Posts Tagged ‘terminal switch’

The Terminal Switch – A Great Solution for Out of Band Management and Monitoring Network Equipment

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

In most remote network management applications, the main purpose of a terminal switch is to provide an avenue for out of band management of important network elements located in off-site data centers and remote network equipment racks; when normal network access is not available or impractical, a terminal switch enables network administrators to communicate with remote network elements without the need to travel to the remote network equipment rack. But in addition to the vital out of band management capabilities provided by a terminal switch, a high quality terminal switch can also include monitoring and alarm features that help administrators to be better informed regarding environmental conditions and significant events at the remote network equipment site.

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A Terminal Switch with a Multilevel User Directory Provides Different Capabilities to Different Users

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Sometimes, the out of band management capabilities provided by a terminal switch (http://www.wti.com/c-56-terminal-switch.aspx) are almost too useful for their own good. Often, the ability to access console port functions on remote network elements proves to be so handy, that the network administrator is faced with the challenge of providing terminal switch access to a variety of different users, while also restricting those users from devices and functions that are not related to their jobs. In cases like this, a terminal switch unit with a multilevel user directory provides a simple means for administrators to grant users with out of band access to the devices that they need, while preventing those users from accessing devices that may belong to other departments or functions.

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Managing Multiple Terminal Switch Units via SNMP

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

When deploying a terminal switch product at a remote network equipment site, it usually pays to take an informed look at exactly what types of terminal switch features will prove useful for your specific application. Obviously, a terminal switch should provide out of band access capabilities for the other devices in the remote equipment rack, but there are also many other terminal switch features that can also come in very handy, depending on the nature of the type of network environment that you’re dealing with. If your network application involves communication with a number of different terminal switch units, spread across multiple remote equipment sites, then SNMP communication and MIB support can often be extremely helpful.

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A Terminal Switch Provides a Valuable Tool for Out of Band Management

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The out of band management capabilities provided by a terminal switch can be a real life saver for network administrators who are charged with the task of managing remote network equipment racks. Without a terminal switch, often the only way to deal with problems at remote equipment sites is a costly service call or truck roll to a remote equipment site that might take hours, or even days to reach. Obviously, the remote console port command access provided by a terminal switch can be a real life saver, but the remote monitoring and alarm notification capabilities provided by a full featured terminal switch can be equally helpful too.

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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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SSL Security Provides an Additional Layer of Security for Terminal Switch Applications

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Setting up a secure means to communicate with remote network elements can often be a complicated task; passwords and user accounts must be defined, authentication protocols must be configured, and domain name servers must be set up to recognize terminal switch units. But if the terminal switch unit supports “Self Signed” certificates, this can greatly simplify the process of creating a secure, HTTPS connection with remote network elements.

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Outbound SSH and Telnet Allows a Terminal Switch to Go Where a Network Cable Can’t Go

Monday, April 11th, 2011

A full featured terminal switch unit (http://www.wti.com/c-56-terminal-switch.aspx) can often do a lot more than simply provide access to remote network elements when your main network is down. For example, if a terminal switch unit includes outbound SSH/Telnet capability, this allows administrators to create a dial-up connection with a remote terminal switch unit, and establish an SSH or Telnet connection with other devices that reside on the network at a remote site.

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Why a Multi-Layered Approach to Security is Vital for Terminal Switch Applications

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Given the powerful remote access capabilities that a terminal switch (http://www.wti.com/c-56-terminal-switch.aspx) provides in an out of band management application, it’s absolutely vital to ensure that a terminal switch includes adequate security features to protect critical console port command functions from unauthorized access. Almost all terminal switch units include basic security features such as password protection, but in many terminal switch applications, simple password security isn’t enough; that’s why it’s important to select a terminal server product that supports additional, advanced security functions functions such as authentication and encryption such as HTTPS and the ability to create SSL security certificates.

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A Terminal Switch with Alarm Notification Provides More Effective Out of Band Management

Monday, March 14th, 2011

When choosing a terminal switch (http://www.wti.com/c-56-terminal-switch.aspx) for a remote, out of band management application, it’s important to make certain that the terminal switch can support environmental and event monitoring functions … but it’s even more important that the terminal switch also includes alarm notification functions that can let you know when critical conditions are detected at a remote network equipment site.

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