Desktop over IP solutions are designed for desktop administrators who need to physically separate the computer from the user in the work environment. Physical separation of computer and user can provide solutions where security and/or environmental issues are major concerns. The Avocent HMX desktop over IP solution provides the ideal solution for these environments. The HMX extender system can be easily deployed over a Local Area Network, and supports comprehensive range of peripherals including DVI-I video, CD audio, USB mass storage, keyboard and mouse. The HMX Manager provides administration and connection management control from a central location, enabling the desktop administrator to effectively and efficiently manage the desktop computing resource without compromising the user experience.