Cisco USB Console Port

Due to the high prices of the USB To Serial cable converter used to connect to the console cable of CISCO devices, CISCO has recently added a new USB console port to its products, that uses a cheap USB cable, that also widely used with other devices, for example external USB hard disk. Also the traditional 45-rj console port still available to provide compatibility with legacy PCs or to be used with the USB To Serial cable converters.

Traditional USB to Serial cable converter

Radio_Shack_USB_Serial_Cable

Both console ports in Cisco devices “blue bordered”

2960s

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USB Cable Used With the USB Console Port

Cisco USB Console Ports

This USB console cable needs a driver to be installed to be usable with Cisco devices. You can download this driver for windows (32&64&2k), Linux, and Mac OS from the following link: Cisco USB Console Port/Download

Also this is a short video showing how to configure this cable on windows from YouTube:

Also you can read the popular article Cisco USB Console Ports written by Scott Hogg at NETWORKWORLD.

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