Posts Tagged ‘serial console server’

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.

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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.

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Using a Serial Console Server to Collect and Buffer Data Generated by Network Elements

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A serial console server (http://www.wti.com/c-48-serial-console-servers.aspx) can perform a lot of different tasks in addition to providing an out of band management solution. In some applications, a serial console server is used to collect data, status messages and error messages that some network devices send out via console port.

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An Out of Band Management Solution that Relies on a Serial Console Server

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

When planning a remote network equipment installation or off-site data center, one of the most important considerations is to make certain that network administrators in your central office have some means for out of band management of remote network elements. The reason for this is fairly obvious: service calls to remote network sites are both time consuming and expensive and an out of band management solution will allow administrators to communicate with remote network elements without leaving the office. When planning an out of band management solution, most network engineers will routinely include a Serial Console Server in order to provide remote command access to far-off network elements.

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A Serial Console Server for Mission Critical Applications

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

When network administrators need to access command functions on remote network elements, they usually rely on a serial console server (http://www.wti.com/c-48-serial-console-servers.aspx) and an out of band management solution. The reason for this is simple: the remote command access provided by the serial console server allows administrators to diagnose and troubleshoot problems with remote devices without physically traveling to the installation site. Obviously, this capability makes the serial console server an absolutely vital element for remote network installations, but surprisingly, many serial console server products aren’t configured for power supply redundancy.

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A Serial Console Server Model to Fit Any Out of Band Management Application

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

It’s hard to find two serial console server applications that are exactly the same; some applications rely on AC power, while others rely on DC power … some applications only require connection to one or two console ports, while others require connections for many console ports … some applications use DB9 cables, while others use RJ45 cables. With this in mind, WTI Serial Console Servers are available in a wide variety of different configurations, to fit the requirements of almost any type of out of band management solution.

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How a Serial Console Server Can Provide the Best Solution for Remote Network Management

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Sometimes, network equipment sites are located in extremely remote, far-away locations. Depending on the nature of the network application, equipment sites might be located on top of a mountain or deep in the middle of a forest. Remote network equipment always provides a challenge to network administrators who need secure, reliable access to command functions on network devices, no matter where those devices might be. In cases like this, most network managers rely on an out of band management solution that includes a serial console server.

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Serial Console Servers – Mission Critical Remote Access for Vital Network Applications

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

When most network administrators hear the term “serial console server”, they immediately thing of a data center, equipment cabinets and some guy sitting behind a desk monitoring network equipment. For the most part, this stereotype rings true, but there are also many other applications for serial console server products that even the most experienced network administrators would never dream of.

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Secure Console Port Access via Out of Band AND Dial-Up

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Sometimes, it’s nice to have as many alternatives as possible; especially when you’re talking about a console server. When your network is down, a console server with an out of band management solution often provides the only way to access command functions on remote network devices, without a long, expensive trip to a remote network facility. With that in mind, it’s good to know that WTI console server products provide two different means for accessing command functions on remote network devices: via out of band network, or via dial-up modem.

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Serial Console Server – Reliable Command Access for Mission Critical Network Devices

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Generally, when we think of a console server, we usually think of a data center application that involves IT support personnel who need access to command functions on remote network equipment. For the most part, that stereotype rings true, but there are also plenty of other, more unusual applications that rely on the secure, remote command access that a console server can provide.

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