Console Servers

Merritt, Channing cmerritt at
Tue Sep 18 14:26:39 UTC 2018

Look into OpenGear, we've tested out a couple different products that we've implemented in remote offices to replace our 2800's.

From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at> On Behalf Of Mike Hammett
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:49 AM
To: Alan Hannan <alan at>
Cc: NANOG <nanog at>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Console Servers

I'm deploying new to me Cisco 2811s for console and OOB access.

Mike Hammett
Intelligent Computing Solutions<>
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From: "Alan Hannan" <alan at<mailto:alan at>>
To: "NANOG" <nanog at<mailto:nanog at>>
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 8:36:33 AM
Subject: Console Servers

I'd like your input on suggestions for an alternate serial port manager.

Long ago I used Cisco 2511/2611 and was fairly happy.  A little later I used portmaster and was less so.  Recently I've been using Opengear and they work fairly well but the price is fairly high.   I use the CM7100 and IM7100.

General specs I'm looking for are:

 * 8 to 48 or more rs232 serial ports on rj45

 * nice-to-have software selectable pinouts (cisco v. straight)

 * gig-e ethernet port (100mbps ok)

 * 1U form factor

 * redundant AC power

 * access physical serial connections via local port #

 * access physical serial connections via local IP alias (nice to have)

Can you recommend a serial port server/concentrator that I could use in place of opengear for a better value and/or lower cost?

I'm just ignorant about the current market for serial port concentrators and so far web searches have not revealed ideas, so your input is appreciated!



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