Nodegrid Flex

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Nodegrid Flex
The Flexibility You Need Is Here

Nodegrid Flex is the ultimate IoT, POD, Retail, and Remote Office IT infrastructure management solution, providing secure access and control with flexible ports to “mix and match” your needs for managing devices at the EDGE of your network.

Environments Change – Nodegrid Flex Keeps You Ahead

Every environment is different so why get locked into purchasing a pre-defined solution? If your retail or remote office doesn’t need all those ports, why should you have to pay for them?

With Nodegrid Flex, that’s no longer the case. mix and match the port configurations that you need for your particular environment.

Configure your device for best fit of your environment.

Nodegrid Flex Base Model

  • 2 Gb Ethernet Ports
  • 4 Serial Ports
  • 1 USB 3.0 Port
  • 3 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 VGA Port

Expansion Ports – Any Two Cards

  • 4-Port Gb Ethernet
  • 8-Port Serial
  • 6-Port USB

Perfect for Retail and Remote Offices

With Retail and Remote office locations needing connectivity, Nodegrid Flex serves as a perfect solution to keeping those locations functioning properly. With Nodegrid, accessing devices at the EDGE of the network is not only easy, but also safe and secure. With the ability to add wi-fi connectivity and 4G LTE failover, locations without IT personnel on staff are just a simple session away from resolution.


  • Data Center Test Lab Environments
  • Retail & Remote Offices
  • Finance, Healthcare, Biotech
  • Telecommunications
  • Internet, Social, Search

Nodegrid Flex - Branch Office

Extends Security to the EDGE

Nodegrid Flex 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 Flex.

Nodegrid Flex - Enterprise Grade Security

Nodegrid Flex - Network EDGE Security

Overview       Features       Specifications       Ordering Information


Nodegrid Flex is the ultimate IoT, POD, Retail, and Remote Office IT infrastructure management solution, providing secure access and control with flexible ports to “mix and match” your needs for managing remote devices at the EDGE of your network. Nodegrid Flex is fast, secure, versatile and reliable. Flex 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, asset malfunctions’ alert notifications, and more!


Retail and Remote Office Sites Benefit from Nodegrid Flex’s Unique Feature Set – unavailable in competitors’ consoles:

  • Enterprise Grade Cellular Modem – your choice of carrier, model, features and plans. Ideal for network failover and redundancy at globally distributed remote offices and retail stores.
  • Gateway and Routing (IP forwarding) Capabilities – intelligent multiple routing table algorithm for physical network or logical network fail over detection.
  • DHCP Server – provides extra IPs for your remote site on regular or emergency basis – or replaces your current router altogether.
  • Firewall – built-in and turns on with a checkbox.
  • Power Control and Monitoring – get alerts before POS malfunctions occur and repair faults automatically.
  • Security – built with 4096-bit encryption keys and configurable cryptographic protocols and selectable cypher suite levels.
  • Support X.509 SSH certificates, Local, AD/LDAP, RADIUS, TACACS+, Kerberos authentication, system configuration checksum™, system event syslog and more.
  • Docker and Scripting Apps – bulk up your stores’ customer services by deploying your own in-store DNS Server Docker app (customer-store interactive Wi-Fi), NFS Docker app for extra storage use (CCTV or product display playback), or any other new scripts/apps which increase in-store profitability, YOY.
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Ready – start beaming your own Wi-Fi antenna into your Nodegrid unit. Perfect for the far corners of your data galaxy.


View Technical Specifications
Hardware Specifications
CPU Intel Dual-core x86_64 CPU
Memory & Storage
Interfaces 4 RS-232 serial ports on DB9
2 GbE ports on RJ45
1 USB 3.0 Host on Type A connector
3 USB 2.0 Hosts on Type A connector
1 VGA output portExpansion slots (any two cards)
4-port GB Ethernet card
8-port Serial card
6-port USB card
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) via USB
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 Single AC: 100–240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power consumption 45 W (with two PCIe cards)
Physical Front mounting brackets
Dimensions (L x W x H): 435 x 210 x 43 mm (17.1 x 8.3 x 1.7 in), 1U
Weight: 2.9 kg (6.4 lb), depending on options
Shipping weight: 4.9 kg (11 lb)
Shipping size (L x W x H): 550 x 320 x 120 mm (21.7 x 172.6 x 4.7 in)
Environmental Operation: 0 to 50 C (32 to 122 F), 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

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Nodegrid Flex Model Description
NFX-T4F-BASE-SAC Flex base unit, 4-port serial, 1 USB 3.0, 3 USB 2.0, 2 GbE, Single AC power supply, 2-Cores, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Front-to-Back fans
NFX-T4B-BASE-SAC Flex base unit, 4-port serial, 1 USB 3.0, 3 USB 2.0, 2 GbE, Single AC power supply, 2-Cores, 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD, Back-to-Front fans
Expansion Cards
NFX-4ETH-EXPN 4-port Gb Ethernet
NFX-6USB-EXPN 6-port USB Type A
NFX-8SRL-EXPN 8-port Serial DB9
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
NFX-FAN-F2B Flex Front-to-Back Fan
NFX-FAN-B2F Flex Back-to-Front Fan

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