Posts Tagged ‘environmental monitoring’

A Serial Switch Simplifies Management of Remote Network Equipment Racks

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Most network administrators who are responsible for managing remote network equipment racks know the value of a good serial switch. A well-designed serial switch not only provides out of band management capabilities for communicating with remote network elements when the main network is down, but also enables network administrators to keep a closer watch on conditions and events at remote network equipment racks without the expense of stationing onsite personnel at the remote site, or the inconvenience of traveling to the remote site in person in order to deal with finicky equipment or to check on conditions at the remote rack.


A DC Powered Remote Console Server is the Perfect Solution for Remote Equipment Racks

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Due to the very nature of some network applications, many remote network equipment racks are located so far off of the beaten track, that they’re beyond the reach of AC power lines and sometimes even beyond the reach of internet cables. In spite of the isolated locations of these remote equipment racks, network administrators still need a means to communicate with the devices at the remote site in order to retrieve data, issue configuration commands and check device status. A DC powered remote console server ( provides an ideal tool for administrators who need out of band management capabilities for remote network elements in environments where only DC Power is available and communication with the outside world is limited to dial-up or satellite modem.


Using a Server Console Swith to Communicate with Network Devices at Remote Sites

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

When designing a remote network equipment site or off-site data center, it’s always important to ensure that IT support personnel in your central office have an avenue for out of band management of network elements at the remote equipment site. An out of band management solution ensures that even when your main network is down, tech support personnel will still be able to communicate with devices at the remote site without relying on expensive service calls and truck rolls. The most popular solution for providing out of band communication with devices at remote equipment sites, is to include a server console switch in the remote equipment rack.


Monitoring and Alarm Capabilities Increase the Power of an Out of Band Management Solution

Monday, April 18th, 2011

In most out of band management applications, a console server or similar device is used to provide access to command functions on remote network devices. Although this provides network administrators with a powerful tool for dealing with problems at remote sites after something has gone wrong, it sometimes doesn’t address the need to know about potential problems at remote sites before they get to a point where network communication is effected. In order to assist administrators in anticipating problems at remotes sites, it’s helpful if the console server unit at the heart of the out of band management solution includes appropriate alarm and notification features to keep administrators better informed regarding conditions at remote network equipment sites.


A Console Access Server Allows You to Manage Remote Network Sites without Expensive Service Calls

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A console access server provides network administrators with a single interface for management of remote network equipment sites. When a console access server is installed at a remote network site, administrators can use it to access console port command functions on remote devices, create outbound SSH/Telnet connections to other devices, collected error messages and other data from connected devices and monitor and record events and environmental conditions at the remote site. If the console access server also includes environmental alarms or event alarms, network administrators can also be automatically notified when critical conditions or events are detected at the remote network site.


The Serial Console Server – An Absolutely Vital Tool for Remote Network Equipment Management

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The task of managing remote network equipment can often be quite a challenge. When vital network devices are located at a remote, off-site installation, even relatively simple maintenance tasks such as accessing console port command functions or checking rack temperature and power conditions suddenly become much more difficult to achieve; especially when network communication with a remote site is interrupted. In cases like this, a serial console server can provide a valuable tool for managing remote network devices, allowing network administrators to access console ports on remote network elements and check environmental conditions and significant events at remote equipment racks, even when network communication is not available.


Serial Console Servers Simplify Management of Remote Network Equipment Sites

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

A serial console server provides network administrators with many valuable capabilities that can help simplify the process of managing remote network equipment and monitoring conditions at remote network installation sites. When paired with a secondary/maintenance network or modem, a serial console server also provides an out of band management solution that allows access to remote network elements when communication via your main network is not an option.


Alarm and Event Logs Make a Console Terminal Server a Powerful Tool for Out of Band Management

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

When something goes wrong at a remote network equipment site, the most immediate and important task is to correct the problem in order to restore network communication. But once you’ve fixed the problem, you’re still left with an equally important task: finding out exactly why the problem occurred in the first place so you can prevent it from happening again. A console terminal server that includes monitoring, alarm and event logging capabilities provides a valuable tool for diagnosing network problems and helping network administrators to ensure that those problems don’t occur again.