Dual Ethernet Console Server – Other Options for Remote Access to Vital Network Elements

A Dual Ethernet Console Server can provide network administrators with a variety of different options for accessing console port command functions on remote or inaccessible network elements. This is especially true if the Dual Ethernet Console Server includes separate routing tables for each Ethernet port. In addition to serving as a vital element in network redundancy applications, a Dual Ethernet Console Server can also simplify remote console access in applications that feature an isolated maintenance network and can also provide additional communication options for server room crash carts.

In network redundancy applications, a Dual Ethernet Console Server enables support personnel to access console port command functions via both a primary network and secondary network. When service via the primary network is interrupted by a malfunctioning network element, tech support personnel can use a secondary network to connect to the Dual Ethernet Console Server in order to remedy the problem that caused the primary network to crash.

When a Dual Ethernet Console Server is deployed in an application that includes an isolated maintenance network, both the maintenance network and production network can be connected to the Console Server. This allows both production network users and maintenance network users to communicate with the Dual Ethernet Console Server in order to access console port command functions on connected network elements.

In server rooms, lights out data centers and applications that are enclosed in locked cabinets, a Dual Ethernet Console Server can provide crash carts with a means to quickly communicate with inaccessible devices via wireless. In this case, a wireless router can be connected to the secondary Ethernet port, leaving the primary Ethernet port available for connection to the LAN. When support personnel need to communicate with a device in a server room or locked equipment cabinet, a crash cart with Wi-Fi access can be used to connect to the Dual Ethernet Console Server in order to gain access to console ports on inaccessible devices, without the need to unlock cabinets or dig deep into over-crowded network racks.

In addition to the applications discussed here, there are also dozens of other common applications for a Dual Ethernet Console Server in large, corporate data centers. A Dual Ethernet Console Server with separate routing tables for each Ethernet port provides an extremely versatile tool for network administrators who need quick, secure, reliable communication with devices in remote and/or inaccessible locations and helps to cut the time required to deal with network emergencies, restore network communication and minimize network downtime.

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