WESTERN Telematic console management switches, available from Interworld Electronics , provide secure, in-band and/or out-of-band access to RS232 console ports and maintenance ports on UNIX servers, routers and other network equipment.
System administrators can remotely access the console management switches via TCP/IP network, using Secure Shell SSHv2 (SCM-16 only), Telnet, or out-of-band via modem or local terminal.
After contacting the unit, simple, menu-driven commands are then used to connect to serial maintenance ports or select configuration parameters.
Each port can be individually accessed by number, name, or group. Ports can be individually configured using simple, menu driven commands to set passwords, data rates, parity, flow control and many other operating parameters.
The full matrix capability of the console management switches allows any port to connect to any other port on the switch. Ports can also be connected or disconnected by a third party with supervisor rights.
For example, the systems manager can swap various RS232 devices between ports on a terminal server at a remote location. Configuration and Status screens display port parameters and connection activity for one or all ports.
A buffered "snapshot" of the last 32K of received data is stored in memory, and can be viewed, saved, or erased by the system operator at any time. The buffering allows the console management switch to collect data during non-connect periods.
This is particularly useful in the event that "alarm error" or other critical data is sent from a specific console port. When the console management switch receives error messages or status messages from an attached console port, the unit can buffer these messages and send them to you via the SYSLOG or provide immediate notification via a SNMP trap.
Address-specific IP security masks prevent unauthorized access to the console management switch's command and configuration functions. Two levels of password security are also provided.
The system administrator level provides complete access to all port connection / disconnection functions, operating features and configuration menus, and also allows access to any port on the switch.
The user level is ideal for co-location applications, since users are only permitted to view status and connect to the specific ports allowed by their password.
For data sensitive applications the SCM-16 provides Secure Shell (SSHv2) encryption of all user commands and system responses.