Cisco 3850 configuration

I was told that Cisco 3850 don't come with console port. How  can I connect to the switch ?

For stacking and configuration, is it similar to Cisco 3520 ?

Tks
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NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
check out here

https://supportforums.cisco.com/discussion/11859271/cisco-3850-console-port-usb-rj45

The Cisco Catalyst 3850 Switch (similar to the Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Switch) has two console ports: a USB mini console port in the front and an RJ45 console port in the rear. You can use either port (but not both) for input. However, both ports always display the switch output.

The default console port speed setting is 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit, and no flow control.

Using the USB Console Port

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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
interesting,  how to connect with USB,

Hyperterm can only support com port.....
NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
USB to com port converter
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
this is still using the com port on switch,

I mean how to make use of USB of my PC to Cisco

usb for configuration,

tks
NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Here the connection looks like,

Cisco 3850 switch (Back side) Console port ---- cisco console cable  (one side RJ45 and other side COM)  --- USB to com converter ----> your PC


http://plugable.com/2011/07/04/how-to-change-the-com-port-for-a-usb-serial-adapter-on-windows-7
JustInCaseCommented:
Just download driver from Cisco and use Cisco USB console cable from PC to Switch (it is just common USB Type A-to-USB mini-Type B cable), most likely you have one of those somewhere around :). Driver makes PC believe that it is connected to console port instead of USB port. So, inside of switch Cisco implemented USB to COM device - you just need cable from above.
Link for driver and use
YouTube - how to :)
AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Tks. Few questions

#1
If I use RJ45 port, should I need to input the following ?

Switch(config)# line console 0
Switch(config-line)# media-type rj45 switch 1

4 switch will be stacked together. Should the command remain the same ?

#2 in case I use usb connection, nothing need to configure. I only need to install the cisco driver. Does the box come with this usb cable ?

Tks
NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
//#1
If I use RJ45 port, should I need to input the following ?

Switch(config)# line console 0
Switch(config-line)# media-type rj45 switch 1//  --- No need to add this line

you can use the below commands

Switch(config)# line console 0
Switch(config-line)# login local

4 switch will be stacked together. Should the command remain the same ?  -- Yes; In stacking all switches has the same config


#2 in case I use usb connection, nothing need to configure. I only need to install the cisco driver. Does the box come with this usb cable ?   --- Nope.. the box wont come up with USB to COM port converter cable
AXISHKAuthor Commented:
To clarify my understanding on usb connectiom
Method 1
1 Use usb cable to connect pc to switch. The cable is similar to that used for phone
2 install cisco driver
3 use hyperterm to connect

RJ45 come with the box but not usb cable, correct
NetExpert Network Solutions Pte LtdTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Let me explain

Connect usb-to-com port cable to your pc
install the respective driver into the pc
connect RJ45 console one end to switch and another end to USB-to-COM port cable

Either open putty(select serial) or open hyper terminal and select com port
JustInCaseCommented:
Catalyst 3850 Switch Getting Started Guide
:)
Both USB and RJ45 console cables are optional, but you can find all information you need on the link.
AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Step 1 Connect a USB cable to the PC or laptop USB port. Connect the other end of the cable to the mini-B (5-pin-connector) USB port on the switch front panel.

Step 2 Start a terminal-emulation program on the PC or laptop

Which terminal emulation program can read USB port ? I use HyperTerminal but it can only read com port....  that's why I think some driver has to install to stimulate the USB to COM port...
JustInCaseCommented:
Watch the video on you tube - how to from above.

USB will be seen as COM port just as you expect. Inside of switch is USB to COM device (you just can't take it with you).
:)
You can use putty, teraterm also. Those are free versions.

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