Console Connection to an x440-8?


Userlevel 2
Excuse my ignorance, but I am having my first experience with an x440-8. Can I ask how do you console to the device? I need to complete the initial configuration of the device and can't seem to figure out how to connect to it.

Thanks,
Stan

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use an rs-232 (serial cable) into the console port. Use a term emu program such as secureCRT or hyperterminal. set up com port settings 8,1, no flow control.
Userlevel 7
Hi Stanley,
Does this article help: How to console into Extreme and Enterasys switches
Do you have a serial port or a serial to USB adapter?

Depending on the version that shipped with the switch, it may have Zero-Touch Provisioning enabled, which will automatically assign an IP address from DHCP to the mgmt port or to one of the other front-panel ports. That IP address will be displayed, one number at a time, in the stacking LED window. If DHCP isn't available, it will display its link-local address.
Userlevel 2
Not to sound silly, but there is no serial console port on the switch, only an ethernet port.
Userlevel 7
Stanley Riley Jr. wrote:

Not to sound silly, but there is no serial console port on the switch, only an ethernet port.

No problem, Stanley. Take a closer look 🙂
http://documentation.extremenetworks.com/summit_16/Summit_Family_HW_Install/Switch_ovrvu/c_summit-x4...

The Serial console port is implemented as an RJ-45 connector. The switch should have came with a purple cable and a purple adapter to use for this.
Userlevel 6
Stanley Riley Jr. wrote:

Not to sound silly, but there is no serial console port on the switch, only an ethernet port.

It looks like a ethernet port right under the management port on the left side of the switch.
Userlevel 6
Stanley Riley Jr. wrote:

Not to sound silly, but there is no serial console port on the switch, only an ethernet port.

Just sharing the cable picture so everyone can have it with details. 🙂

Userlevel 2
OK, just to note, I'm trying to work on this remotely. I do have remote hands helping me get it setup, and he was able to find the RJ-45 adapter.

What do I do if the stacking LED is blank? It's not showing any IP or link-local address. 😞
Userlevel 7
Stanley Riley Jr. wrote:

OK, just to note, I'm trying to work on this remotely. I do have remote hands helping me get it setup, and he was able to find the RJ-45 adapter.

What do I do if the stacking LED is blank? It's not showing any IP or link-local address. 😞

It most likely means it didn't ship with a version that included this feature. Not a problem.
Userlevel 2
Stanley Riley Jr. wrote:

OK, just to note, I'm trying to work on this remotely. I do have remote hands helping me get it setup, and he was able to find the RJ-45 adapter.

What do I do if the stacking LED is blank? It's not showing any IP or link-local address. 😞

So then is there a default IP address or something?
Userlevel 2
Stanley Riley Jr. wrote:

OK, just to note, I'm trying to work on this remotely. I do have remote hands helping me get it setup, and he was able to find the RJ-45 adapter.

What do I do if the stacking LED is blank? It's not showing any IP or link-local address. 😞

oooo, I got it! It was on COM5.

Thanks everyone for your help!!!
Userlevel 1
i found that using any RJ45 to serial console cable that isn't the one that comes with the x440 switches does not work.

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