THE Western Telematic CMS-8/16/32 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 access remote devices in order to change configuration parameters, connect users to restricted ports, collect buffered data, and perform a variety of other administrative functions.
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 CMS 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, systems managers 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.
Telnet, or dial-up access to the console switches from remote locations, ensures access is always available.