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Maximum console cable distance between PC & Router/Switch

What is maximum console cable distance between a Router/Switch & PC if i make it manually? bcoz in my remote center there is no laptop with the engineer, so when ever he wanted to check the router/switch via console he need 2 shift the pc near the router/switch, so instead i told him 2 make it manually done & it works fine, but i also wanted to know what is the limited allowed distance.

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Re: Maximum console cable distance between PC & Router/Switch

Hi Anand,

What i generally do in these scenarios is that i connect the console serial port to any RJ-45 jack (used for ur n/w connectivity near ur PC) and extend it to the switch/router console with the existing cat cable.

And i have used it successfully over 60 meters

HTH

Narayan

Re: Maximum console cable distance between PC & Router/Switch

Hi,

Console cables follow the RS-232 spec, so depending on speed you have the following:

speed m ft

9600 30 100

19200 15 50

38400 7.5 25

57600 5 16

115200 2.5 8

The full Cisco cabling guide with pinouts is here:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps332/products_tech_note09186a0080094ce6.shtml

HTH

Andrew.

Re: Maximum console cable distance between PC & Router/Switch

Thanks Narayan & Andrew, it was usefull & also i can share this info to others.

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