EU [WTB] 19" Rackmount USB Hub >= 10 port

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I'm looking to connect some equipment to monitoring server over RS232 serial communication.
My plan is to get a rackmount USB Hub with 10 or more ports to connect a bunch of RS232 to USB converters.

Can't find anything in stock or priced decently so hoping to find it here.
 
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If you still look at the usb route after the console servers, I have one of these that I got from someone doing chia with a bunch of external drives and he said it was rock solid. It has a really solid build and feel to it and you could probably find some sort of 3d printed mount on thinguniverse/etc.
 

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I went with an Industrial USB 3 Hub\switch and mounted it to the side wall of my enclosure!
It's nice as it was powered so I didn't need to worry about limited power, 10 ports added to the single host, if you want immediate access to the USP ports, I pulled 5 to the front of my rack and used a blank Keystone 19in mount, and added some USB/USB keystones
 
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From AliExpress I can get 10x RS232 and 1x 10 port usb 2.0 powered hub for around 30 euros. It is not pretty but it works.
To make it pretty i would give, say 20€.

So my budget is 50 euros for RS232 and a pretty USB hub :D

If OPENGEAR CM4148-SAC was available in europe for the same price I would jump on it!

So far all serial console servers I could find in europe are more than 100 euros with shipping.

Serial console manager seems to be a way to go. Will keep an eye out for those!
 
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Almost all larger usb hubs (7+) are garbage that will stop working or not even work right to begin with-been there, done that. That's the only reason I bought the sabrent units--because someone had actually vetted that they work in an environment where timeouts/dropouts/etc would have been enough reason to replace them.

If you've got a pci slot, you could always just get a multi serial card and connect direct to all the devices.
 

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No pci slot, unfortunately. I'm using a Dell Wyse as a monitoring server for all of the equipment. Good info.
Ah, then this is what you want:

I couldn't find any of these cheap on ebay, but the smaller 4-port and 8-port ones are quite cheap. Even some of the db25 16-port versions are pretty cheap:

If you don't mind changing from the Dell Wyse to a Lenovo M32 thin client that has 4x serial ports built-in, then you can just add the 8-port digi and be done: