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Console Connectivity, Config dumps and CCENT benefits?

Apr 16, 2012 6:25 AM

Adamski 10 posts since
Apr 13, 2012

Good afternoon all,


Some of you may have seen my other recent contribution here - if you did you'll know that I'm just starting to study for my exams, and managed to steal (feels like it anyway!) some routers from a well known auction site for a minimal cost. If you didn't know that, you do now!


I've been tinkering away with one of my routers for a while now, and since receiving some power supplies in the post this morning, I can look to configure more than one at a time and VPN them. However, I do have a little problem... I leave my current workplace on Friday. My PC at the office is, at the moment, the only device that I have access to that has a Serial port on it. To that end, I need a method to connect to my other devices. I have found a cable which features USB A on one end, and RJ-45 on the other. Does anyone know of a way that I can utilise this to work with a Cisco 837 Router?


Next up on a technical basis: can anyone help me out with transferring a config file between routers? I am under the impression that a config is essentially a text file that exists on the router. I guess somehow I have to get that text file onto a machine, and then import it to another router via console?


Further; I'm still trying to determine which approach I'd like to take to the CCNA. Does anyone know if CCENT is as "widely" recognised as CCNA? Is it considered to be "more" beneficial to go straight for CCNA, or is CCENT considered to be worth the time investment?




  • chemilio 243 posts since
    May 31, 2009

    Hi Adamski,


    Forget about VPN, first the basics.


    For console access,


    Follow the steps on this videos,




    Remember if you are going to use the USB method you have to install a driver in the laptop/pc.


    Report back if you are successfull,  then we are going to take it a step further





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  • Cristian F. Stoica 361 posts since
    Aug 7, 2011

    For remote connectivity to your lab at home you have two options: (1) SSH to a PC that is connected (and configured) to your router(s) via USB-to-serial cable, or (2) buy an access router 2509/2511.

    The simplest way to copy config files between routers is to use a TFTP server as intermediary, and use copy run tftp:// or similar. You can also configure one of the routers as TFTP server.

    I would advise you to go for CCENT before CCNA only if that will give you an immediate benefit (like a promotion at work). Otherwise, go straight for CCNA if that's your aim.

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  • mjones - CCNP 192 posts since
    Aug 1, 2010

    Hi there,


    I wouldnt think that CCENT is as widely acknowledged as a CCNA at all. That said, it is still a certificate, and validation that you have the knowledge and skill required to pass the syllabus. So it can only be a good thing.


    1 composite CCNA exam, or the ICND1 & ICND2 track? It depends on your own situatiuon, learning speed, previous knowledge and exam skill, because the composite exam will have a larger breadth of knowledge required, and that in itself is going to add pressure.


    At the end of the day a CCNA is a CCNA, no matter what route you took to get there, I dont think one router is more benifical, or looks better, than the other route to an employer.


    I took the two exam approach, I found that suited me in terms of my own study technique, family/work commitments, and I'd rather split the topics into two sections than go for one big exam. It paid off, I passed both ICND1 & 2 first time I took them.


    Hope this helps,

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