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How can I configure a router without a serial port on my laptop.

I have a laptop with no serial or com port. Does anyone know how to establish a console connection to a Cisco Router using a USB,PCMCIA or LPT ports.

I have a rollover cabe and a usb to Ethernet adapter but that doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions would be appresiated.

Thank You.

Elbows

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Re: How can I configure a router without a serial port on my lap

Elbows,

You will have to either buy a parallel to serial converter and then use a db9 adapter and cisco router console cable to access the router.

OR you can buy, what is called as USB PDA adapter.

This is a USB to serial port converter.

Check this vendor.

http://www.keyspan.com/products/usb/pdaadapter/

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Re: How can I configure a router without a serial port on my lap

Thanks for the tip. I've ordered a USB to RS232 cable for about £10 which I think is about $15. It says it comes with a driver disk so I imagine this would simulate a COM port.

Thanks again,

elbows.

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Re: How can I configure a router without a serial port on my lap

Keyspan rocks... install is easy. Typically they install as com4. They are relatively cheap... can probably get one direct for $50.

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Re: How can I configure a router without a serial port on my lap

do you by any chance have another router around that IS configured? If so, you could run a rollover cable from the aux port on the configured router to the console port on the not-configured router and reverse-telnet to the configured router.

Re: How can I configure a router without a serial port on my lap

Just a description of Charles's idea.

R1 --- aux ----rollover cable---console ---R2

R1 - configured router

R2 - non configured router

Now telnet into R1.

and do the following configurations as per the link.

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/793/access_dial/comm_server.html

Once this is setup, you will be able to access the console of R2.

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