configure 2801 router

I am new to cisco routers and switchs but I am currently trying to learn about cisco before my first ccna class. So I got a used 2801 router used from ebay for a learning tool and a 2950 switch. My question is to configure the 2801 can I connect a cat5 cable from my PC to the console port or another port like the aux ect port, I am only using it for learning not puting it production. What would be the best way to go about this?  I know this is a simple question for all of you cisco guys here...
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calvinetterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Cat5 can't be used on the console port.  You'll need to use a special serial console cable for that - which hopefully came with the router?!  For newer Cisco devices, it's pretty common for the cable to be a flat, light-blue cable with an RJ-45 end, & a DB-9 serial at the other end (either via a separate adaptor or integrated into the cable).    Something like the following found on eBay:   or

  Connecting to the console port:   (Cisco's website)

  If using a Windows box, you can just use Hyperterminal, set with:
9600 baud
8 data bits
No parity
1 Stop bit
Flow control: none


Go through below URL and configure you router
I wouldn't confuse him with the above URL, which is specific to the 827 platform.  The 2800 series doesn't have the "Cisco Router Web Setup (CRWS)", it uses SDM instead for the web-GUI, & this may not even be enabled anyway.
  Learn the CLI - this is the most valuable method for configuring your router, & will allow you to really learn the IOS; this will help you for your CCNA test & also in the real world.

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jasonpaineAuthor Commented:
It looks like it as been configure, should I reset it to factory defaults and reconfigure...better for learning.
>should I reset it to factory defaults and reconfigure...
  Might as well.  Yes, good learning experience.

Those are good URLs - bookmark 'em both (maybe print them out for reference).

Here's an absolute must-have URL - password recovery procedures (in case you forget/don't have the enable password):     <--- *definitely* print this out & bookmark!

jasonpaineAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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