KVM switches are designed to save time and space for the user by requiring only one set of user interface devices instead of having one set each for every computer system. The TK-1601R has 16 sets of three connections for each computer: a 6-pin keyboard connection, a 6-pin mouse connection, and a 15-pin VGA connection. Each connection requires a supplemental cable to connect the KVM switch and the computer instead of the actual mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It is also important to note that these connections are not USB. Once connected, the switch is capable of displaying each of the computer's outputs, one at a time, at a maximum of 1920 x 1440 resolution.
A hotkey can be designated on the keyboard of switching between computers, or the switch can be done by manually selecting the desired computer on the front panel of the KVM switch. LEDs are used to display the status of each computer whether it be currently in use, online, or offline. Plug and Play is available for operating systems that support it. The switch only officially supports Microsoft Windows up to the XP versions, more recent releases may or may not work.