I am soliciting comments on the purchase of a multiport serial card to
be used under Linux. In the near future I intend to migrate my modem
pool from an old Xyplex terminal server to a Linux box. Currently I
have 8 modems, so an 8 port adapter would be adequate, but in the
future I might want to expand, so I want to be able to have multiple
cards in the same machine.
The computer I have set aside for this is a 100mhz pentium with 32meg.
I hope that will be adequate to run 8 or more PPP, SLIP, and telnet
connections at 115kbps. The computer will not have interactive
logins, it will just be working as a terminal server.
In the interest of stability, I want to limit myself to cards which
have stable drivers in the 2.0.32 kernel. This seems to be:
Stallion EasyIO, EC8/64
I would like to spend around $600. Currently I use RJ45 to connect my
modems, so that would be fine, but I have no objections to an octopus
cable. I have no preference for ISA or PCI, as long as the board can
support the 8 connections at 115kbps.
Any recommendations? Any suggestions on where to buy such a card once
I select one? Any advice would be appreciated.