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Re: terminal server recommendation
Charles Sprickman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > On Tue, 1 May 2001, Martin, Christian wrote: > > > The Xylogics/Bay/Nortel Remote Annex 4000 can support up tp 72 console > > ports, and has a great menu interface with great EIA-232 functionality. > > Eh? Unless they've added command completion and history, I have to > disagree there... You don't need command completion and history for a menu interface: 1. Connect to cisco router 2. Connect to mail server 3. Connect to Web server Pick one> is similar to what we used, and was pretty much all we found necessary. They have a neat feature, too, where you can configure whatever you connect to serial port 1 to be reachable via telnet to port 5001, port 2 to 5002, etc. Great for scripts. > Add to that that they don't self-boot and that you can't save your > config off the box. If these are at all similar to other similar Bay Networks terminal server products (and I'm pretty sure they are), they'll self-boot if you put flash into them, and you can save your configuration with the "na" utility. > And you will *not* just set the thing > up in a half hour. > > > Ports don't hang, they reset on time, etc. They use amphenol connectors > > across 25 pair which makes for easy punchdowns and cross-connects. > > The amphenols have a nasty habit of not seating properly, especially when > the box is in a cabinet and some cables have to go upwards rather than > down... And when they're half-in, or not perfectly level you one day find > you can reach four of your six devices... > > And there's no ssh. > Those are all good points, though. :) [...] > Perhaps it's because I'm still forced to use them since we have them left > over from when they were dialup PPP servers or something, but I like them > less than stinky cheese. I do get a bit nostalgic because it was the > first thing I ever "su'd" on, and it does have a BSD code base. But I > certainly would recommend anything else over an Annex. You'll miss them when they're gone. I still miss logging into them... :) -----ScottG.