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Console server sports up to 10 Ethernet ports, 19 serial ports

Apr 20, 2011 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Acrosser announced a console server that features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor and up to nineteen serial ports. The ACS-R5401FL offers hard disk or CompactFlash storage, dual gigabit Ethernet ports and eight 10/100 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, and a VGA output, the company says.

Like the ACS-N5430FL and ACS-N5630FL released by Acrosser in 2009, the ACS-R5401FL is designed to be a single point of access to multiple connected devices, such as servers, routers, or switches. The company obviously has plenty of faith in the venerable Atom N270 CPU (with 945GSE northbridge and ICH7-M) it has used here, since its new box has significantly more serial and LAN ports than the earlier ones — which sported higher-powered Core 2 Duos.

Acrosser's ACS-R5401FL
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Specifically, the ACS-R5401FL/8P includes three non-isolated RS232 ports (one is front-mounted, for console connection) and eight RS232/422/485 ports, the latter served up via Phoenix terminal blocks. The ACS-R5401FL/16P model, meanwhile, has the same three RS232 ports plus sixteen RS232/422/485 ports, according to Acrosser.

Both models also include ten Ethernet ports with RJ45 connectors — two gigabit and eight 10/100. Apart from that, the rackmountable ACS-R5401FL has six USB 2.0 ports (two front, two rear, two via pin headers), according to the company.

Ports on Acrosser's ACS-R5401FL
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Acrosser says the ACS-R5401FL comes with 1GB of DDR2 RAM installed in its single SO-DIMM socket, but is upgradeable to 2GB. Persistent storage, meantime, is provided by both a 3.5-inch bay for SATA devices and a rear-accessible CompactFlash slot, Acrosser says.

According to Acrosser, the ACS-R5401FL may be operated fanlessly in temperatures ranging from 32 to 131 deg. F. Featuring a programmable watchdog timer and hardware monitoring of temperature and voltage, the device accepts AC inputs from 88 to 132 Volts or 176 to 264 Volts, and DC inputs from (rather unusually) 124 to 186 Volts or 248 to 373 Volts, according to the company's data sheet.

Operating system support is said to include Windows XP, Windows XP Embedded, and Linux (Fedora Core 6/7/8).

Specifications listed by Acrosser for the ACS-R5401FL include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom N270 clocked at 1.6GHz
  • Chipset — 945GSE northbridge and ICH7M southbridge
  • Memory — up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM via SO-DIMM slot
  • Storage –3.5-inch SATA hard disk drive and CompactFlash slot
  • Networking — 2 x gigabit Ethernet and 8 x 10/100 Ethernet
  • Other I/O:
    • 3 x RS232 via DB9 connectors
    • 8 (ACS-R5401FL/8P) or 16 (ACS-R5401FL/16P) RS/232/422/485 ports via Phoenix terminal blocks
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 2 rear, 2 via headers)
    • VGA
  • Operating range — 32 to 131 deg. F
  • Power requirements — AC from 88 to 132 Volts or 176 to 264 Volts, DC from 124 to 186 Volts or 248 to 373 Volts
  • Dimensions — 17.4 x 14.72 x 3.46 inches
  • Weight — n/s

Further information

Acrosser did not release availability or pricing for the ACS-R5401FL, but the device appears to be available now. More information may be found on the ACS-R5401FL product page.

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