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Juniper SSG5 Console Connection Adapter

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I need to connect to the console port of my SSG5. The first adapter I need is the RJ45 to DB9. Will any RJ45 to DB9 adapter do or do I need the Juniper part number (JX-CONN-DB9)?

I do not have a serial port on my laptop. So, I will need a USB to Serial adapter. Any recommendations for that type of adapter as well?
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by:John Hurst
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According to the SSG5 getting started gulde, you can do one of the two following methods:

1. Ethernet connection from trusted port to workstation (recommended method) or
2. Ethernet cable to DB9 connector on workstation.

Number 2 is not recommended and you would need software to use the serial port.

So why not just use method 1?  That is how we configure our Netscreen 5GT and SSG5 machines.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Yes I normally would use 1. But, there is a wrong IP address in the admin ip management restriction. The bad IP is preventing me from using the normal WEB UI or SSH. So, I am locked out. I have PUTTY to use for the software.

I just wanted to know if there is anything special I need to know about the adapters.
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You don't need a special adapter for RJ45 to serial, any one will do.
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I would use the Juniper adapter (or at least get their pinout guide) and then get a very good USB to DB9 connector. I find that high quality USB cables ($25) do the job. $1.99 cables are rarely any good.

So their DB9 connector and a good USB cable should get you there.

At my clients, we use such USB to DB9 cables for programming radios and they work. I use a USB to parallel cable to run a printer (2 way communications) and that works.

... Thinkpads_User
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Will do! Thank you both for your help!
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Thank you and I was pleased to assist you. Good luck getting to the SSG5 Console.
.... Thinkpads_User
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