OP, we basically use that in my company. The difference is that they use RJ45's instead of serial ports, but outside of that they are the exact same thing. They work well, and are pretty simple to use once you learn how to use them.
Originally Posted by her209
My only main concern is that I won't be able to telnet/ssh when I'm away like I could with an access server.
That's definitely do-able. It's how our IT staff does a chunk of their config work (they can do about ~20% work from home per week). VPN to the corporate network, and you should be fine.