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Console Servers

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

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

Midwest Internet Exchange 

The Brothers WISP 

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From: "Alan Hannan" <alan at routingloop.com> 
To: "NANOG" <nanog at nanog.org> 
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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