Subject: Re: NetBSD Terminal Server Advice???
To: None <>
From: Feico Dillema <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/10/2000 20:37:38
On Thu, Aug 10, 2000 at 10:20:28AM -0700, Jason R Thorpe wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 10, 2000 at 07:10:50PM +0200, Feico Dillema wrote:
>  > We need to setup a terminal server for a server farm, and try to find
>  > out whether we can use an `ordinary' Intel PC running NetBSD for that. 
>  > It would need 32 serial ports, so I'm looking for 8 or 16 port PCI
>  > multi-port serial cards that are supported by NetBSD (or FreeBSD?) and
>  > are easily available. If these are not to be found, then any hints and
>  > tips to alternatives?

Thanks everybody for the very quick help (and I didn't even mention
we're working with a nightmarish deadline ;)!

> I like the Cyclades Z series .. the Ze is a PCI card with a MIPS CPU
> on it, and you can plug up to 64 serial ports (16 per expander box)
> into it with SCSI cables.  It's a little pricey, but it works really
> well.  You can order it with 1 card + 2 boxes for 32 ports.
It's cheap compared to the price of the machines and routers it will
connect ;}. As long as I know it will work and work well, price is
secondary here for out client...

> We're using them in production at Zembu on NetBSD.  Bill Studenmund and
> I wrote the driver, so we could help out with any problems you might
> have.
That's perfect. I need a solution that is known to work in practice
and that I can deploy reliably on the (very) short term. Thanks again, 
I just ordered one.