD - Simplify your server management

Simplify your server management

Maximize your business resources with Dell™ KVM server console switches which:

  • Support Virtual Media
  • Enable multifactor authentication via support for Common Access Cards (CAC)
  • Provide encrypted remote access when enabled by the optional Remote Access Key

Choose from a number of options to connect to the Dell KVM 2161AD:

  • Local port’s video head directly on the switch
  • Analog Console Interface (ACI) connection in a tiered configuration
  • Avocent DSView® 3 management software compatible with the appropriate plug-in
  • Optional Remote Access Key plugged into one of the local USB ports


The optional Remote Access Key delivers:

  • Remote access session through the Onboard Web Interface (OBWI) or RCS software
  • 128-bit SSL, DES, 3DES and AES encryption
  • IPv4 (DHCP) or IPv6 (DHCPv6 and stateful auto-configuration) access
  • 10/100 Mbps network interface

Feature improvements

The Dell KVM 2161AD includes support for high-resolution widescreen video, as well as support for Common Access Card (CAC) capability for smart cards over USB and four USB 2.0 ports.

  • Performance you need: Improved 16:10 and 4:3 video display, field-upgradable firmware and seamless integration with Dell servers and accessories
  • Security you depend on: CAC support with encryption for smart cards
  • Improved productivity you want: At-the-rack access anytime, remote patches and upgrades can be made using Virtual Media and the optional Remote Access Key
KVM 2161AD - Flexible and scalable

Flexible and scalable

The Dell™ KVM 2161AD can grow with your business, helping to manage up to 256 servers from one unified console when tiered with additional Dell 16-port KVM console switches.


  • Add remote access: You can install software and perform upgrades for your data center remotely with the optional Remote Access Key.
  • Server Interface Pods (SIPs): The Dell KVM 2161AD is compatible with the following SIPs: PS/2, USB 1.1, USB 2.0 with Virtual Media support and USB 2.0 with Virtual Media/Common Access Card (CAC) support.
  • Easy installation: Be ready in seconds. With Dell ReadyRails™ mounting interface, you get tool-free installation for the 1U rack space. The KVM can be mounted in the front or rear of the rack and comes with a blanking panel to prevent recirculation of exhaust from other rack equipment. Can be mounted in 0U rack space as well.
  • Peace of mind: The Dell KVM 2161AD supports Dell and third-party servers, and includes the technical support and hardware warranty* service you need to stay up and running.

Maximum connectivity

The Dell KVM 2161AD has 16 analog rack interface (ARI) ports for connecting to SIPs attached to servers.


  • Four SIPs (PS/2, USB, USB2 Virtual Media, and USB2 Virtual Media + CAC) are available to address a variety of connectivity needs for servers.
  • One SIP can replace a bulky keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) cable by converting the signals and driving them up to 50 feet through a single CAT 5 cable without signal degradation. The SIP cable draws power from the server, and it’s designed to keep the server working properly even if the Dell KVM connection is broken.
KVM 2161AD - Easy to manage

Easy to manage

Manage your data center using the Dell RCS software or the onboard Web interface (OBWI) with the optional Remote Access Key.


  • RCS software is a cross-platform management application that enables you to view and control the Dell KVM and all attached servers. It provides secure switch-based authentication, data transfers and username/password storage.
  • The OBWI provides similar management functions as the RCS software. It’s launched directly from the switch through a Web browser, and any servers connected to the RCS are automatically detected.


The Dell KVM comes ready to use with Dell RCS software and is compatible with Avocent DSView® 3 management software.


  • Single power supply unit
    Type: Internal
    Power: 18W
    Heat dissipation: 47 BTU/hr
    AC input range: 100 - 240 VAC auto-sensing
    AC input cable: 18 AWG three-wire cable with a three-lead IEC-320 receptacle on the power supply end and a country or region dependent plug on the power resource end.
    AC frequency: 50/60 Hz auto-sensing
    AC input current rating: 0.6 A
    AC input power : 20W


  • OSCAR™ On-Screen Display for local access
    On-board Web Interface via browser for remote access with optional Remote Access Key
    Compatible with Avocent DSView® 3 management software

Environmental Operating Conditions

  • Temperature
    Operating: 32 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 50 degrees Celsius)
    Non-operating: -4 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 to 70 degrees Celsius)
    Air flow is from non-port side (Front) to port side (Back)

    Operating: 20% to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
    Non-operating: 5% to 95% relative humidity, 38.7 degrees C maximum wet bulb temperature

Switch Access

  • Dual independent local port video paths (one dedicated to ACI for tiering)
    Agentless control and access for 1 remote user with Remote Access Key
    10/100 Mbps Ethernet port
    IPv4 or IPv6 access with Remote Access Key
    Flash-upgradeable firmware

Device Access

  • 16 ports for connections to servers
    Up to 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting to keyboard, mouse, or other devices

Virtual Media Support

  • Configurable for local or remote (digital) connectivity with optional Remote Access Key

Common Access Card (CAC) capability

  • Smart card support provided by the SIP supporting USB 2.0, Virtual Media and CAC
    Encryption choices: 128-bit SSL, AES, DES, and 3DES when used with optional Remote Access Key


  • Multi-platform support for PS/2, USB, USB 2.0
    USB 2.0 SIP options for Virtual Media and CAC
    KVM is compatible with all Dell SIPs and Avocent DSRIQ/DSAVIQ modules

Video Support

  • Analog VGA, SVGA, and XGA
    16:10 widescreen, up to 1680 x 1050
    4:3 standard, up to 1600 x 1200

Rack Support

  • ReadyRails™ static rails for tool-less 1U mounting in 4-post racks with square or unthreaded round holes or tooled mounting in 4-post threaded and 2-post (Telco) racks

    Also comes with 0U mounting bracket for use in Dell racks


  • Form factor: 1U or 0U rack mount
    Dimensions (in): 1.72 x 17.00 x 9.20 (Height x Width x Depth)
    Dimensions (cm): 4.45 x 43.18 x 27.94 (Height x Width x Depth)
    Weight (without cables): 7.0 lb (3.2 kg)