Connecting to a Cisco router's Console port via Zterm - Issues

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by Tintin, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. Tintin

    Tintin Guest

    Hi Sir,

    I realize that this topic has been discussed before but I am literally
    upto the wall with my attempts. I am turning to the forum after my
    futile attempts to connect my PowerBook G4 to a 2521 Cisco routers
    Console port.

    My setup is as below:

    PB <--> USB port <--> USB to Serial Cable <--> Serial-to-DB9 adapter
    <--> Rollover cable <--> Console port

    My connection settings are:
    9600 baud
    8 data bits
    No Parity
    1 Stop bit
    No flow control

    Symptoms after this connection:

    The ZTerm screen stays absolutely blank.

    Please help!!

    Thank you for your time.

    - Tintin
    Tintin, Aug 1, 2007
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  2. Are you sure that the USB dongle's drivers are working correctly? Did
    you choose which port to open inside ZTerm? Keyspan makes some solid
    stuff for Macs.

    Does your 2521 function still after all these years?

    I use my power book all the time to access cisco routers (and
    different brands of firewalls, switches, etc. etc. etc).
    Doug McIntyre, Aug 1, 2007
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  3. Tintin

    Merv Guest

    See if you can find someone who has a portable with a 9-pin serial
    port so that you can verify the DB-9 adapter rollover cable and the
    2521 console port. Given it work then you know that the problem lies
    with the remaining pieces. Divid and conquer ...

    Make sure you use a brand name USB-to-serial adapter such as Keyspan -
    a lot of the stuff out there is simply junk.
    Merv, Aug 1, 2007
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