Linuxathome.net - Linux news and help for home broadband internet users
 Home | Files | Case Mods | Reviews | Forum | Search | Links | RDF | Contact | Uptime | Server Info | Tracker
Sections

Installation Guide
Setting Up
Internet Sharing
Port Forwarding
Services Config
Installing Programs
Game Servers
Using IPTables
Useful Commands
Kernel Upgrading
System Recovery
Red Hat 7.2 Setup
OpenBSD Setup
BPA Login Setup
PPPoE Setup
Add New Hardware
Using PPTP VPN
VMware ESX Cmds
Our RC5 Team
Folding@Home
Help Support Us

 
Articles
Linux Security
NetStats FAQ
Linux KIS Trojan
CAT5/LAN Cables
Domain Names
Presario RH Install APC Debian DVD
 
Slashdot.org
  • Astronomers Have Come Up With a Better Way To Weigh Millions of Solitary Stars
  • A Cryptocurrency Without a Blockchain Has Been Built To Outperform Bitcoin
  • Noninvasive Radiation Therapy Halts Deadly Heart Rhythm
  • DOJ Confirms Uber Is Being Investigated For Criminal Behavior
  • Facebook Will Introduce Ads As Videos Start Playing
  • Lawmakers Are Fighting For Net Neutrality
  • Attackers Deploy 'Triton' Malware Against Industrial Safety Equipment
  • PSA: AIM Will Be Discontinued Tomorrow
  • EFF: Accessing Publicly Available Information On the Internet Is Not a Crime
  • NASA, Google Spot Eighth Planet in Solar System Rivaling Ours
  • Amazon Will Resume Selling Apple TV, Google's Chromecast
  • Fortinet VPN Client Exposes VPN Creds; Palo Alto Firewalls Allow Remote Attacks
  • The Trump Administration Just Voted To Repeal the US Government's Net Neutrality Rules
  • Space Is Not a Void
  • Internet Traffic To Major Tech Firms Mysteriously Rerouted To Russia
  •  
    Affiliates

    TweakTown.com
    ZGeek.com
    pebkac-consulting.com.au

     
    Webmail
      E-mail Address:

    Password:


     

      Avocent/Cybex DSR2161 KVM Review

     
     
     Date: February 10th, 2002
     Type: Review
     Supplier: Avocent
     Author: mayhem
     

    Testing
    In testing the unit we just put it through the paces of running servers remotely and locally to see how it performed. In doing so two system where used (three in total including the local monitor, mouse and keyboard), the first was a Windows 2000 system (connected to the network) as the DSAuthentication Server and also for the DSAdmin, the second system was a Windows ME system used (pretending to be one of the servers on Port 1), this allowed us to test all the necessary features.

    When using the DSR2161 locally, by connecting a keyboard, video, mouse to the analog ports, the hardware has a handy onscreen display that is handy to set up the machine and custom every setting for each port. This allows you to give each user and port a name (similar to the DSView software for remote sessions).

    DSView Setup of DSR2161: DSView Topology | DSR Connection (click link to view the images)

    Remote Access
    The Session Window is very similar to the look of pcAnywhere, allowing a windowed connection to the server of your choice. This setup is both convenient and problematic, on the good side you can connect to more than one system at a time (depending on the model of the DSR), but the performance is not 100 percent real-time like it is with a directly connected keyboard, monitor and mouse. Then again, you have to understand that the DSR is taking the analog signals, digitizing them, compressing them, encrypting them and then encapsulating them into a TCP packet. Then they are sent down the wire where the process is then reversed at the client running DSView. While there is some latency in video performance, it is a very small sacrifice to make in return for the huge amount of flexibility you gain by being able to control your servers from anywhere in the world.

    Since the DSR2161 unit is a combination of Hardware and Software the control of the system comes up differently if your accessing from the local port of a remote session using DSView.

    Unfortunately we were unable to test the unit with 16 machines connected to it, but from the above testing you can see how the unit works with all its features.

    Conclusion
    For a business solution the Avocent/Cybex DSR2161 unit is rather a good option, allowing upto 16 servers to be remotely monitored or operated by upto 3 connections at any one time makes the job of any IT Technician easier to say the least.

    Although it does allow you to completely display a system to the local screen (using the Session Window) it doesn't actually allow you to manage the unit in the same was as the other KVM's we have seen before (where by the control is physically transfers over to the screen and keyboard your sitting at), the way the DSR2161 works is more like pcAnywhere by Symantec which leads to the question couldn't you just use pcAnywhere in the first place. Well yes and no would be the answers to that, if your looking for a cheaper solution then pcAnywhere 10.0 might be for you, but the DSR2161 allows for greater flexibility with its central server design. The end choice would really depend on the network that you are implementing.

    Pros

  • Connections for upto 16 servers
  • Rack mountable 1U unit
  • Fully configurable via null modem cable
  • Cons

  • The price tag of $3000 US for the DSR2161
  • No Linux support or software
  • NTFS partition installation for DSAuthentication Service
  • Overall the DSR2161 is packed full of features making it easy to use and ideal for a large scale solution and implementation.

    A special thanks goes out to the team at Avocent and Trisha from NetPR for supplying this kit for our review. If you would like to find out some more technical information or would like to place an order for a SwitchView then please visit the Avocent website.

    Score: 8 / 10

    Avocent now have an Australian reseller, below are the necessary contact details:

    Blue Ridge
    Justin Milne
    Phone: 61-7-3250-7777
    Fax : 61-7-3257-1700
    P.O. Box 455
    Nundah Queensland, 4012

    FORUM: Talk about this and other products

     

      Supplier Information

     
    Avocent provide a large range of networking products, for the home user to large scale enterprise solutions. If you would like to purchase a Avocent/Cybex KVM or any other product then please drop by their website for more information on specifications of their product lines and to place an order. You can find all the details on products on their site http://www.avocent.com/.

    Proudly Hosted By:
    Hosted by PEBKAC Consulting

    Please read our Legal Notice for information concerning our site and its content.
    All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. All the rest © 2000 - 2016 by Linuxathome.net

    Reviews

    D-Link DI-704P
    VIA EPIA-M 9000
    Tux Applique
    Ricoh MP5125A
    AMD XP 2600+
    3DProphet 9000Pro
    Radeon 9700 Pro
    XTNDAccess IrDA
    Netgear FS-524s
    DSR2161 KVM
    Game TheaterXP & XPS-510 Speakers
    3D Prophet 4000XT
    AutoView 400
    Back-UPS CS 350
    Dual Neon Kit
    SwitchView KVM
    20x4 LCD Kit
    Window Kit

     
    Kuro5hin.org
    XML error: Mismatched tag at line 27.
     
    Google (Linux)
    Enter Keywords:

     
    Bash Jokes

    % ar m God

    ar: God does not exist

     
    Virtualization, Virtual Machine & Virtual Server Consolidation - VMware

    The Community ENTerprise Operating System

    Get Slackware Linux

    Use OpenOffice.org

    Use Asterisk