I'm having a problem trying to conect to a router and a switch that I got from work.
I am using a USB to serial cable. One end is plugged into the USB port on my computer and ther other is connected to a rollover cable that connects to the console port of my router.
I am using the following settings:
I'm still getting just a blank screen in putty. I've even tried waiting for a few minutes and pushing the return key.
I can't connect to the router or the switch, the router is a 2600series and the Switch is a catalyst 3550 series.
Anyone got any suggestions?
By the way, I'm running Windows Vista x64 on a dell inspiron 1520
Thanks for the response Charles.
Unfortunately Vista (as you mentioned) is slightly different... however, I have only been trying COM ports 1 thru 4.
I'm going to give it another go tomorrow evening after work and report back.
I have a serial to usb converter and for some reason I have to reinstall it (using setup cd) every time I want to use it. I finally quit using it by going back to an old laptop for cisco stuff. It's a real pain!
Hope it works out for you.
Oh - running xp pro on a dall latitude. The system I had problems getting it to work with is a dell inspiron - but I don't think the problem was the system - I think it's a cheap converter.
Thanks for the replies guys!
I'm still having no luck. I have tried all possible COM ports when connecting, the only port I can get a "blank" terminal is COM3.
Anyway, I managed to get an additional USB to Serial Cable at work but seems to be the same thing happening. I'm starting to think that the issue could be with the version of Windows I'm running.
Tonight I will setup a Windows XP VMWARE and try the drivers for the USB--> Serial cable with that to see if it makes any difference.
Here is one more thing to check.
Go into your device manager and open up the properties for the COM port as well as the USB-to-serial device (if it it shows up separately). Verify that the bandwidth, data bits, etc settings in there match up with the the devices want. That could be the source of your issue.
Thanks Jeff .... but not much luck with that on Vista.
As it turns out I ended up having to create a Windows XP VMware and installing the USB ---> Serial device drivers there. I'm not able to connect just fine.
I would have preffered to get it working on Vista but its not so bad having to use a VMware anyway.
Thanks for all the suggestions/advice!
Glad you found a work-around!
I have a couple of differnt USB-Serial cables (Codi and USBGear) that I use with my XP laptop. I do have a Vista machine at home and will try to install and test these to see if the "vista drivers" actually work! I'll let you know.
dobbytec - that'd be great!
At least that way I would know what works and I wouldn't be blindly buying differnt cables.
Its back to XP for me - at least for the duration of my Cisco studies or until I find something that works on Vista x64.
Lucky to have an automated Windows install CD - I hate the bother of having to setup drivers etc from scratch.
Thanks for your help and advice everyone.
I use a Radioshack USB-to-Serial on Vista x32 and had to locate a hacked driver to get it working! You never specified the model/brand USB-to-Serial converter but if it is a Radioshack brand then you may try this driver just for kicks! Have heard that 64 it will revert to 32 for driver compatibility but obviously not running x64 Vista!
I just got GNS3 up and running with Putty and the Putty Connection Manager software.. Take a look at the attached pictures to determine if this is what you are looking for!
Here is the link explaining how to set it up and I am attaching a GNS3Sessions database file I made (Had to hunt the XML online and copy/paste into notepad.. You can use mine or do it that way!!!
Thank Chetan for this link! This is the How-To
This is a link to the GNS3Sessions file you will need for PuTTyCM
I created this file already and it works so I am attaching it as well!