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Devices with only USB console port - Need a Console Server Solution

Here are the pictures again.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bj?rn Mork [mailto:bjorn at mork.no]
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 4:16 AM
To: Christopher Morrow <morrowc.lists at gmail.com>
Cc: Erik Sundberg <ESundberg at nitelusa.com>; nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: Devices with only USB console port - Need a Console Server Solution

Christopher Morrow <morrowc.lists at gmail.com> writes:

> seems like a total improvement.... swapping 1 well known, simple cable for 2...
> hurray progress?

The USB port is probably cheaper than anything else. And it gives them more flexibility.  No need for both an RS232 and Ethernet console port.
The USB port can be both, depending only on driver/application support on the router.  And you have other options as well. Wifi console maybe?
Or a direct USB-USB cable (with the necessary logic to appear as a device to both ends).

It is also possible to create USB only console servers, if the market wants that.  Avoiding two RS232 conversions per console port will save enough capacitors to run a Tesla.

Whether these alternatives become available is of course up to Cisco.
You do need the driver and application support on the router.  Time will show what they come up with.



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