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How to configure Cisco router

I'm totally new to Cisco and would like to learn little bit more about it, I have 1601 and 1720 model router and would like to first logon to it and then try to configure it with DSL ISP. How do I logon to it via Ethernet Console port from a Mac or optionally PC, I don't have a serial cable. Also I'm looking for a good but very basic guide to basic commands and stuff I should know about it. I tried to google it but couldn't find any useful info

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thanks guys,

I don't have a serial port on my 1720, only bunch of Ethernet ports and it doesn't look like this one here http://www.more.net/technical/netserv/routers/cisco1720/images/serial-router-w.jpg.
so I guess I need to get a serial port card for this one right?

the 1601 http://www.t3systemsinc.com/catalog/images/1601.gif  has two serial ports, which one is which? I guess the one I should worry about is the DB15 port (the other one has too many holes :-), so I would need to find USB to DB15 or Ethernet to DB15, which one will work better?

the Keyspan USB to Serial adapter (model USA-19HS) won't work with my DB15 serial port, so I guess either I need to get a DB9 serial port card or USB to DB15 port

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RSLE, so would there be a RJ45 serial port to USB adapter out there to connect to a Mac? this link http://www.ossmann.com/5-in-1.html is nice but a lot of work, I just need to get something simple, without lots of work. Would this http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/460444-REG/Avocent_210094_RJ45_Female_to_DB9.html plus yours  USB to Serial adapter (model USA-19HS)  and short RJ45 cable do the job as well? But what type of "RJ45" cable would work? regular straight Ethernet cable? or I need a special one
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thanks guys, that was all very helpful, I got a cable and I'm able to connect from a PC, now that I'm connected I gotta figure all that complex Cisco stuff :-) will post some issues I will probably have later on :-)
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