Dell 2161DS Remote Console Switch

Dell 2161DS
Remote Console Switch
The Dell 2161DS combines the
power of digital and analog
technology into a single KVM
switch, providing users both local
and remote connectivity directly
to the Keyboard, Video, and
Mouse ports of their servers.
Product Background and Overview
With the 2161DS, server administrators can monitor and control a virtually unlimited number of servers in almost
any number of locations with ease. Increasing productivity, the 2161DS helps ensure that IT resources are fully
optimized - allowing the business to reap maximum returns from critical technology investments. The 2161DS is
a multi-platform solution that connects up to 128 servers over a single IP connection. With its pay as you grow
scalability, the 2161DS can connect multiple users to multiple servers. The 2161DS, a KVM OVER IP™ switch, also
allows server administrators to retain their analog KVM connections wherever they deem it appropriate. So,
instead of having to choose between the new KVM OVER IP or a traditional KVM switch, they can enjoy the best
of both worlds.
Dell's 2161DS Remote Console Switch combines analog and digital technology to provide flexible, centralized control
of data center servers. The Dell 2161DS combines the power of digital and analog technology into a single KVM
switch, providing users both local and remote connectivity directly to the Keyboard, Video, and Mouse ports of their
servers. This solution delivers a significant reduction of cable volume as well as secure remote access and flexible
server management from anywhere at any time.
The 2161DS consists of a rack mountable KVM switch configurable for local and remote connectivity. Each 2161DS
has 16 CAT 5/RJ45 ports (for connecting servers). Users can access servers across a 10/100 T Ethernet connection
or directly through an analog port on the 2161DS for local KVM connectivity and administration. Through the local
port, you can achieve enhanced video quality of up to 1600 x 1200 with an end-to-end cable length of up to 50 feet
(15 meters). Remote users can achieve video resolution of up 1280 x 10241.
Highlighted Features
Dell 2161DS Remote Console Switch
The 2161DS comes with the Server Interface Pod (SIP), which replaces bulky KVM cable by converting the keyboard,
monitor, and mouse signals from a server and driving them up to 10 meters (32.8ft) through a single CAT 5 cable. The
SIP cable draws its power from the server and has a keep alive functionality that is designed to keep your server
working properly with or without connectivity to the 2161DS unit.
The 2161DS includes the Dell Remote Console Software (RCS). You can operate the 2161DS from either the
remote or local workstation. At the local station you will use Oscar, the same menu found on Dell's traditional
analog switches. At the remote workstation, you will use the RCS software, a Java based browser interface to
your entire 2161DS system.
Dell Server Interface Pod (SIP)
Optional Accessory: Dell Port Expansion Module
An optional accessory to this product is the Dell Port Expansion Module. A Port Expansion Module (PEM) is a
passive device that can be mounted next to the railing of the rack. A PEM connects to one system port on a 2161DS
and then to 8 servers. With a PEM connected to each of the 16 ports on the 2161DS, the total system capacity of
a 2161DS expand to 128 total servers.
Other highlights include: Connectivity - Digital and analog paths, Flash Upgradeable - Designed for future
hardware compatibility, Flexibility - Access and control any server from a single screen with the RCS Java based
software, Scalability - Grows with your expanding IT environment by providing control for a virtually unlimited
number of servers; adding a user is as simple as adding a client, Space Efficient Design - Occupies 0U in a Dell
Rack, CAT 5 Cabling - Reduces cable bulk, KVM Over IP Connection, Centralized Server Access and Management
with RCS.
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Dell 2161DS Remote Console Switch
Mechanical Height: 1.72 in. (4.45cm)
Dell offers a broad portfolio of Enterprise services
that help you optimize the use of IT technologies,
rapidly deploy systems, educate IT professionals
and maximize system uptime. Dell provides expert
advice and technical assistance and a single
point of contact, and helps you reduce overall
total cost of ownership (TCO).
Width: 17.00 in. (43.18cm)
Depth: 11.00 in. (27.94)
Weight: 8 lbs. (3.6 kg) without cables
Environmental Operating Temp: 32 to 104 degrees F (0 to 40 degrees C)
Storage Temp: -4 to 158 degrees F (-20 to 70 degrees C)
Power Operating Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC
Power Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz Auto Sensing
Standard Support for the 2161DS
Input Power: 40W Maximum
*Three-year limited warranty2 supplemented with
three years of standard Next Business Day
on-site parts replacement and one year of Next
Business Day on-site3 labor
Supported Hardware Computers: PS/2
Monitors: VGA, SVGA (XGA, XGA II with adaptor) Maximum Resolution
Local Port: 1600 X 1200 at 75 Hz, Digital Port Maximum: 1280 X 1024 at 75 Hz
Ports One local console connection UIA 15 pin SVGA monitor, PS/2 Mouse, PS/2 keyboard
One 10/100 Ethernet network connection, provides access to KVM switch for
two simultaneous users via TCP/IP
*7-day/24-hour Lifetime Telephone Technical
Support for troubleshooting and diagnosis of Dell
Sixteen CAT 5 system connections (RJ45 jacks) provides connectivity for 16
systems via standard CAT5 UTP cable
*7-day/24-hour Online Support Services
Optional Services
*Premier Enterprise Consulting Services
*Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels of support available
*Same-Day, On-Site Response and Repair Services4
*DirectLine™ and DirectLine Plus Software
Support Hotlines
*Remote Console Software configuration
questions and "How To" questions are supported
via a Software Support Contract which is
available through Dell Premier Enterprise Support
Services (PESS) Gold, Silver, Bronze (with
Software Support option) or DirectLine Plus.
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Results are according to mfgr specs and field use.
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Service may be provided by third-party. Technician will be dispatched if necessary following phone-based troubleshooting. To receive next business day
service, Dell must notify the service provider before 5pm (depending on service contract) customer time. Availability varies.
Service may be provided by a third-party provider under contract with Dell. Technician will be dispatched if necessary following phone-based
troubleshooting. For 7x24 service, Dell will dispatch a service technician within 4 hours of determining the hardware problem. For 5x10 service, Dell will
dispatch a technician to the customer site within 4 hours of determining the hardware problem. The service technician may not arrive until the following
business day if dispatched after 4:00 pm local time. Available within a 125-mile radius of over 80 metropolitan areas. Customers not located within a 125mile radius of the stocking locations are not eligible for this offering. Not available with any other Dell systems. Available in the U.S. only.
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