SUMMARY: terminal server recommendations?

From: Tim Carlson (
Date: Mon Feb 17 1997 - 16:50:25 CST

My original message:

>Not exactly Sun specific, but I would like to hear what you folks have to
>say about terminal servers. What I am looking for is a box that can
>handle 8->20 incoming modem lines. All that the machine really needs to
>do is take the incoming calls and telnet them to a Solaris machine. Any
>thoughts and/or experiences would be appreciated.
>I'm kind of leaning toward a Cisco 2509 or 2511 or a Livingston PM-2

Summary of responses:

Many people replied that they were using Livingston PM's of different
varities and were quite happy with them:

Lots of folks also liked the Cisco machines:

There were also some recommendations for Xylogix machines.

In the end, we decided to go for a totally different machine for a couple
of reasons.

1) the Livingston had much more functionality than what we needed
2) The cisco boxes seemed to be designed for routing/terminal serving and
   we already have the router
3) both of the above were really overkill for what we needed and we
   thought we could get into a solution for less than $2500

In the end, we chose a Digi PortServer/8 which a local vendor was able to
deliver in a day and we were able to get it configured and up on the net
in a couple of hours. Just a nice simple machine for our nice simple
problem :) The fact that we were able to get it for about $1000 was also a

Thanks to all those who responded

Ric Anderson <>
Daniel Baker <>
Troy Wollenslegel <>
"Bert N. Shure" <>
"Michael R. Zika" <>
Jim Gillmore <>
"Ing. Francisco J. Donderis L." <>
Rich Casto <>
Paul Hubbard <>
Scott Boss <>
Stuart Kendrick <>
Matthew Stier <Matthew.Stier@MCI.Com>
Doug Turley <>
Daniel Beaudry <>
Brent Bice <>
John DiMarco <>
Greg Price <>
Peter Marelas <>
Satish Somanath <>
Jim Harmon <>

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