Outbound SSH/Telnet – Another Alternative for Connecting to Remote Network Devices

Sometimes, it’s just not practical to run a network line or a phone line to a remote network installation. In cases like this, a WTI Console Server (http://www.wti.com/c-4-console-server.aspx) with Outbound SSH/Telnet capabilities provides the perfect solution for communication with devices on remote networks.

For example, if you needed to access remote devices at a location where no phone line or network cable was available, you could still dial into a WTI Console Server via satellite modem, and then use the Outbound SSH or Outbound Telnet command to connect to any device on that remote network. This allows you to communicate with your remote network without physically traveling to the network installation site, or spending an exorbitant amount of money to run a network cable or phone line all the way out to the middle of nowhere.

In other cases, the Outbound SSH/Telnet function can also be used to establish an emergency connection to a remote device when your main network is down. This ability is particularly helpful in situations where there is no secondary, maintenance network that can be used to contact remote devices when the main network is not available.

Let’s assume that you have a remote installation that you normally contact via network, but your installation doesn’t include a secondary maintenance network. In this case, even if your firewall was down and you had no way to reboot the firewall or correct the problem remotely, you could still establish a dial-up connection with a WTI Console Server, and then use the Outbound SSH/Telnet function to access devices at the remote network installation in order to retrieve files, perform diagnostic checks or troubleshoot the firewall problem.

When managing remote network applications, it’s always beneficial to have as many different options to access that remote network as possible. A WTI Console Server with Outbound SSH and Outbound Telnet capabilities essentially provides an alternative means to access the remote network via dial-up. This allows you to cut costs by reducing long, expensive trips to remote network sites whenever you need to perform simple, routine maintenance and configuration tasks, and also provides a back-up means of access for applications that don’t include secondary maintenance network.

Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) designs and manufactures remote device management products for IT applications. WTI’s Serial Console Server products, Remote Reboot products, Switched PDU products and A/B Fallback products are engineered to allow you to securely manage and troubleshoot rack equipment in remote locations.

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