Home page logo
/

nanog logo nanog mailing list archives

RE: terminal server recommendation
From: Charles Sprickman <spork () inch com>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 21:28:12 -0400 (EDT)


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...  Add to that that they don't self-boot and that you
can't save your config off the box.  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.

One caveat - they are EOL....

Thank God :)

But the code seems to have lived on for a while in the Bay 5300 access
servers.  I think only Concentric bought into that sham though.  Some evil
things just cannot be killed by normal means.  Although a good "ping -s
1500" directed at an attached PPP user will render it useless until you
stop.

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.

BTW, wanna buy one?  I've got a spare 4000 and two Annex 3's, and a box
full of octopus cable...

MHO,

Charles

chris



I would like to deploy a terminal server in several of my
POPs, however cost
is a slight issue. Can anyone on the list recommend a fairly
inexpensive
terminal server (besides Cisco)? Obviously the terminal
server should be
reliable and work - it is the little things that count.

chas
_________________________________________________________________
Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com






  By Date           By Thread  

Current thread:
[ Nmap | Sec Tools | Mailing Lists | Site News | About/Contact | Advertising | Privacy ]