How do I manage a Enterasys SecureStack C3G124-48P

I bought a Enterasys SecureStack C3G124-48P and wish to configure it (never have worked with managed switches before).  Is there certain software that I need to install on my laptop?
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAsked:
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Jim HallNetwork ManagerCommented:
The Extreme/Enterasys product line is easily configured with either a serial connection to the front facing 9 pin serial port and cable that came with the switch or by ssh once the switch has been initially configured.
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Jim... I bought this used and only received the switch (no cables or software)
Jim HallNetwork ManagerCommented:
The attached product install manual gives specifics for the switch you listed.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Maybe we can try and get a little more basic...

I boot up my laptop and get to my desktop.  I plug my USB to Serial cable into the laptop and the switch.

Then what?  How do I "log in"?
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:

I was attempting to use a USB to serial cable with a gender changer.  It appears that the gender changer was the issue.

I am now able to use my existing USB to (male) serial cable attached to a female to female cable and, with Putty, get a username prompt.

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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
This solution may be helpful to others as it describes what I needed.  A serial cable connection and a piece of software such as Putty to interact with the Switch.
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