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I have a couple of Baystack 350-24T switches that I would like to program. In the past i have used telnet to do this but these ones are not yet configured with an IP address so i need to get in through the console. I tried using a standard serial cable and hyperterminal but this did not work. Do I need a special cable as I know you need a rollover cable with cisco devices. Any suggestions
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by:jwalsh88
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Right from the Baystack 350 Documentation:

Console/Comm Port
The serial console interface is an RS-232 port that enables a connection to a PC or
terminal for monitoring and configuring the switch. You can also connect this port
to an external modem to enable remote dial-in management of the switch. The
port is a male DB-9 connector, implemented as a data communication equipment
(DCE) connection.
To use the Console/Comm port, you need the following equipment:
? A terminal or TTY-compatible terminal, or a portable computer with a serial
port and the ability to emulate a terminal.
The terminal should have the following settings:
-- 9600 baud
-- No parity
-- 8 bits
-- 1 stop bit
-- Window Terminal Emulator option set to NO
-- Terminal Preferences: function, arrow, and control keys active
-- Buffer size set to 24
? A UL-listed straight-through RS-232 cable with a female DB-9 connector for
the console port on the switch.
The other end of the cable must have a connector appropriate to the serial port
on your computer or terminal. (Most terminals or computers use a male
DB-25 connector.)
Any cable connected to the console port must be shielded to comply with
emissions regulations and requirements.
See ?DB-9 (RS-232-D) Console/Comm Port Connector,? on page F-1 for a
description of the pin assignments.
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by:tobyk
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yes I have read this documentation........
what i am not sure of is whether an UL-listed straight-through RS-232 cable with a female DB-9 connector is a standard serial cable or a standard serial cable is crossed over.......in any case I used hyperterminal with the listed settings and a standard serial cable and it didn't work
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by:jwalsh88
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Then you must be doing something wrong.  because I have done this many times an these same exact switches.  you use a standard straight through(not crossed) serial cable.  Connect it from the console port to your serial port1 on your computer, run hypertrm in windows, then make sure the port settings is set to use the correct COM port.  Try all of them if you are not sure.  make sure to use the correct settings of:
-- 9600 baud
-- No parity
-- 8 bits
-- 1 stop bit
Also, I believe it is None for flow control but it might be Hardware.  Try both.

Anyways, if this is the switch you have the above info should work, it's what I have successfully used in the past.
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I tried this with several cables and I am aware of which com port i was trying to use.....it says connected but the screen is blank....i doubt that it is connected though as it says that even when i pull the cable out
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by:jwalsh88
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Well then I am not sure how to help you as this is the correct method for getting to the console on these devices.
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I tried this with several cables and I am aware of which com port i was trying to use.....it says connected but the screen is blank....i doubt that it is connected though as it says that even when i pull the cable out
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by:Akhmal
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Hello,

My friend said u can use the same console cable used to connect to Accelar box. Well, i never try it before.
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by:jwalsh88
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It's just a normal straight through serial cable
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Hi Tobyk,

I got your problem, I also faced the same problem.

You have to switch off and switch on to use console in baystack 350-12T switch(after connecting the console cable to PC)

For console cable, if you can get the cisco DB9F connector with RJ45 backside(Normal console connector which come along with cisco router) two numbers and one patchcable(stright cable) this can be used for BayStack switch.

For accelar you have to use RollOver cable inplace of stright cable.

See if you can get cisco DB9F(RJ45 backside) two numbers
then using the following mapping for console cable which can used as respectively.

DCE to DCE Stright Cable (between DB9F)
DCE to DTE Roll Over Cable (between DB95)

Regards
Jayavel.





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by:tobyk
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Thanks heaps......knew it would be easy if you knew how
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tobyk,  did it work?
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