Out-of-Band Access to Network Equipment at Remote Cell Towers via 3G or 4G Modem

The task of managing network devices located at remote cell towers can present a formidable challenge for network administrators. Due to the remote location of many cell towers, normal channels for out-of-band communication, such as a direct network connection or dial-up connection, are often out of the question. In cases like this, network management via wireless broadband using a 3G/4G modem can provide a workable solution for out-of-band communication.

3g 4g modem out of band management - cell tower management application

As a rule, remote cell towers generally include an impressive assortment of network equipment and other electronic devices. In addition to signal boosters and cellular antennae, cell towers equipment cabinets can include networked power gauges, sensors, security cameras and other networked devices that are used to assist in management of the remote cell tower.

Under normal conditions, cellular communication is used to provide remote management access to these devices. However, if the tower goes dark, eliminating the possibility of direct communication via cellular, a secondary, out-of-band means of communication is needed in order to correct the problems that caused the tower to go dark in the first place.

One simple solution for out -of-band communication with the remote tower would be to send a tech team out to deal with the problem in person. But in addition to being expensive, service calls to remote tower sites take time, and if the tower outage has disrupted communication, the problem needs to be fixed fast; ideally before users start to complain.

An out-of-band communication solution based on wireless broadband via 3G/4G modem can enable network administrators to deal with problems at remote cell towers without the need to wait for your service team to travel to the remote site. When a 3G/4G modem is connected to a WTI console server or switched PDU, remote network administrators can instantly access power reboot capabilities and console port command functions at the remote site in order to reboot or configure troublesome devices and get the tower back up and running in a fraction of the time that would be required for a service call.

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