Posts Tagged ‘port modes’

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 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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