I am a current student at my local Community College taking Computer Networking and I was given an old Cisco Systems Catalyst 2950 switch so I can become more familiar with creating VLANS and other functions and commands for Cisco switchs. The problem that I am have is that I am not able to console into the switch so I can configure the switch and working on commands. The OS that I have on my laptop is Win 8 and I am using putty to try and connect to the switch. I have done some research into this problem, but I was not able to figure out what I am doing wrong. I don't know if the problem is with the OS, console, or putty. If anyone has any ideas or able to help me figure this out. I would appreciate the help. Thank you
I am not using a USB to connect to the switch, I am using a console cable to connect from my laptop to the switchs console port in the back, and I checked the device manager and everything was up and running with updated software. The switch does work and runs good when connected to my network. I have still been researching and still working on it since I made the first post. *Wilson B* I have tried changing the BAUD rate to see if that would work and got the same message. I haveve tried using serial connection 9600 and 128k on COM1 through COM12 and still have not tried anything. I have even tried teleneting, Raw,Rlogin, and SSH with no luck. My network control doesn't even show that it's connected to anything when I disable my wireless connection and just hardwire it into the mdoem or switch. Since it's an older cisco switch, I am starting to wonder if putty will even work with the switch, so I am going to try and find another emulator that may work with the switch. If you have any other ideas or an emulator that will work on the older switch I am all ears, and Thank You for you help so far.
Connecting the switch to another switch and then trying to telenet into the switched didn't work, but I believe that is because something in win 8 is not letting me connect to the switch using putty. I took the switch to my instructor and hook the switch up and using one of the class room computers (win 7) I was able to connect to the switch with no problem. So now I need to figure out what setting I need to change to allow it to work. I am not even sure where to begin to try. I am going to put a ticket in at Microsoft to see if anyone there has any ideas also. Thanks again for all the help and please feel free to keep offering.
I spend well over an hour on the phone jumping back and forth between customer support people trying to get a straight answer from someone, so I gave up and throught my own trial and errors came up with these conclusions. 1 Putty is not compatibly with Windows 8 and either Putty needs to release a version that is or I need to find an emulator that will work with Windows 8 2 Don't waste my time calling Microsoft Support.
I would also like to thank the two people that gave me ideas and tried to help me get my problem solved which turns out to be either downgrade to Windows 7 or try and find a Termial emulation program that will work with Windows 8. Thank you for you help
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