I have my first Cisco switch and I was told you can connect to it via a computer's ethernet port as long as you have a rollover cable. I tried to use putty but I don't know how to configure because it looks like it's looking for a COM port.
IF the following are in place:
THEN you can connect to the switch from your PC using an ethernet port on both PC and switch, and you can then telnet or ssh (if they are configured on the switch) to the switch for management (if you know the username, password, and the IP of switch).
If you are connecting to a new switch, you will need a serial connection to the console port.
Hope that helps,
Based on the information you gave me, I can't get to the switch because I don't know the ip address of the switch or able to configure a vlan on the switch.
Here's where I am right now, I just bought a usb to rj-45 adapter. I did connect the rollover cable to it from the switch. I'm not sure what emulation tool for a usb adapter to use. Also if it will work at all. Can you help out?
Use 9600, n,8,1 for the serial settings. On a new switch, with no security on the console port, you should see output on the terminal emulation program as it boots.
The USB dongle (converter) usually will have a driver, that will make the device appear as a serial interface, that putty can then access.
I use mine with my Macbook. With the driver in place, I plug in the adapter, it recognizes it as a new serial interface, and I tell secure CRT to use that serial interface to talk to the network device.
I use the usb to 9pin serial D connecter, and from that I use a 9pin to RJ45 blue roll over cable.
I used the same adapter on a ubuntu linux box, and downloaded a little utility called minicom that also found the usb serial port for the connection.
The first thing I would look into is the driver.
i have same situation but my converter is 9 pin serial to RJ 45. Not able to take console of my cisco switch. could u please help.
If you have a 9pin serial interface on your laptop or desktop, it is very likely to be referenced as com1 or com2 in the software configuration of your terminal emulator.
Maybe this link can help you
Just type into google " Connect Rollover Cable to Cisco Switch" Pick the one you like and read it over until you get it.
YouTube will probably have some videos on that as well,. I know Keith has his YouTube Channel which i visit often for reference, Maybe there is something there it can help you understand.
Another thing - I know that some network Admins as a security precaussion sometimes change the speed of the Console port - , Try setting the switch to its default( Again! Google is your best friend ),
Hope it helps