Nodegrid Bold

Nodegrid Bold ™

Fully loaded IoT, POD, Retail, and Remote Office IT infrastructure management in a Bold little box

Nodegrid Bold provides secure access and control for managing remote devices at the EDGE of your network.

Nodegrid Bold


Nodegrid Bold is fast, secure, versatile and reliable. Bold in features and capabilities, Nodegrid Bold supports a variety of connection methods: serial, console, network, USB, Wi-Fi, Cellular Modem. You get In-Band and Out-of-Band power control, sensors and IT device health monitoring, alert notifications, actionable data, network backup, and more!

ZPE Systems’ Nodegrid Bold provides smart, consolidated out-of-band access and control of your edge IT equipment. In case your store’s router goes down, Bold automatically senses the network failure and activates your choice of cellular modem, over a cellular carrier and mobile plan of your choice. ZPE does not lock you into one or two predetermined cellular providers.

Nodegrid Bold simultaneously provision a seamless SSL VPN experience with your choice of static, dynamic or private IP address – so you don’t have to wonder what your store’s new IP address is during a severe IT breakdown event. ZPE’s Instant SSL VPN creates a tunnel back to corporate with the same exact IP address as before so your customers and employees are no worse for wear.

In fact, Bold offers more than just SSL client & server VPN capability to retail and remote office customers. Want to consolidate IT hardware in each store? Add backup capability? Add more IP addresses, Wi-Fi and networking capacity?


  • Minimizes MTTR, downtime and expenses with secure, centralized remote device access & control
  • Increases site reliability with open industry standard hardware, and easy-to-use software
  • Flexible and Expandable – add-on cards for more Serial, USB, or Ethernet ports
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) for fast setup in remote locations
  • Failover to 4G/LTE modem, Gateway and multi-routing table capability
  • Power control and monitoring – get alerts on sub-optimal IT device health and solve problems automatically
  • Extended Automation based on actionable real-time data
  • Modern 64-bit Linux kernel for fast security patching and widespread software availability
  • Direct Linux shell, HTML5 cross-device web access and command line interface
  • Docker-optimized for flexible script and application integration Integrates with ZPE Systems Nodegrid Manager vendor-neutral, unified management solution
  • Orchestration – Puppet and Chef
  • Access Normalization, Control and Monitoring for EDGE devices
  • Horizontal & Vertical Scaling and Auto-discovery Configuration
  • Policy-based Authentication, Authorization and Auditing
  • Automatic Event Tracking and Actionable Data
  • Multi-port Hardware and Multi-vendor devices
  • Failover to 4G/LTE USB modem of your choice
  • Wi-Fi ready (via internal card or external USB) for hotspot or client
  • Dual Gb Ethernet ports with:
    • Multiple Routing Table capability
    • Interface Bonding for Failover / Throughput
    • Bridge Mode for Cascading Network Devices
    • Failover to 4G/LTE USB modem


Extend Security to the Edge

Nodegrid Bold operates on the EDGE of the network while keeping things safe and secure. With SSL VPN, IPsec, Firewall and TLS 1.2 capabilities built in, you can rest assured knowing that your EDGE network vulnerabilities associated with other OOB solutions are made secure with Nodegrid Bold.

Here’s where customers are using Nodegrid Manager:


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Retail & Remote Office

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Healthcare & Biotech

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Internet, Social Media & Search

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Hardware Specifications
CPU Intel Dual-core x86_64 CPU
Memory & Storage
Interfaces 6 RS-232 serial ports on DB9
2 GbE ports on RJ45
4 USB 3.0 Host on Type A connector
4 USB 2.0 Hosts on Type A connector
1 Wi-Fi port (optional)
1 VGA/HDMI output port
1 Keyboard, 1 mouse, 1 speaker, 1 mic
Warranty 2 Years
Software Specifications
Port Access Direct access by port name, TCP port, device name and IPv4/IPv6 address
High performance port login: <1 sec on SSH, <3 sec on Telnet
1,000+ simultaneous sessions
Port sharing
Command line interface (CLI)
Port custom field support, port icon configuration, port search
Device clustering across multiple Nodegrid units
DeviceURL™ instant bookmarks, FireTrail™ secure tunnels
Break-over SSH support
Power Management integration within serial session
System Management Extensible automated control based on actionable data, Web GUI management, command line interface (CLI), Linux root shell
IPv4 and IPv6 dual stack with IP forwarding support, Multi Routing Protocol, DHCP (client/server), Network Failover and Network Bonding (back-up & round-robin)
Additional Network Failover to 4G/LTE cellular modem via USB
Wi-Fi hotspot (server by default or client)
Fine Grain with multiple and customizable user levels of access
Auto-discovery of devices via network scan
Auto-discovery of attached serial devices (hostname discovery)
Custom field support
Search for any device information, including custom fields, to quickly access your device
Geo Map coordinates
NTP support, global time zone support
Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) for configuration and firmware updates
Vendor-neutral hyper-converged console management solution
HTML5 viewer (serial console, embedded KVM via IPMI and KVM) – no Java.
Support for Docker application integration
Monitoring capability via SNMP, IPMI and SSH with custom support
Orchestration Integration: Puppet, Chef and Nodegrid Manager
Access Protocols HTTPS, SSHv1 and SSHv2, optional HTTP and Telnet
Device View Options Tree, Table, Geo Map, Node and WEB with NodeIQ™ natural language search
Managed Power Devices – Out of Band Cyclades/Avocent, Legrand/Raritan, ServerTech, Emerson/Liebert, APC/Schneider
Security X.509 SSH certificate support, 4096-bit encryption keys
Selectable Cryptographic protocols for SSH and HTTPs (TLSv1.2, TLSv1.1, TLSv1)
Cypher suite levels: high, medium, low, custom
Local, AD/LDAP, RADIUS, TACACS+, Kerberos authentication
Local, backup-user authentication support
Group/role-based authorization: AD/LDAP, RADIUS, TACACS+
Port access, power access, appliance privilege
Firewall via IP packet and security filtering
User-access lists per port
SSL VPN – Client and Server
IPsec with support for multi sites
System configuration checksum™
System event syslog
Configurable IP forwarding support
Custom security with secure default settings
Strong password enforcement
Data Logging Local port buffering – 20MB per port
Local, NFS, syslog, off-line data logging
Time stamp and rotation for data logging
Event Destination Email, syslog, local
Alert Notifications Syslog, email
Software Delivery Format Installed out-of-box
Downloadable upgrades with support for PXE boot, network upgrade, ZTP upgrades
Operating System Built-in 64-bit Linux kernel 4.x and Yocto-based CustomKit™ SDK
Infrastructure Specifications
Power 12 VDC via external 100–30% VAC, 50/60 Hz adapter
Power consumption 25 W typical
Physical Dimensions (L x W x H): 220 x 220 x 45 mm (8.7 x 8.7 x 1.8 in), 1U
Weight: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb), depending on options
Shipping weight: 2.3 kg (5.0 lb)
Shipping size (L x W x H): 270 x 280 x 150 mm (10.6 x 11 x 5.9 in)
Environmental Operation: 0 to 50 C (32 to 122F), 20-90% RH, non-condensing
Storage: -20 to 67 C (-4 to 153 F), 10-90% RH, non-condensing
Supported Browsers Chrome
Internet Explorer

Ordering Information

Bold Model Description
NGB-T6-BASE Bold unit, 6-port serial, 4 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, 2 GbE, DC power adapter, 2-Cores, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD
NGB-T6W-BASE Bold unit, 6-port serial, 4 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, 2 GbE, DC power adapter, 2-Cores, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, internal Wi-Fi
Accessory Description
Z000036 RJ45F (NSC Txx Cyclades pinout) to DB9F cross converter
Z000200 RJ45F (NSC Txx Cyclades pinout) to DB9F straight converter
Z000039 RJ45F (NSC Txx Cyclades pinout) to RJ45M Sun/Cisco cross converter
Z000015 RJ45F (NSC TxxR Cisco pinout) to DB9F cross converter
NGB-PSU 12 VDC external 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz power adapter

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