How to Connect Laptop to Router Console Port with Ethernet RJ-45 Console Cable?

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?

Learn More: How to Connect to a Cisco Standard Console Port (RJ-45)?

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:
  1. 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.

  1. 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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