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Riverbed Steelhead 250 Series Console

Hello Experts,

I have acquired a Riverbed Steelhead 250 series router. However, I'm having a problem consoling into to the device.

The console for the Riverbed works in the opposite direction than Cisco routers.

Can someone please help?


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cpatte7372Author Commented:

Attached is a copy of the console port of the Riverbed
1) The 250 is a WAN optimization unit, not a router.
2) You need a serial cable to connect to the console.  Since my laptop does not have a serial port, I use a USB>Serial adapter.
3) You can SSH to the unit if you know the IP address.

cpatte7372Author Commented:

Thanks for responding.

I'm aware that the 250 is a WAN optimizer, I just wanted to highlight the difference between the console port on a router and that of the 250. I have the typical console cable used to console into a router. However, the end of the typical console cable I use to connect to a typical router is serial end of the cable .... I hope that makes sense
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Yes, it makes sense.  You need a serial cable to connect to the RVBD.  

Or, you can SSH to the unit as well.


Hello Carlton,

Here are the steps required to console into the SH 250

* Plug the serial (null modem) cable into the Console port of the Steelhead
* Plug the other end into your laptop (USB > Serial adapter might be required)
* Check console port, 9600, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, no flow control
* Start your terminal emulation program (Hyperterminal, Tera Term etc)
* At the login prompt, type admin - The default password is password

If you need anything further, just ask.

cpatte7372Author Commented:
Cheers mate
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