Posts Tagged ‘passive mode’

Different Serial Port Modes for Different Remote Console Server Applications

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

In many out of band management applications, a remote console server is often called upon to serve a wide variety of different types of applications with different access requirements and port connection needs. One application might require the connection of an external modem to a console server port, another application might require the ability to buffer data received at a console server port and yet another application might simply require the ability to create connections between various console server serial ports. In cases like this, network administrators are sometimes faced with a difficult challenge: how can the remote console server satisfy the different needs of these diverse applications while still providing the basic out of band management functions that are generally expected from a remote console server?

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Different Serial Port Modes for Different Remote Console Server Port Applications

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

In many applications, a remote console server needs to be able to perform other tasks besides providing out of band management access to console ports on remote network devices. In a remote network equipment rack, it’s pretty common to see a remote console server that’s not only being used for out of band access, but also to collect status and error messages from attached devices or to provide access to an external modem in the equipment rack. In situations like this, it’s extremely helpful to have a remote console server that includes the ability to redefine serial ports for specialized tasks.

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Serial Port Modes Simplify the Task of Installing a Serial Console Server

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

In out of band management applications, it’s not surprising to see a serial console server connected to a wide variety of different devices that are accessible to a wide variety of different users and functions. Some ports on the serial console server might be used for modem communication, other ports might be used for data collection, others might need to allow access to serial console server command mode functions and others might need to deny access to command mode functions. For this reason, a well-designed serial console server will often include the ability to assign each serial port to a specific port mode in order to simplify the process of configuring ports for different functions and needs.

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Different Types of Console Server Ports for Different Types of Users

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

In the early 2000s, when Console Server products first started to gain popularity, most console servers were used only by Network Administrators, who needed out of band management capabilities for remote network equipment sites. But as the capabilities of console servers grew, the need arose to dedicate specific console server ports to specific types of functions. One way to control the functions of console sever ports, was to assign specific “modes” to each available serial port.

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