Simplified Network Management with a Remote Console Server

WTI Remote Console Servers can provide both in-band and out-of-band access to RS-232 console ports and maintenance ports on servers, routers, firewalls, switches and any other network elements located at remote network equipment installation sites. System administrators can connect to the Remote Console Server via TCP/IP network, using SSH or Telnet, or via modem or local terminal and then access command functions on network devices that are connected to one of the serial ports on the Remote Console Server.

Intelligent Port Selection

Each RS232 serial port on the remote console server can be individually accessed by port number or port name via SSH or Telnet. The remote console server allows direct connections using TCP port assignments. Each serial port can be separately configured using simple menu driven commands to set the port password, data rate, flow control and other operating parameters.

The remote console server offers full matrix capability allowing network administrators to easily connect any two serial ports, even when the ports are using different communications settings. Serial ports can also be connected or disconnected by a third party with Administrator level access rights, and system managers can swap various RS232 devices between ports at remote locations as needed.

Security and Collocation Features

Secure Shell (SSHv2) encryption and address-specific IP security masks help to prevent unauthorized access to command and configuration functions via the remote console server.

WTI remote console servers offer full Radius, LDAP, Kerberos and TACACS+ compatibility, DHCP and an invalid access lockout feature. The Audit Log feature records all user access, login and logout times and command actions, and an Alarm Log records user-defined alarm events.

Capture Buffer

“Buffer Mode” allows individual remote console server ports to capture and store incoming data, such as error and status messages received from attached console ports. Data received via the serial ports is stored in memory, and can be viewed, saved, or erased by system administrators as needed. Captured data and error messages can be stored in the remote console server port buffers, and then sent to a remote location. SNMP trap or SYSLOG message can be generated to alert administrators when new console messages are received.

For over 30 years, Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) has been an innovator in the field of remote management for IT facilities. Our comprehensive product line includes a wide range of Serial Console Server products, Switched PDU products and Remote Reboot Switch products to provide secure, remote management of servers, routers and other devices.

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