alternatives to 2500 series console servers for home lab..

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Nov 16th, 2007

i wasn't sure where else to post this so here it lies. has anyone used a usb hub with multiple usb<->db9/serial cables as their 'console server'? any drawbacks to this? any problems with your computer supporting this number of com ports?


I have this problem too.
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Hi There

To be honest it has never crossed my mind to try the setup you mentioned. One of the main drawbacks to this that I see is having to have multiple windows open at the same time, 1 for each console connection and I have 20 pieces of equipment in my home lab.

I kind of like the fact that I can use the one console window on my laptop and jump around all the equipment in my home lab using my 2511 access server and reverse telnet.

For me that is the main reason I went with the 2511 over a more conventional terminal server

Just my 2c worth.

Best Regards,


srue Fri, 11/16/2007 - 12:27

securecrt uses tabs, so it woudln't be too bad....i've only got 7 devices though.

thanks for the feedback though

steve_steele Fri, 11/16/2007 - 13:37

I picked up a 2511 pretty cheap on ebay. I imagine that by the time you've purchased a large usb hub and plenty of usb - serial cables you'll not be saving much.


srue Sat, 11/17/2007 - 02:03

i got the usb parts i needed from new egg - $65 after everything, including 6 usb/serial adapters and a usb 4 port pci card.

ellis_b Sat, 11/17/2007 - 21:57

i would go just go with a 2511. it could also server as a router in your practice network. or it could be a two-port F.R. switch...or it could be both! :)


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