A Dual WAN Console Server Provides More Alternatives for Out-of-Band Management

When managing network elements in oil and gas applications, a Dual WAN Console Server can provide out-of-band communication options that usually aren’t possible with a traditional console server that only includes a single Ethernet port. In most cases, console servers with a single Ethernet port are designed primarily to allow communication via network and in some cases, dial-up. The presence of an additional Ethernet Port on Dual Wan Console Servers allows for connection to a secondary network and also simplifies the challenge of adding out-of-band access via 3G/4G/LTE cellular broadband or satellite broadband.

In the oil and gas industry and other applications that involve communication with remote networked elements at distant installations, an out-of-band management solution provides tech support personnel with a means to deal with problems at inaccessible locations without the need for a physical service call or truck roll. Although out-of-band management is a pretty simple proposition in cases where the network installation site is located near phone lines and network cables, it can be a bit more challenging when the target site is located far off the beaten path, away from communication infrastructure, as is often the case in oil and gas industry applications.

When remote network installations in oil and gas industry applications include a Dual WAN Console Server, this provides tech support personnel with more options for out-of-band communication with devices at the remote site, including communication via secondary network, 3G/4G/LTE cellular broadband and satellite broadband. This means that when the primary channel for communication with the remote site is down, tech support personnel have other options to communicate with the remote site in order to restore proper operation promptly, without the costs and delays associated with a service call.

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