I want to purchase a used Avocent KVM-over-IP device on eBay to manage some servers out-of-band in a data center. I have seen many older ones on eBay in good working condition for a couple hundred bucks, including the cable dongles. Like model 2000 and the like. Seems like a good deal.
Assuming I am willing to take the risk and purchase a working unit from a reputable seller, is there anything I need to beware of? I have seen some references to DSView software. Assuming the used unit does not come with software, is the software needed for Avocent built into the box, or is a separate purchase? Or free download?
Other out-of-band KVM-over-IP that I've used like IPMI from Supermicro the software was in firmware and it was web-based. That's really what would be ideal. Assign an IP to the KVM-over-IP and then control via a browser.