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Command Line Interface

How do I access the command Line interface so I can configure my cisco 2600 router series. I do not seem to know where to do this in my netbook. To which port also can connect the cable to give the router internet.

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Bronze

Hi,

Hi,

You need to access the console port of the router using a console cable. Your netbook most likely does not have a serial port for this, so you'll need a USB-serial adapter.

Once you have that, you need terminal software. PuTTy is a good lightweight program that you can download for free.

If you want to give the router internet, you need to pick a WAN port. Assuming you don't have an HWIC-ESW in the router, any port will do.

There is a guide here that may be helpful to you:

http://www.internetworkingcareer.com/command-line/how-to-access-the-cisco-cli-from-the-console/

I hope this helps.

Regards,

Tim

Bronze

Oh nice. Yeah that will do it

Oh nice. Yeah that will do it.

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Bronze

Hi,

Hi,

You need to access the console port of the router using a console cable. Your netbook most likely does not have a serial port for this, so you'll need a USB-serial adapter.

Once you have that, you need terminal software. PuTTy is a good lightweight program that you can download for free.

If you want to give the router internet, you need to pick a WAN port. Assuming you don't have an HWIC-ESW in the router, any port will do.

There is a guide here that may be helpful to you:

http://www.internetworkingcareer.com/command-line/how-to-access-the-cisco-cli-from-the-console/

I hope this helps.

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Thank you very much. Let me

Thank you very much. Let me give a shot.

New Member

Hi Tim,

Hi Tim,

Once I press enter it does not do anything. 

Bronze

Hi, 

Hi, 

So when you connected via Serial using Putty it connected but no output?

Can you confirm in Device Manager that the COM port is the one that corresponds to the right serial interface on your laptop?

Also just to confirm, the router is powered on?

If you hit enter a few times do you still get nothing, or do you get weird characters?

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Still nothing. At first it

Still nothing. At first it showed COM1 now nothing. Earlier in it was only a blank dark screen.

Bronze

Hi,

Hi,

If you're seeing absolutely nothing it's possible you're using the wrong COM port.

Or you are not plugged into the Console port of the router.

Or you are not using a proper console cable.

Can you attach a screenshot of your device manager with the serial COM ports expanded?

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Okay. I will do that. Give me

Okay. I will do that. Give me a min.

New Member

That is my cable, the adapter

That is my cable, the adapter and the screen shot.

New Member

Device manager from the

Device manager from the beginning.

Bronze

Hi,

Hi,

Everything looks mostly good except for the cable you're using to plug into the console port. That doesn't look like a console cable to me. They're usually light blue in color. They definitely are if they're from Cisco.

Console cables have a different pinout than other cables. They are NOT the same as Ethernet / Crossover / Rollover cables.

Can you confirm that you are using a console cable?

New Member

Thank you. I just ordered a

Thank you. I just ordered a light blue usb to console cable from eBay. I will let you know when I get it. Because I really want to get on this pretty soon.

Bronze

Ok. It's USB to console? Can

Ok. It's USB to console? Can you email me the link to the product so I can help you confirm it's the right one?

Regards,

Tim

New Member

http://m.ebay.com/itm

http://m.ebay.com/itm/281736212653?_mwBanner=1

This is the website to the console cable Tim. 

Thank you.

Bronze

Oh nice. Yeah that will do it

Oh nice. Yeah that will do it.

New Member

Thank you for your help and

Thank you for your help and the advice. Do you think after this cable the putty cli will allow me to write by hitting the enter key twice?

Bronze

Yes! Everything else looked

Yes! Everything else looked correct.

Just make sure you install the Windows drivers for this new USB cable and choose the right COM port from Device Manager.

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Hey Tim, another question on

Hey Tim, another question on my Cisco router, what is the function of the space where the network interface card goes? What does a NIC do to the router. Check below

Bronze

Hi,

Hi,

That's an empty slot where you can insert a module. For example if you need 4 switch ports, you can plug in a HWIC-4ESW interface card. Or if you need a T1 interface, there's an interface card for that as well. Lots of options based on what you might need.

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Can I put a wireless NIC.

Can I put a wireless NIC. Just curious.

What is the function of the DSU/ CSU port?

Thank you.

Bronze

A CSU/DSU is a digital

A CSU/DSU is a digital-interface device used to connect a data terminal equipment (DTE), such as a router, to a digital circuit, such as a Digital Signal 1 (T1) line.

The above is from Wikipedia.

You can see which HWIC cards your router supports on this page:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/routers/1600-series-routers/15363-wics.html

Doesn't look like any Cellular / WLAN cards are on the list because the 2600 model is older. The 2800 series for sure can.

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Khrushchev Tim, I am trying

  • Khrushchev Tim, I am trying to change the password for this router since it seems it has one for the previous user but it went let me.  Please advice.
Bronze

Hi there,

Hi there,

You need to password reset it... you can use this guide here which explains how: http://www.internetworkingcareer.com/blog/perform-password-recovery-cisco-routers/

Regards,

Tim

New Member

After I do this, what is

After I do this, what is going to be the username?

Bronze

Hi,

Hi,

You have asked many questions under this one forum topic which is no longer relevant to the original question. This is not going to be helpful to anyone else at this rate.

If you want to continue this discussion, you can create a topic here: http://www.internetworkingcareer.com/forums/networking-discussion/ and i will be happy to respond to you directly.

Otherwise, please create a new topic in Cisco forums and someone will pick it up.

Regards,

Tim

New Member

Thank you. I will do that.

Thank you. I will do that.

New Member

Can I put a wireless NIC

Can I put a wireless NIC there? Just curious. Thank you. And which is the better one?

New Member

I got the device manager

I got the device manager thing.

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