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Ethernet to Serial Port emulation?

Is there a way to use an Ethernet port (RJ-45) to connect to a "serial" device?  None of my PCs have an actual serial port and I have some Cisco devices I want to configure.  Preferably without having to get a serial port or usb-serial adapter etc.

I've heard rumor that there is a software program that can do this but I have had no luck finding it.
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PUNKYCommented:
You can use usb to serial: http://sewelldirect.com/usbtoserial.asp
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Netman66Commented:
For $19 bucks pickup the USB to Serial Adapter - you won't regret it.  I have no serial ports either and configure switches.  I had to have this and I don't regret spending the money at all.

I've never heard of Ethernet to console before - I think if you use a rollover cable and hyperterm it may work, but I can't say for sure.

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Netman66Commented:
This *might* do what you want - I haven't tried it.

http://www.hw-group.com/products/hw_vsp/index_en.html
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ZakorizAuthor Commented:
I've tried using hyperterm with a rollover cable from eithernet to console but it doesnt recognize the ethernet port as a 'com' port and wont even try to connect..  Perhaps there is a way to do it but I dont see it.  I'll take a look at that software and see what it does.. the only concern I have is the "remote port" it says to use for TCP/IP (does that include the local ethernet port IP??)

Ill give it a shot and get back to you!
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ZakorizAuthor Commented:
I had to get the USB to Serial adapter. Sadly, the software options didnt have the option to do what I wanted. THanks for the help guys.
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Netman66Commented:
No problem.  I don't think a software solution would have been the right choice for you.  The hardware solution is the least problematic approach.

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