Posts Tagged ‘serial port’

Direct Connect – A Useful Feature for Out of Band Management Applications

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In addition to providing out of band access to console port command functions on remote network elements, a full-featured out of band management (http://www.wti.com/c-45-out-of-band-management.aspx) unit should also include functions that allow the unit to easily adapt to the requirements of a wide range of different network based applications. For example, if the out of band management unit will be deployed in a remote network management application that requires automated access to console ports on various network elements, then direct connect capability can often prove to be very useful.

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Why Does a Terminal Switch need a Multi-Level User Directory?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Since many different departments often share access to the various elements found in a network equipment rack, it makes sense that those departments will also need to share access to a terminal switch unit installed in that same equipment rack. It doesn’t really matter if a terminal switch is used to provide out of band access to console port command functions on network devices, or if it’s used to collect data from connected network devices; users in different departments will often have reason to use the secure access capabilities or data storage functions that are provided by a terminal switch unit.

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Why is it Important for a Server Console Switch to Support Multiple Simultaneous Telnet Connections?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

In many server console switch applications, many different types of users may need to access the server console switch; often, several different users will need access at the same time. For example, at the same time that a network administrator needs to access the server console switch in order to change configuration parameters on an attached device, another user may also need to access the server console switch in order to retrieve buffered data that the switch has collected from a different connected device. In cases like this, it’s extremely important that the server console switch has the capability to support multiple simultaneous Telnet connections.

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Create Direct Connections to Console Server Serial Ports

Friday, February 4th, 2011

In most network applications, a console server (http://www.wti.com/c-4-console-server.aspx) is used to provide out of band management access to console port command functions on remote network devices. But that said, there are also many other things that a console server can be used for. For example, in some applications, a console server is used in conjunction with a command script to allow a program to control port switching and connection functions, or to collect buffered data from connected devices.

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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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Simplified Network Management with a Remote Console Server

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

WTI Remote Console Servers can provide both in-band and out-of-band access to RS-232 console ports and maintenance ports on servers, routers, firewalls, switches and any other network elements located at remote network equipment installation sites. System administrators can connect to the Remote Console Server via TCP/IP network, using SSH or Telnet, or via modem or local terminal and then access command functions on network devices that are connected to one of the serial ports on the Remote Console Server.

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Fail-Safe Power Redundancy for Out of Band Management

Monday, December 13th, 2010

A Console Server is a wonderful tool for out of band management. When remote network devices crash or lock-up, a Console Server provides an extremely convenient way too access serial port functions on remote devices in order to fix the problem. This works fine when the reason for the crash is a problem with a server or a router, but what if the crash was caused by a failure of the primary power supply?

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How a Console Server Management Unit Can Make Your Job Easier

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If you need secure, reliable access to RS232 console ports on remote servers, routers, firewalls and other network elements, WTI console server management products provide an ideal solution. System administrators can reduce downtime by managing and troubleshooting devices from anywhere, without the need for on-site personnel or expensive truck rolls. WTI console server management units are available in either 100-240 VAC or -48 VDC powered versions, with RJ45 or DB9 serial ports, and in 40-port, 32-port, 24-port, 16-port or 8-port configurations.

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