We use Quintech SRR2150 L-band switches at our teleports. These are simple devices for switching L-band inputs and outputs. The most common application for one is to switch inputs to a spectrum analyser. This allows me to use one spectrum analyser to monitor several inputs (multiple antennas, multiple polarisations on the same antenna, etc).
Quintech’s switches are pretty basic. They have a front control panel, an interactive shell accessible by serial or telnet, and a custom communications protocol over 9100/TCP. Quintech provide a basic Windows management application, but it is either rudimentary (version 1.0) or totally broken (version 2.06). Why not control it from the command line? Thankfully Quintech have fully documented their management protocol, and implementing it in Perl was a few hours’ work back in 2007.