Using a Dual Ethernet Console Server to Provide Console Access for Maintenance Network Applications

In large network installations, tech support personnel often find it useful to have an isolated maintenance network, reserved for use as an exclusive avenue to upgrade firmware, perform routine diagnostic functions and deal with network emergencies that may have disrupted access via the primary, user network. When a Dual Ethernet Console Server is included in the maintenance network, this provides both tech support personnel and rank-and-file users with a means to access console port command functions on various network elements.

Implementation of a Dual Ethernet Console Server in a maintenance network is fairly simple, first the Dual Ethernet Console server is connected to both the maintenance network and user network via the console server’s two available Ethernet ports, and then the console server’s serial ports are connected to console ports or setup ports on important network elements.

When a network emergency arises, or when support personnel need to access a console port on a remote device in order to perform upgrades or troubleshooting functions, tech personnel can establish a secure, authenticated connection to the Dual Ethernet Console server and then gain access to console port command functions on the devices that are connected to the console server.

In addition to providing remote access to console port command functions in a maintenance network application, Dual Ethernet Console Servers can also provide enhanced communication options in network Redundancy applications and serve as a means to provide both wireless and cable network access for network support personnel.




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