Serial Console

Patrick Michael Kane modus at
Sun Jul 14 19:37:03 PDT 2002

* Alvin Starr (alvin at [020714 19:34]:
> well if you dig around you should be able to find a bunch of older 
> equipment and quite frankly, they will work for another 10 years or more 
> on average. They are more out of fashon than broken of worn out.
> For example computone no longer wants to support there serial port cards 
> and I think a number of them can be found on the resale market now.
> The cost of USB based serial concintrators is now getting not that bad. 
> For a small cluster this may be a reasonable altenitave.

Portmaster II's can give you 30 serial ports in 4u, usually for a few
hundred (tops) on ebay.  They don't support the nifty features like
SSH that the newer Cyclades and Digi TSes offer, but they are solid
and the price is right.

Patrick Michael Kane
<modus at>

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