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I just use a Raspberry Pi with USB to Serial adapters or old servers with PCI(-E) 8 port serial cards. They make it so easy to adapt to any environment, and it phones home to my conserver (https://www.conserver.com/) gateway. The total cost for hardware is less than $150.
From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at nanog.org> On Behalf Of Christopher Morrow
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:04 AM
To: Sameer Khosla <skhosla at neutraldata.com>
Cc: nanog list <nanog at nanog.org>
Subject: Re: Console Servers
a vote for (so far so good) the nodegrid ZPE devices.
On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 8:54 AM Sameer Khosla <skhosla at neutraldata.com<mailto:skhosla at neutraldata.com>> wrote:
My favorite are the lantronix SLC console servers. Fairly bullet-proof, they are one of those devices that just work. Can usually be picked up used ~$300 for 32 or 48 port varieties in good condition if you arenâ??t in the biggest hurry.
From: NANOG <nanog-bounces at nanog.org<mailto:nanog-bounces at nanog.org>> On Behalf Of Alan Hannan
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:37 AM
To: NANOG <nanog at nanog.org<mailto:nanog at nanog.org>>
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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