Cant Connect Pix 506 through serial console

Posted on 2004-04-22
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Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I am attempting to connect to my pix 506 firewall through a straight through cat5 cable connected to a rj45/db9 converter connected to com1 on my server machine.

I have hyperterm set to com1, 9600,n,8,1,hardware (I have tried com2 as well) and when hyperterm opens with those settings it says connected at the bottom of the screen, but I do not receive any data from the firewall. I tried restarting the firewall and waited a few minutes, but I dont get any response after a restart either.

Can someone provide me with some insight as to why it might not be working?

P.S. I tested the cat5 cable with my lantester and am getting green lights on all of the wires


Question by:sadian
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td_miles earned 2000 total points
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Cisco console cables are NOT straight through CAT5 cables. They are what is know as a "rolled" cable. What this means is that pin1 on one end connects to pin8 on the other end. Pin2 connects to pin7, etc.

For a diagram, head to (Table 3-3):

Your PIX should have come with one of these cables (usually light blue in colour), but if not, then you can easily make one with some CAT5 cables, a couple of cable ends and cable crimpers.

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