Look at your Cisco router or switches, you will find that every Cisco router or a switch has a console port (also known as the management port) on its back side.
The Console port is used to connect a computer directly to a router or switch and manage the router or switch since there is no display device for a router or switch.
Do you know how to use this console port? How to connect the Laptop to your router Console Port?
In this article we will share the detailed steps to connect Laptop to router console port.
Firstly, you must have:
1. One or a combination of these cables to complete this task:
Serial DB-9/Ethernet RJ-45 console cable
2. USB to serial DB-9 adapter only if your laptop does not have a serial port
3. RJ-45 console cable to USB if your laptop does not have a serial port
How to connect your laptop to the console port on your router? Steps as follows:
- Plug the serial DB-9 end of the console cable into the serial DB-9 port on your laptop. If your laptop has no serial DB-9 port, plug the serial DB-9 end of the console cable into the serial DB-9 end of a USB to serial DB-9 adapter and then into a USB port on your laptop.
NOTE: If you use a USB to serial DB-9 adapter, install the adapter driver on your laptop according to the adapter documentation.
- Plug the Ethernet RJ-45 end of the console cable into the console port on the router. The console port is usually labeled CONSOLEor CON/AUXon Cisco routers supported for dCloud use.
Figure1. Example Console Port Labeled CON / AUX (Cisco 819 Series Router)
Figure2. Example Console Port Labeled CONSOLE (Cisco 1811W Router)
NOTE: If you need help locating the console port on your router, refer to the router documentation.
Troubleshooting: If you are using the ATEN USB Serial Adapter with Mac OS X Lion, there are known issues with getting the adapter to work correctly. Contact Cisco dCloud Support for assistance.
The reference from https://dcloud-cms.cisco.com/help/connect_console
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