Ian Diddams <com> wrote:
'Fiddly'? 'Special cables'?
Admins of sun servers don't drive the terminal server market, so you're
not likely to find anything that ships with lots and lots of stuff ready
to plug into a sun.
More likely you'll get a unit with RJ-45 conectors, then you can use
straight through cabling onto a connector on the Sun. You can build
your own or have them made.
The Cyclades boxes tend to be well-liked, plus they have SSH support,
which many other solutions do not. There's also DIGI and any of the
router companies should have an offering too.
I can't think of any hardware product like this that I would describe as
"cheap". If you're more interested in price, you might want to consider
a throwaway PC with one or more multiport serial cards. Throw linux or
Solaris x86 on it and you've got a box you can secure and then connect
to the ports. For a small number of ports, you can probably do that
more cheaply than a dedicated box.
Now if you want 32 RJ-45 ports in a 19" 1U rack slot, you probably can't
do that on any normal intel box and you'll have to spring for the custom
Check the sun-managers archives. I think this was well summarized there
in the past couple of months.
Darren Dunham com
Unix System Administrator Taos - The SysAdmin Company
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