Console Server Recommendation

Nick Hilliard nick at
Tue Jan 31 10:01:32 UTC 2012

On 31/01/2012 09:11, Saku Ytti wrote:
> For me, required features are

This is part of the problem here.  You want a terminal server which was
designed for console access.  Most of the terminal servers on the market
are by-products of the modem dialin era and their development function was
aimed at a different market.  Consequently, they are better at stuff like
modem dialin and stuff like that rather than console management.

The problem is that there isn't a large market for console servers designed
specifically for management console access, and there are a pile of
incumbents in the existing market place.

I like feature list you posted, btw.  If there were any console servers out
there with these features, I would buy a bunch of them.

> RS232 console on control-plane is ridiculously useless, you cannot copy
> images over it (even if supported, images are several hundreds megabytes).
> It is completely dependant on control-plane working which is very poor
> requirement for OOB.

Yeah, indeed.  And most of us have been stuck in the "omfg, the router is
crashing and I'm in a hotel 2000km away, with crap OOB access, FML"
situation more than once.


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