PiKVM vs. TinyPilot Voyager

Looking for a user-friendly alternative to PiKVM that's available today? Look no further than the TinyPilot Voyager.

PiKVM is a fantastic project that has contributed a great deal to open source and helped TinyPilot get its start.

The TinyPilot Voyager and PiKVM v3 HAT are both KVM over IP devices, but they offer starkly different user experiences. This page explains some of TinyPilot's benefits over PiKVM.

TinyPilot is plug 'n play

PiKVM's v3 HAT is an add-on accessory for the Raspberry Pi. PIKVM customers are responsible for purchasing a Raspberry Pi, finding compatible cables, flashing their own microSD card, and assembling everything themselves.

PiKVM's v3 HAT requires the user to purchase additional hardware user and assemble it themselves.

There are no official PiKVM cases available for purchase, so the user is responsible for building their own solution to keep the device clean and cool.

TinyPilot Voyager ships fully assembled and ready to use. It features a beautiful carbon fiber case and an ultraquiet fan to keep the system cool.

The TinyPilot Voyager ships pre-assembled in a beautiful carbon fiber case.

You can plug the Voyager into a server and immediately control it from a web browser with no further setup or configuration.

TinyPilot offers a clear, intuitive user experience

From day one, TinyPilot's focus has been creating a KVM over IP device that treats user experience as a first-class concern. TinyPilot eliminates friction and potential pitfalls at every opportunity.

TinyPilot features a powerful web interface that allows you to control every major feature of your device directly from the browser.

PiKVM has a steeper learning curve than TinyPilot. Many of its features are not available through the web UI and require the user to search online for command-line instructions and manual changes to configuration files.

TinyPilot ships immediately

As of September 2021, PiKVM hardware has not available for purchase. PiKVM expects resellers to begin offering the v3 HAT in October 2021, but this date is not guaranteed.

TinyPilot guarantees shipment within three business days and fulfills most orders in less than 24 hours.

We ship globally from our office in the United States and recently partnered with a distributor in Germany for faster delivery in Europe.

Feature comparison

TinyPilot Voyager PiKVM v3 HAT
Complete KVM solution ✔️
Requires assembly and purchase of third-party hardware
Shipping speed 1-3 business days 2 months or more
HTML5 interface ✔️ ✔️
BIOS-level access ✔️ ✔️
Video capture ✔️ ✔️
Keyboard capture ✔️ ✔️
Mouse capture ✔️ ✔️
Full-screen mode ✔️ ✔️
Paste from clipboard ✔️ ✔️
Password-based authentication ✔️ ✔️
VNC support ✔️
Mount virtual drives ✔️ ✔️
Serial interface ✔️
Illustrated installation instructions ✔️
Available online
Cloud access ✔️
With third-party tools
✔️
With Tailscale
Support User forum, email Discord chat
Base OS Raspberry Pi OS (Debian) Custom ArchLinux build
Video streaming formats MJPEG MJPEG, H264
Video Latency 100-200ms 100-200ms
Video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080