One Console Access Server for Both RJ45 and DB9 Devices

When adding an out of band management solution to a collection of existing remote network equipment sites, it’s often surprising to see how many old DB9 based devices are still being used at those sites. Obviously, most of your newer network equipment will feature RJ45 serial ports, but there will always be a smattering of reliable, old legacy devices that are still an important part of your network infrastructure, yet still include DB9 serial ports. In cases like this, sometimes the most immediate solution is to start wiring up adapters to connect those old DB9 devices to your new RJ45 format console access server … but there’s also an easier way that doesn’t involve a confusing web of adapters and cables.

With a little bit of shopping around, it’s not too difficult to discover that there are console access server products out there that are available with either RJ45 or DB9 serial ports. This helps to eliminate the confusion of cables and adapters, and provides a more uniform approach to out of band management. Rather than purchasing one console access server solution for RJ45 devices, and a separate, completely different product for managing DB9 network devices, all you need to do is find a manufacturer who offers console access servers in both RJ45 and DB9 configurations.

When the console access server product supports both RJ45 and DB9 devices, this simplifies the process of out of band management by providing a consistent interface for communication with both RJ45 and DB9 devices. Rather than having to switch back and forth between one manufacturer’s DB9 based product, and another manufacturer’s RJ45 based product, and dealing with two completely different command interfaces and command sets, instead you can use the same interface and command set to deal with both RJ45 and DB9 devices.

In addition to eliminating headaches for network administrators and tech support personnel, the consistency of using the same product for both port interfaces also simplifies the process of writing code and scripts to automatically control out of band management processes. If the same console access server product is available with either RJ45 or DB9 serial ports, this means that the same command interface is used for both your RJ45 and DB9 devices, without the need to switch back and forth between command sets when managing an RJ45 or DB9 device.

If your out of band management application requires communication with both RJ45 and DB9 devices, there’s no need to start weaving a complex web of cables and adapters, or face the challenge of learning two different command sets for two different console access server products. A console access server that comes in both DB9 and RJ45 flavors provides consistency in command function and capabilities, and also makes it a heck of a lot easier to write scripts to manage both RJ45 and DB9 products.

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