Posts Tagged ‘buffer full alarm’

Using a Console Server Management Unit to Collect Error and Status Messages

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

In many applications, a console server management unit needs to be able to perform multiple functions at the same time. It’s pretty much a given that a console server management unit will need to provide out of band access to remote network devices, but in addition to that important function it might also need to be able to monitor rack temperature, check devices for ping response and capture error and status messages that connected devices send out via console port.


A Serial Console Switch with Alarm Notification via SNMP Trap

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

A serial console switch performs many different duties in a network application; it allows out of band access to network devices when your main network is down, it provides a backdoor to configuration and diagnosis functions without interfering with regular network communication, and it can also monitor network devices for potentially harmful environmental conditions and suspicious network events. Alarm and monitoring functions are an extremely useful capability, but only when the console switch includes a means to effectively notify network administrators when a problem is detected.


How are SNMP Traps Used in Console Management Applications?

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

In order to provide network monitoring capabilities, most console management products include the ability to generate alarms when specific conditions are detected. For example, your console management unit might send an alarm when high temperatures are detected, or when communication with an attached device is interrupted. These alarms can be very useful to network administrators, allowing them to address small problems before they turn into big problems … but how can your console management unit let you know when alarm has been generated if your equipment rack is located in Tennessee and your office is located in Oregon?